In Wendy Williams’ best-selling 2004 autobiography, “Wendy’s Got The Heat,” the media personality discussed leaving Washington, D.C. radio station, WOL, after she received a job offer from New York’s 103.5. And according to Wendy, her split from WOL certainly was not an amicable one.
“When I got back to D.C. after the job offer, I typed up my letter of resignation, giving WOL two weeks’ notice,” she explained in her memoir. “I gave it to my boss at the time, [station program director] Dyana Williams. That was the proper and professional way, I thought, to handle it. Dyana Williams told me, ‘Don’t bother with the two weeks’ notice.'”
“She basically told me to get the f**k out right then,” Wendy went on to reflect. “She was very nasty and I was a little hurt. I had been a consummate professional my entire time in D.C. I never missed a shift and I represented the station well (as far as they knew). The way Dyana Williams handled that situation was very typical of the business, sad to say.”
Interestingly, Dyana says she recalls Wendy’s departure going down a bit differently.
“Just last week someone had said to me, ‘Oh, Wendy Williams is talking about you again in Uptown magazine,'” Dyana told HuffPost, referring to a profile of Wendy in Uptown’s April/May issue. “I was like, ‘What?’ It is not true, I did not fire her! I left the station before she did […] And I looked forward to correcting that, because yes, she wrote about it in her autobiography and it came up recently in the Uptown cover story.”
“I didn’t fire Wendy,” she continued. “In fact, I distinctly remember a meeting with her where I was giving her a critique and I said, ‘You’re talented, you have a bright future ahead of you. You just check your attitude.’ That’s what I said to her. I never said, ‘You’re fired’ […] I never fired anybody.”
While Dyana and Wendy fail to agree on the circumstances surrounding her departure from WOL, Dyana expressed that she’s very proud of the media maven.
“I’m telling you, the woman was talented then,” Dyana said. “I’m very proud of her despite the fact that she has a misinterpreted reality fact about me and her, and our history. So yeah, no, I did not fire Wendy Williams. I’m a huge Wendy Williams admirer.”
A spokesperson on behalf of Wendy declined to comment on Dyana’s claims.