Wendy Williams Faces Backlash for Appearing to Mock Amie Harwick’s Death
Wendy Williams is known for being outrageously outspoken and this has landed her in hot waters many times. But the backlash that she has received in recent months hasn't seemed to have sunk in, and she is under fire yet again. Keep scrolling to see how she appeared to mock Amie Harwick's death...
Wendy Williams is a talk show host, former radio DJ, actress, and author.
Basically, this woman can do it all. She’s been in the business for a long time.
She has a long history of working in radio...
Wendy has an incredibly charismatic personality, so it’s no surprise she found success on the radio.
Her radio career spans back to the late '80s...
When she was eventually hired by a Philadelphia radio station, her candidness on the air helped the station jump in its rankings.
But she left her radio show in 2009...
It was time for her to focus completely on what would become her iconic talk show, The Wendy Williams Show.
The Wendy Williams Show has now been on the air for eleven years.
It first premiered in 2008 and has since become quite the daytime talk show, and if you’re familiar with the show at all, you’ll know that it has a legion of dedicated fans.
If you're looking for a show that has a pulse on trending topics and hot celebrity gossip, this is the talk show for you.
Not to mention that Wendy is a hilarious host, so it’s no surprise that the show has been on the air for some time.
But with her many pros...
Comes her many flaws.
Her lack of fear of holding back isn't always a good thing...
Who remembers the time when she said that nobody feels sorry for Meghan Markle? Now that was savage.
And another comment that ruffled some feathers?
In a recent episode of The Wendy Williams Show, she was discussing the recent backlash against Beyonce for not standing up during Joaquin Phoenix’s Golden Globe win.
Wendy rushed to Beyonce's defense...
Purely for the reason that “nobody is Beyonce,” which isn’t the most valid of reasons.
She made a comment about Phoenix, claiming that she doesn't even know who he is...
But she then started showering the actor with compliments in regards to his looks, talking about how good looking he is.
This is when things took a turn for the worse.
While gushing over his handsome and “striking” looks, Wendy went on to mention his cleft lip – all whilst mimicking it.
"I find it to be very attractive..."
She posed with her finger pushing her lip up for a painful 10 seconds while the audience nervously laughs. Not cool, Wendy.
People were not happy.
Many found Wendy’s mockery to be offensive and disrespectful to people who have cleft lips.
It seems that Wendy can't take this one back...
She may have taken it too far this time.
The backlash was staggering...
And, after days of relentless abuse online, Wendy finally apologized for her actions.
But, strangely enough...
Her apology wasn’t aimed at Joaquin Phoenix.
She apologized to someone else entirely...
The Canadian League Winnipeg Blue Bombers football linebacker, Adam Bighill, was one of the first celebrities to slam the TV show host.
The topic is very close to home for the sportsman...
Bighill himself was born with the condition, and his son, Beau, also suffers from a cleft palate. He recently shared a photo of his son shortly before his reconstructive surgery. “Today is Beau’s big day. He is getting his lip repaired today in Winnipeg by the fantastic Dr. Ross. Thanks to everyone who has reached out, and in advance, thanks for any of your well wishes for Beau.”
Bighill was completely disgusted by her actions...
And, since the show aired, has called for an apology every single day on Twitter.
And his persistence finally paid off...
Because Wendy took to Twitter to formally apologize, as well as announce her donation to various cleft charities. “We’re thinking about Beau today as he is in surgery. I want to apologize to the cleft community and in Beau’s honor, our show is donating to @operationsmile and @AmerCleftPalate and encourage our Wendy Watchers to learn more and help support the cleft community.”
It seems fair enough, right?
Wrong! Wendy just won’t learn from her repeated mistakes, as the latest episode of The Wendy Williams Show proved.
Her episode from Monday the 17th of February has caused yet another stir...
And this is because Wendy just had to mention the recent murder of Amie Harwick.
Amie, who used to date The Price Is Right host Drew Carey, was tragically found dead on Saturday last week...
She had fallen from a 3-story balcony outside her Los Angeles home, and her ex-boyfriend Gareth Pursehouse is currently being held as a suspect of her murder.
It is a tragic set of circumstances...
And Wendy simply couldn’t resist mentioning Amie’s death on her show yesterday.
Wendy briefly explained what happened...
And after she explained how the neighbors heard screaming and the cops found Aime dead on the floor, she swiftly added, “Not by Drew…”
She then saw an opportunity for a joke...
She said, “Come on down!” in reference to the gameshow catchphrase, and she then tilted her head up before looking down to the floor, as if watching someone fall.
Not cool, Wendy.
The audience clearly felt the same as there was no laughter and an awkward silence sat instead.
A few members of the audience gasped and groaned...
And one brave member even pointed out the circumstances surrounding Amie’s death had not yet been confirmed.
She got very defensive when she was called out...
Wendy went on to say that “allegedly, the ex-boyfriend did it” – with a sarcastic amount of emphasis on the “allegedly.”
Wendy just wouldn't stop.
She decided to rattle on about Amie’s dating history, and she even mistakenly pronounced her name as Dr. Amie Hardwick, instead of Harwick.
Of course, viewers were not impressed with Wendy... yet again!
Joking about a tragic death is not acceptable, and we really aren’t sure if Wendy will ever learn from her repeated mistakes.
Many think that Wendy should be taken off the air...
And the loud-mouthed host has ultimately been branded as “heartless” and “rude.”
Watch the video for yourselves here...
And let’s sincerely hope that Wendy has a long, hard think about her future as a TV show host.
The British Royal Family are one of most famous families in the world.
Yes, even more famous than our beloved Kardashians.
But, out of the many members of the British family...
The Duke and Duchess of Cambridge are the firm favorites of the younger, more modern monarchy.
They have long been royal favorites.
Following their lavish and highly documented royal wedding in 2011, Wills and Kate were thrown into the media spotlight, and we still can’t get enough of them.
They met while studying at university.
William, who is the son of Prince Charles and second in line for the throne, met Kate at the University of St Andrew’s in Scotland in 2001.
Though their relationship was on and off for years...
They clearly couldn’t stay away from each other, and their engagement was announced in 2010, 9 years after they first met.
And, ever since, we have followed them as their own little family grew.
In July 2013, Prince George Alexander Louis of Cambridge was born, becoming the third in line to the throne of Great Britain. Kate emerged from St. Mary’s hospital in London in a blue polka dot dress, which many saw as a fitting tribute to Princess Diana, who wore a similar spotty attire herself some thirty-one years earlier.
Princess Charlotte followed shortly after.
Princess Charlotte Elizabeth Diana was born in May 2015, just under 2 years after her older brother.
The princess has actually made royal history.
Princess Charlotte became the first female royal to retain her claim to the throne, despite having a younger brother. Before the Succession to the Crown Act 2013, the birth of a son meant that he would leap over any older daughters in the line of succession.
Traditionally, Prince Louis would have overtaken Charlotte in the line to the throne.
But, now that Princess Charlotte hasn’t been ruled out by gender, Prince Louis remains fifth-in-line to the throne, while Charlotte is fourth-in-line behind her older brother, Prince George.
So, as you can see...
William and Kate really are paving the path to a more modern monarchy.
The couple are notoriously progressive during public events...
And are always happy to mingle and have casual chats and conversations with members of the public.
William is a natural with the crowds...
Something that he has clearly inherited off his mom, the much-loved Princess Diana.
So, it comes as no real surprise to hear that the couple are still making a tremendous amount of effort with their royal duties.
Not ones to let a little medical pandemic stop them, William and Kate have been cracking on with their duties from home.
Like the rest of the world, the Cambridges are being forced to self-isolate.
And, especially after William’s dad, Prince Charles, was diagnosed with the virus, they have been taking extra precautions at keeping themselves and their children safe.
Last week, the couple shared snaps of themselves working from their homemade offices...
Enabling royalists to finally catch a glimpse into the home of the Cambridges.
They posted the photos along with this caption:
“Self-isolation and social distancing can pose huge challenges to our mental health — in recent weeks The Duke and Duchess of Cambridge have been in regular contact with organizations and patronages to understand the issues they are facing during this difficult time.”
Already, their home looks just as elegant as any of us would have imagined.
Only the royals could have a work-at-home set up like this.
And then, they gave us all a second look into their home.
Using the popular video call service, Zoom, Wills and Kate surprised the children at a school in the U.K. Explaining their virtual visit, they wrote: “The Duke and Duchess of Cambridge called teachers and school staff at Casterton Primary Academy to thank them for their hard work and dedication – and to wish the children a very Happy Easter.”
The couple could be seen waving enthusiastically to the staff and children...
With a much more normal home setting in the background – we’re talking white wooden doors, a single photo frame hung up on, and plain, cream walls.
And, of course, only the Cambridges could look this good during lockdown.
Kate Middleton… Teach me your ways. For more on Prince Charles’ current health, keep scrolling to hear the worrying update the royal family have given…