Wendy Williams Hunter, better known by her maiden name Wendy Williams, is an American media personality, actress and author. She hosts a syndicated television talk show, The Wendy Williams Show. Prior to television, Williams was a "shock jockette" on several radio shows. Williams has gained notoriety for her on-air spats with celebrities. She was the subject of the 2006 VH1 reality TV series called The Wendy Williams Experience which broadcast events surrounding her radio show. She has written an autobiography and several other books, and has created two product lines: an apparel line with QVC called Adorn by Wendy Williams and a wig line named Wendy Williams Hair World. On July 18, 2014, Williams' 50th birthday, she was honoured by the council of Asbury Park with the renaming of a street to Wendy Williams Way.
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Hi, I'm Wendy Williams, I'm a wife and a mother and a talk-show host of the Wendy Williams Show. I'm a NY Times Bestselling author, I'm a producer, I'm a dancer, I was on Dancing With The Stars, and I do a lot more than that besides. And I'm about to turn 50, so I have a little bit of wisdom. I'm here to take your questions today along with Victoria, so AMAA!
Edit: Well, I'm sorry I have to go now. But I am still hungover from Vegas. And I would love to go home, take my wig off, lay on the couch, and be fresh for you tomorrow. Thank you for all of your questions, and thank you SO MUCH for your support!
I've watched your show with my Ex (thank God) Wife. How do you feel that you get paid to pretty much talk shit, gossip, and get loud?
I love it. I love it. My plan worked out perfectly, you know? I mean, honestly, I've always been a pretty expressive person, and sitting in an office in a cubicle was not for me. I came from radio, where I spent 25 years, I knew I wanted to be in radio since 6th grade. So my plan worked out perfectly.
How you doin' Wendy? I love your show and even watch the after show on Youtube from time to time. I see that you are a great supporter of the LGBTQ community. How was it having your start in radio, particularly hip-hop radio and dealing with such a homophobic culture?
Well, it's definitely gotten better, but it's horrible, how is it in 2014 dealing with racism, you know? And believe me, having this television show, I've seen all types of racism creep up that I never thought. It sucks. Homophobia sucks just like racism does.
What's your favorite thing about New Jersey?
Hahah! The malls, the diners, the State is home for me. I've spent the majority of my career working in NY, but I've never lived in New York, I love Jersey.
What are the best and worst parts of being famous? How many times/day do you get asked how you're doing?
I get asked "How you doin" all the time. If I had to say, at least 10 times a day. And the best part about being famous is you're archived on TV, forever. It really is special to me. The worst part about being famous is camera phone pictures. I hate taking pictures, I only take pictures when I am forced to, I am such a nice person and I love to talk to fans on the street, but the second you want to take pictures of me, I'm running. I don't like that.
How you doin'?
I'm doin' great today!
Hi Wendy! Has it ever been difficult balancing your personal life with your career? How is Little Kevin handling his being a "hot topic" sometimes?
*edited to change your to his.
It's a very very delicate dance, to be a celebrity and also a private person. Our son is 13 and he just thinks I'm Mom, He's so not into the whole TV thing. And you know what? I like it that way. Little Kevin doesn't care about walking red carpets, or being on TV, or any of that, which I LOVE that my son is a "celebrity kid," he's just a kid. He's very weary of his friends who only want to be friends with him because they get to come into the house and see me without his wig. I was so not as smart as him at 13. And regarding my husband? I was very very popular when I met my husband, on the radio, so he knew what he was signing up for when we fell in love. But he didn't care about being famous, he just wanted to love me and help ME be famous. People ask "when is your husband going to be on the show?" That would be NEVER. "When are you going to do a show without a wig?" That would be never. My husband supports me, as opposed to jumping in front of the camera.
I was at Vegas last night, and we were planning to visit Tao as we were staying at Palazzo. But apparently, it was for ladies only. We were a group of all guys. So what goes inside the Bachelorette party?
It wasn't for ladies only, guys were ALL over the place, you missed an EPIC, EPIC pool party! I was wearing a bikini, we were doing shots, the music was great! It wasn't for only ladies. Oh damn dude.
Who has been your favorite celebrity guest? Least favorite?
I've answered this before back in Season 1, and it got me into trouble, so I will give you the politically correct answer and say: "I love ALL My guests!"
If I met you in real life, would you give me a high five? I love how enthusiastic you are on the telly.
Have a happy day! :)
You know what? I'm glad that my enthusiasm shows! I love doing this job right here. I would give you a high five, absolutely. The only thing I won't give you is a selfie photo! Thank you.
You know what? I'm already married, and I love my husband, but that is very sweet!
Yeah, she's the go-between from reddit!
Where did you get the inspiration to write such great books ? And how long did it take you to write them ?
Well, I work with a writing partner. This last book that I had, I have 7 books out, this last one I worked with a writing partner who happens to be an English professor at a college down south. We talk on the telephone, and that's how we formulate the books, and we turned them out pretty fast. The last book I had out, Hold Me In Contempt, which just came out a few months ago, it tools us ultimately 3 months to write the book. Because I had to ask for help, and the only reason why her name is not on the cover is because that's how secretive she wants to be, she takes it very seriously.
How are you today?
I'm feeling great, you know? A little hungover from the weekend, but I'm feeling terrific. I celebrated my 50th birthday on Friday, but I'm feeling better about myself than in my entire life. I know that 50 isn't dead, there's still more to learn, but today I feel fantastic.
What are your birthday plans?
Well, my actual birthday is Friday July 18, and I will be doing absolutely nothing. I will be in the house with my wig in a drawer, hung over from the night before, because the night before is a party in my honor, with Chaka Khan performing, and Lil Jon is doing the music, it's supposed to be the hottest ticket in town, I don't know much about the party but I have a nice dress to wear, and I plan on staying in the house and minding my own business on my actual birthday.
what is your favourite and least favourite type of guest to have on your show?
Wel, I'll be very very honest with you: my favorite shows are when there are no guests at all, when we all just do hot topics and "Ask Wendy" and have lots of interaction with the audience and stuff. But when I do have guests, like my favorite guests are guests that are familiar with our talk show, even if they've only watched one episode, so they come out with the shoe cam, ready to talk and have fun. My least favorite are the ones that have a list a MILE LONG of what I can ask, what I can't ask, I like talkers. I like great conversationalists. So when people come and they act like they're not familiar with the show, it pisses me off but I power through.
Im an aspiring actor. Any advice about being on tv? Can you help me get famous?
No, I can't help you get famous, but I can say - no I really don't have advice in terms of how to become an actor. Some people would say to go to school and learn how to act, other people would tell you how to have a good agent, but if you don't have the money for a good agent you'll have to settle with the rickety agent who isn't necessarily answering the door. I love the Midwest or down South, but if you're living in Kentucky, you need to move to either LA or New York.
What kind of difficulties have you faced as a female in radio or in the business in general? How do you deal with sexism in your life?
PS from what I can tell you seem like a really kind person and someone that would be really fun to be friends with. That's the kind of person I love to see on TV!
Thank you very much for that flattering comment. You know, it's tough out here being a woman, whether it's on TV or being a schoolteacher, we have to fight hard to be taken seriously, especially with these knockers that i have, while still maintaining your femininity. It happens to be easier for me because I know what I want, and I'm not afraid to ask for it, but that has come with time. I wasn't always this outspoken. We still only make 75 cents to every man's dollar, and god forbid you have on some tight jeans and your breasts are sitting right there - guys can be pigs, and other women can be judgmental a lot of times. I think that where women get it wrong, we feel like we can only be taken seriously in an ugly pantsuit and chipped nail polish. But it also helps that my husband is my manager, and so he's the one who does most of the fighting, which is what managers do, and he's a no-nonsense type of guy. But my confidence as a woman has come with age, and if you live long enough, you'll hit 50, and hopefully have the same confidence.
Hi Miss Wendy!!!
I watch your show all of the time. Mostly for the HotTopics, but also to see the trendy looks that you and the co-hosts wear. I want to be trendy but when I shop I never know what looks good for my body type. I'm a mini you only 5'2" :) Any advice?
well, it depends on how old you are! Because if you're 25 years old, I would want to see you in cute stuff that is appropriate for your career choice. I don't know what you do for a living, and there is a time and a place for everything. I appreciate you watching the show for some of the clothing that i wear, I know that oftentimes my skirts might be too short for a woman of my age, and then other times I'm dressed PERFECT for a woman of my age. But turning 50 has taught me I'm throwing out all the rules, and I'm going to dress with whatever suits my fancy any given day! And if you go to http://www.wendyshow.com you can click on wardrobe department and they will break down what I am wearing every single day - from bracelets to pantyhose to dress!
How you doin', Wendy! Do you talk to and prep your guests backstage before the show starts or do you wait until they come out on the air to talk to them for the first time? What method do you find works best for you?
i've always wanted to see my guests for the first time when they come out - so that when you say "WOW" i'm saying wow too! Because I want my reaction to them being fresh, I want that reaction to be fresh.
If you could choose one mythical creature as a pet, what would you choose?
I don't like pets. I think I'd probably want a tiger. It's not that i don't like pets, I'm just not that responsible. We had a dog many years ago, and we had to give him back to the shelter like a week later, because first of all my husband was allergic, our son, as much as he wanted a dog, never helped me walk him and never cleaned up his poop or fed him and they left everything on me. I like to look at pets, grew up with dogs and rabbits, but I don't want a pet. Not even a mythical creature.
You have been sentenced to death for a crime you did not commit, what would your last meal be?
Mexican. A burrito, guacamole, I love Mexican food. And maybe I'd smuggle a tuna fish sandwich on rye with swiss cheese, love that.
Will you at any point in your career (I know you're a busy woman) do podcasts? I love getting my hot topics from you and listening to pop culture podcasts just aren't the same without your input!
Yeah, I know, I had a podcast many many years ago when it first started. If you can't watch the show, all I can say is go on my YouTube channel. When I finish the show, the last thing I want to talk about is hot topics, when my girlfriends come over, we don't talk about hot topics. I save all my hot topics and jokes for the actual Wendy Williams show.
When will you finally shoot one of your show in Paris, France and visit your fans ? You have plenty of them here ! #howudoaa
I would love that! Our show has never been on the road in the 5 seasons that we've been on. So for next season, which will be season 6, we won't be shooting in Paris, France, which would be luxurious, but we will be shooting someplace here in our country or something, whether we take it to the Bahamas or we shot from LA or Chicago, we've never taken the show on the road, so I'd like to do that this season.
Wendy, were you nervous at all getting on stage in Vegas to do your show?
It wasn't nervousness that I felt, but I was a little scared, you know? I was a little scared that my jokes would fall flat, and people wouldn't laugh, or that I would forget the order of my jokes, I just wanted it to be over, and now that I've conquered my standup thing, it was a standing ovation at a sold-out show, I feel very accomplished.
I love the after show!!!! And the pictures of Susan in her bathing suit this weekend were the best.
Question- What art projects are you currently working on?
Well, I'm working on a movie for Lifetime that I'm not producing, but I have a pretty meaty role in this movie, and I've got to start memorizing the script, because we shoot in the next 4 weeks! Oh my god, we shoot next week!
Is there anything off limits when it comes to hot topics? Also, what are your favorite shows on TV (besides the ID Channel.)
Hahahaha! Yeah, there are some things with Hot Topics that are off limits. I can't cite a specific example right now, but listen, I don't want to be so distasteful that you're throwing tomatoes at the TV. And I'm very thoughtful in the things that I say, and one of my favorite things on TV besides the ID channel - I like HLN, to watch Dr. Drew and Nancy Grace and Jane Mitchell, I also enjoy the Food Network, I enjoy HGTV, and I enjoy some of the things on Bravo, not all of it - believe or not, I'm not into the cooking shows, when there's a marathon of Top Chef, I'm not into that. I don't know why, I like the Food Network, but I don't like the food competition type shows.
What do you have against Britney Spears? It seems like you twist every news story about her into something negative.
Also, did you and Mariah ever meet up after your radio fight?
I don't know what radio fight you're talking about? And I have nothing against Britney spears, but what I DO have is a 1-hour talk show where we talk about Hot Topics - and the things I say aren't mean, I am making critical assessments of celebrities and that's what we call "Hot topics" - one day I'm saying something lovely, the next day I'm saying something not so lovely, welcome to the world of being Wendy.
Hi Wendy, I've been a huge fan since your NYC radio days, have read all your books and remember when the talk show was in test mode! I wanted to ask you how one can apply to work for you and/or your show? I don't see anything on the Wendy Show website. Thanks Wendy!!!
Well, you would have to apply through, hopefully, being qualified to do something! Look online at WendyShow.com and see if you can find more info.
Wendy, I want to tell you that I just love you. I think you're so great, fun, and sincere and probably the only TV hostess who actually says what she's thinking!!
My question is about how you keep your voice and throat feeling good after speaking all day long? I know you use your tea+cough drop, but any other recommendations?
Thanks Wendy!! xoxo
Well, you know, knock on wood, I've never gotten Laryngitis in my 30 years of broadcasting. And the way I think keeping it in check is when the show is over, I go home. You'd be surprised what a reclusive person I am, but I feel like I have to be that way because I've shared so much of myself by being on TV, so when I go home, I don't want to talk on the phone, I'm a recluse and I think that's how I keep my voice in check because I don't do a lot of talking when I'm not working.
Who is your favorite comedian?
Oh my gosh, that's a hard one! I really enjoy Lunell, Kathy Griffin, I like Chris Rock, I like Gary Owen.
Can you talk the glam squad into doing their own after show or a book?
There's actually a project that we're working on for the Glam squad. I can't say exactly what, but there's a project!
Hi Wendy, happy bday. I'm one of your biggest at home fans. I'm trying to get out to see you and I've requested tickets various times but to no avail. I'm also your #1 after show fan. No matter where I am, I make sure that before the day ends I watch ur after show:) do u sometimes feel that people judge u too harshly when they really don't even know u on a personal basis?
Oh absolutely. But guess what? We judge during Hot Topics and we don't know those celebrities! We live in a judgmental society, and to be on TV and say what's on your mind requires some very thick skin. And I've got the thickest skin I know of.
How you doin' wendy? I'm Juana and I'm an aftershow watcher! Ive realized that you own more than one birkin. Ive been trying for years to get one but It seems that its almost impossible to get one. I know that you love talking fashion, is it that difficult to get one? thx! love ya!!
You know what? I took a trip to Paris several years ago, me and my husband, about 10 years ago, and we went over there on business, but before we'd gotten there, I had got in contact with one of the people who we were doing business with to ask if he could secure me a bag. He secured me not one but 4: a bright pink one, a red one, an apple green one, and a black one. AND he GIFTED THEM TO ME, which I wasn't asking for a gift! Since then, I have 7 Birkin bags, 2 gigantic ones, that's the one you always see me carry - i carry a white giant one during the spring / summer, and the black one i carry in the winter. If you watch the after show, you always see one in the corner. I got all my bags from that one contact, we are no longer in business together, but things didn't end funky so I can always call him up for another one. And I have 4 Kelly bags, I'm all Birkin'd out now, but I got mine through business contacts. I love handbags.
Hi Wendy! (How You Doin'?) Will there be another Ritz Harper book? Thanks!!
You know what? the Ritz Harper series is done, 3 books, and surprisingly, my production company is in the beginning conversations of possibly turning Ritz into a movie. I know.
Who are some of your favorite American Idols? Kelly? Carrie? Jordin? Hello from Maine!
We talk about that stuff on Hot Topics, but that's cuz I know you guys watch it. There are things on my talk show that I talk about begrudgingly, because I know that you guys want to hear, and American Idol is one of those, I don't really watch that show.
How you doin? I'm James I actually saw you I the airport on Friday! I was coming back from Miami to see beyonce but anyways my question is do you miss being on the radio and would you every go back?
There are aspects of being on the radio that I really do miss. radio was my first love, even over a boy. My intention is to get back into radio, while still doing television.
Hi Wendy How u doing?
i don't have any question, just wanted to tell that i love your show, i stay up all night just to watch all the videos on your youtube channel.
My dream is to come to your show in NY America
Love from Morocco !
Wow, that is so cool! I appreciate that. Is there anyone on this AMAA where the show actually comes on in your country? because we air in 52 countries?
What is your best advice for people in their 20s?
DATE OFTEN. PARTY HARD. AND THE NUMBER ONE FOCUS needs to be on your career.
I am only telling you from example. I knew when I entered college that I wanted to be a radio DJ. When I graduated, I started my first professional career 2 weeks later. And I haven't been unemployed for maybe 2 weeks for my entire career. I didn't care about anything else, I worked hard on my career, and i partied HARD to get it out of my system, you know what i mean?
And spend some more time alone. Learn to become your own best friend. Honestly.
Wendy, I am with you as I just turned 48. Is there a particular guest you would like to bring onto your show that either has not yet been on it or refuses to do interviews? If so, who?
Well, I've learned not to have fantasy guests, because then I get pissed when I see them on other shows but not on my show. By the way, I don't call them interviews, I call them a conversation. But I would love to interview Shia LaBeouf, or Judge Judy.
Are there any straight men in your audience? Seriously
If not, I would love to be the first
Sir! You'd be surprised how many straight men love the Wendy Show! I know it appears at first glance that it's nothing but women and gay men in the audience or watching at home, but believe me you're not on the only straight man that whispers "I like the show." The tickets are free, just go to wendyshow.com to ask for yours!
Why does my gym think your show deserves to be on like 8/10 TVs at any given time?
I love that! It used to not be that way! It's a struggle to have a successful TV show, and the public is very very finicky. So many show I think are very very good get cancelled so quickly. A few years ago we weren't on every tv at the gym so i'm very grateful!