Wendy Williams

Former shock jock Wendy Williams was stunned at the backlash to her statement on the NAACP and HBCUs. The talk show DIVA responded by apologizing to her audience, then she fired 3 Caucasian staff members who wrote her one-liners that day.

According to Page Six, Wendy's longtime producer Jason Gabel got the ax and "at least two other senior staff members were let go."

“The crew had a big party celebrating what they considered a season well done,” a source told Page Six, and “the next day [some of them] got calls saying they’d been let go.”

The source added that Wendy wants to "retool the show, adding more current- affairs coverage and pop culture."

The controversy started when Wendy rightfully criticized biracial actor Jesse Williams's Kumbaya speech on the BET Hip Hop Awards last month.

“[His] speech was very poignant. On the other hand, I would be really offended if there was a school that was known as a historically white college," said Wendy in her off-the-cuff manner. "We have historically black colleges. What if there was the National Organization for White People, only? There’s the NAACP…” added Wendy.

Wendy's longtime friend, journalist and activist Roland Martin, reacted with rage and indignation, calling her comments “silly” and suggesting she “shut the hell up".

"You do realize that the NAACP was founded by a mix of folks that were black and white. Do you realize that the first president of the NAACP was white?” he asked.

“I stand corrected,” Williams said, after inviting Martin to be a guest on her show.

Amid the backlash, one of her biggest sponsors, Chevrolet, was forced to pull a lucrative sponsorship deal. The loss of substantial revenue left Wendy in tears.

“I’ve never been scared to face being wrong … I want to apologize to everyone I might have offended regarding my remarks … I was wrong,” she said.

  • YaYa

    well...
    so blame someone else for you sounding stupid

  • Let Your Soul Glow

    So 3 white people wrote the words that you willingly said and only backtracked on when you started losing money, but it's their fault. Okay. Bye, Wendell.

  • nicelyput32

    https://youtu.be/XHu3ZSWGPW4
    I need a dance break.

  • KayCal

    Hit them where it hurts (i.e., those pockets) and people are quick to respond.....I say follow suit with these companies....

  • BRING THE PAYNE

    MONEY LOSS can turn the hardest...a wet faced apologetic.

  • EasyBreezy

    Pretty typical to re-tool at season's end......growth is necessary, but can be tough.

  • mainey

    The controversy started when Wendy rightfully criticized biracial actor Jesse Williams‘s Kumbaya speech on the BET Hip Hop Awards last month
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    Rightfully? What did he say that was wrong? She made herself look like a fool. Damn new blacks. And to blame the staff? Chile please. You believed that mess because you said it real confident like.

  • PhillyFacts

    She should've went with her staff

  • KcoolMuziq

    She just saving face. She knew what she was saying. She's a college educated woman herself. It's no way she didn't understand. Her brother went to a black college. She didn't have to say it. The lies she tells daily needs to stop. Karma is catching up to her...

  • Junkanoo

    There are a lot of educated fools in the world ,she should have had enough common sense to know better ,she can't blame her staff for the words that come out her mouth. She's constantly tearing down black people is her staff to blame for that as well. Wendy is messy and spends too much time trying to make more and more money ,with a fashion line,wigs,books ,comedy tours and the like ,she's just greedy trying to save face by throwing her employees under the bus

  • Mystery User

    Wendy knew what she was doing.... she did it for ratings.

  • Jen_n_juice

    Sooooooo you blame writers for the things you said? Hmmm so you have no mind if your own? You can't think for yourself Wendy?

  • RespectSelf

    well hey... the question she asked made sense... Just a touchy, touchy topic for blacks. It's a sad thing for "African Americans" Their ancestors go back way beyond America, but can't get passed a few hundred of years to the thousands of years of history.

  • Jen_n_juice

    And it back fired when she lost that sponsership! #WhenTryingToBoostRatingsGoesWrong

  • MyNameIs

    Because as the host...there's no way she can tell them what she will and will not say. *sarcasm*

  • MyNameIs

    Because as the host...there's no way she can tell them what she will and will not say. *sarcasm*

  • Mystery User

    You guys seem to forget where she came from - radio, and she was always spewing nasty hateful things... This is why she can't get a lot of notable Black guest on her shows... don't nobody f*ck with her. Look at all the black folks she has on - Nene Leakes, Joseline Hernandez, last nights trash. Sure she has a hit or miss but int he grans scheme of things, Wendy is a tap dancing Sambo that will 'sell' black folks down the river.

  • Mystery User

    You guys seem to forget where she came from - radio, and she was always spewing nasty hateful things... This is why she can't get a lot of notable Black guest on her shows... don't nobody f*ck with her. Look at all the black folks she has on - Nene Leakes, Joseline Hernandez, last nights trash. Sure she has a hit or miss but int he grans scheme of things, Wendy is a tap dancing Sambo that will 'sell' black folks down the river.

  • mela.reign77

    Wendy is so full of it she wasn't sorry before losing her endorsements but now she's in tears? She has to point the blame on someone rather than holding herself accountable. They may have written whatever for her but her watery mouth uttered the words. Just stop it girl, stop it! LMBO!!! Good morning my rays of sunshine! I pray that each of you have a wonderful day. :)

  • mela.reign77

    Wendy is so full of it she wasn't sorry before losing her endorsements but now she's in tears? She has to point the blame on someone rather than holding herself accountable. They may have written whatever for her but her watery mouth uttered the words. Just stop it girl, stop it! LMBO!!! Good morning my rays of sunshine! I pray that each of you have a wonderful day. :)

  • LeBrick James

    I never understood why she was so popular. Wendy Williams isn't a net positive for the black community. Definitely a net negative, with her constanty tearing down black people and spreading her negative energy. If she were to retire tomorrow I wouldn't be mad at all.

  • LeBrick James

    I never understood why she was so popular. Wendy Williams isn't a net positive for the black community. Definitely a net negative, with her constanty tearing down black people and spreading her negative energy. If she were to retire tomorrow I wouldn't be mad at all.

  • Nonya Bizness

    Why doesn't she write her own c rap, or read it before she reads it out loud? Oh, that's right, she probably DID read it first, and just had to blame someone else like usual, w her nasty"I don't close the door when Kevin and I are getting it in" self. There was nothing wrong with Jessie's speech either. I think she was just trying to continue catering to the old ww that love her. My mom loves her,and I can't stand her, and as far as "Historically White Colleges", they don't need to have white in their name to be considered White. All they have to do is have mostly white students,imo, and there are many of those. I just read through a list of schools and none of them had less than 88% white students.You don't have to go to an "All White School" to be taught lies, but you might want to go to a Historically Black College if you want to hear real history,imo. There is nothing wrong with Historically Black Colleges. White people never experienced or were treated in such a way that they had to go to a college that was not going to discriminate against them because of their race.WP segregated the schools and started the problems to begin with.

  • MoniquetheGeek

    constantly tearing down black people
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    That's why she's popular with the non-blacks. She says what they like to hear.

  • product of 79

    ? AYYYYEEEE lets get it ?

  • Lisa daniels

    EXACTLY, because these are things that you should have learned in college if you did learn iron K-12

  • nicelyput32

    Oldie but goodie that gets the party started.

  • harley_quinn2.0

    She knew damn well what she was saying and if they did write it, she obviously saw nothing wrong with it. How are you ok with your staff writing this type of material? She's made disparaging remarks in the past but she took it too far this time. Now you wanna cry because it's affecting your pockets.

  • Lisa daniels

    Sprites who like to laugh at the misguided and misfortune of blacks like her.

  • product of 79

    Yaaasss... Love booti call ? my kids lookin like mama bye LOL

  • LeBrick James

    That's how it is nowadays. Nobody wants to take personal responsibility for anything they do or say. Like these silly 'celebrities' who tweet out dumb stuff, then say "my twitter account got hacked".

  • http://realitytea.com/ Lady Chatterley’s Lover

    Then she needs to fire herself because hers was the Black face that said it. Am convinced Wendy is striving to be a "I am not like the rest of them" Negress.

  • nicelyput32

    LOL... Sounds like my child

  • LeBrick James

    How does the question she asked make sense?

    This is a black woman woman in her 50's who doesnt understand we have historically black colleges? Do you understand why we have historically black colleges?

  • Angela

    Boom, there it all is...

  • Octavious Crapp

    There actually is a National Association for the Advancement of White People as well as the KKK, Creativity Alliance, Council of Conservative Citizens to name a few. And just when you thought it ain't so, Wendy and Sandra..there are many historically white colleges....Yale, Harvard, Brown....also Google when most state public institutions began letting blacks in...thus the need to have created our own....

  • ChocolateChick84

    I don't care who wrote it, she is still too old to have repeated it. She should have known better. I have no sympathy for her.

  • Angela

    This manly heffa's mouth got her in trouble once again and she's looking to blame someone else because it has cost her a big money sponsorship...She is a wannabe YT woman...A big fat sellout....I'm surprised she's stayed on television this long...

  • AnonymousRose

    They wrote it and u just read, and spoke it, wendy , bye......just dumb, I not reciting chyt I dont agree with, I dont care who wrote it.

  • AListDiva29

    They just need to cancel Wendy, she's obviously old and bitter and needs to make sh*t up and say dumb stuff to keep viewers. Since she's made enough celebrities mad, I hope they boycott her, and she can't get any guests. She's old and ppl are over her, girl bye!

  • http://Copblock.org Brenden’s Back #BlockDeez?

    "The controversy started when Wendy rightfully criticized biracial actor Jesse Williams‘s Kumbaya speech on the BET Hip Hop Awards last month."

    But in the other thread you were criticizing Black on Black? Now we're mad at a Black man preaching "Kumbaya" I'm soooooooo confused, Fûck...I need a drink??

  • Teresa Uriel

    Boy STOP!
    wendy aint firing no white person. Somebody white ( above her ) fired the white person

  • Lovelove

    See how voicing our displeasure and boycotting works? I boycotted her and others did too. We'll see if she does better.

  • Genia

    Wey...WHUT??? Dear lord be a brain cell so that i may understand this....you fired "white" staff members, who allegedly, wrote your teleprompter script that day? ......becausezzzzzzz O_O though you are a black woman, from the city, whose career in radio and TV is due mostly to african American listenership and viewerships....knew nothing of HBCU's and their significance to our community? You didn't know that Wendy? and your white writers set you up? Because as the words fell from your mouth...you had no idea of their impact...BISH bye. STOP!! JUSTSTOP...

  • http://citygirlzen.blogspot.com/ missarewa

    she still had a brain to filter what was written so......................

  • Eviania

    You must be too dumb realize that hbcu was started because black Americans were not allowed to enter white colleges.

  • A D N

    Was she wrong in her thinking or wrong for just saying it? Sounds like the latter to me because she acted upon her saying it...and not thinking it...

  • A D N

    We are past it...but it is still a part of our history...and some parts still hurt...yes...still...

  • A D N

    And...she still doesn't want to understand because she claims she wasn't a part of the "black" experience...

  • Faithz

    Exactly and besides that she could have change the word up, if she had been smart.

  • Ceezus

    So is she a robot with no brain??? She didn't review or comprehend what she was reading? This makes the situation worse. She should've said her apology and let this die down. Glad I stopped watching her foolery.

  • RespectSelf

    The very simple question makes sense. At least for the black community it does... black people as a whole seem to be the only culture in america that don't want to be seen as themselves. As whole (Not every black person) they don't support their own businesses and almost seem ashamed by their culture. So to me it makes sense for a black person who is press to fit in with others to ask "Why do we have HBCU if it would be offensive to have HWCU.?" The question seemed to be more about why do we openly refer to them as HBCU then why did black people historically have a need to educate themselves.

    Does it make sense for a pro black person to ask that, no. But the question makes sense for the many black people like her to ask.

  • Ceezus

    Poor staff prob thought they were writing what she would've said anyway, now they get punished.

  • http://www.mylifeinlame.com/?m=1 Kimberly

    That's the thing that bothers me. One would think that all blacks, especially a black person her age, knew the origin of HBCU's and the NAACP.

  • Ceezus

    And the NAACP!

  • PhenomenalWomanThatIsMe

    There are no "historically white colleges"?? For real. How about all of them! Black people weren't allowed to enroll, which is why black colleges were created. How dumb is Wendy to parrot someone else's words without thinking them through?

  • 2MIDDLEFINGERSUP

    krama is a mofo

  • LibraGirlonly

    Bye Wendy!!

  • MzFutureLCSW

    She knew what she was doing. Trying to please "dem folks".

  • Sandra Dee Spidey

    I don't care what they wrote for her, she should have known better

  • http://www.beautyisland.weebly.com Indigo

    Wendy the Whimsical Wilderbeast

  • http://www.beautyisland.weebly.com Indigo

    Wendy the Whimsical Wilderbeast

  • Renay Peters

    Point .. . BLANK STARE!....End of HOT TOPIC!!.....A HORSE IS A HORSE OF COURSE OF COURSE....i haaaaate that meat whistle blowing abuser loving WENCH#

  • Renay Peters

    Point .. . BLANK STARE!....End of HOT TOPIC!!.....A HORSE IS A HORSE OF COURSE OF COURSE....i haaaaate that meat whistle blowing abuser loving WENCH#

  • Chief Troll So Hard

    Write your own content you Godzilla looking bish

  • Chief Troll So Hard

    Write your own content you Godzilla looking bish

  • Zizzle

    The controversy started when Wendy rightfully criticized biracial actor Jesse Williams‘s Kumbaya speech on the BET Hip Hop Awards last month.

    Make that breitbart money, Unc!

  • Twinetta Mitchell

    The sheeple are waking up and causing backlash huh.... Lol @ "the loss of substantial revenue left Wendy in tears".

  • stanley

    Wendy is a white woman trapped in a Black woman's body lol .... So she didn't even question the question the que cards

  • Sexy CJ

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  • Sandra Dee Spidey

    I see what you are saying

  • JustB

    She gets paid for her opinion...right or wrong...she just has to realize...people will come for you when you call

  • i troll it like i see it

    A real woman would take responsibility for her words! You don't blame others for what came out of your own mouth, it's not like they posted a tweet on her behalf, she SPOKE these words!

  • Allergic2dumbstuff

    The news of Wendy's house cleaning came to light after her show went on hiatus? How convenient.

  • DaughterOfaQueen

    Lol...not the new blacks!

  • sherri2016

    We know whatever her husband says goes but she that dumb to listen and say something that's supposed to be someone else's opinion I guess she not the strong women she pretends to be she know those were her words and her thoughts she just trying to blame someone

  • Enoughsaid2020

    She knew all along, just wanted to create drama, and she got what she was not expecting. SMH!

  • Anna Maria

    My late mother would tell Wendy, "Girl, go sit your butt down in a corner and stay there until you admit you were stupid." Wendy should have known about HBCU's as a child, considering her father went to Lincoln University, an HBCU. Surely she knew about the NAACP and the pivotal role it played in getting segregation abolished in public education. If she didn't learn these things as a young person she is dumber than I thought. How can she allow three WHITE producers put those words in her mouth? Didn't she have black staff who would have given her some better lines? Why did she take on the subject at all?

  • Anna Maria

    BTW, Sandra is the only black (?) blogger to criticize Jesse Williams's speech at BET. Of course white racists have denounced him and if Sandra wants to attack him, then she is a dark skinned self-hating black woman.

  • Cole

    And I'm INSTANTLY like "#LIES" !!!!

  • Anna Maria

    She sure is. Those wigs and makeup won't get her where she wants to go. As a black woman I would gladly give her a little push into the white world. Buffoon.

  • Cole

    Sometimes I feel she says stuff for the shock value and doesn't truly believe what she's saying....

  • Anna Maria

    Amen. I stopped watching her a long time ago.

  • Lolalao

    Exactly.

  • kekeb

    Where are you from Sandra? Where are you from where laws and acts that reduce discrimination against blacks are not necessary (in your opinion)? You and Stacey Dash should have lunch

  • I came to slay bitch!!

    Girl bye!!! They may have written it for you, but it came out of your mouth!!!. Take that "L" Mr. Williams.. how you doing??

  • RahRah

    an educated black woman with a TV talk show would have recognized that error and corrected the script. sounds like someone's head rolled...to save someone's reputation

  • RahRah

    like what whole has her head been buried, she admitted that her dad, her , bro and someone else were a Phi a but never heard of NAACP, like she don't know who Rosa Parks, Pleeeezzzzz, spare me the BS

  • RahRah

    integrity went with too..who is watching this, I had watch youtube for Roland Martin educational lesson--she knew she had stepped in it

  • RahRah

    co-sign

  • RahRah

    at the expense of her own race, like throwing the baby out the bath tub with water...there is no excuse for what she said, she just got called on her stupidity and it hurt her wallet, she said it to pander to her producers to fatten her wallet, like watch me turn on my own race...what else is she saying--don't throw rocks when you live in a glass house and you can barely keep your own skeletons in the closet, oh my.

  • RahRah

    all that Ford Motor Co does for HBCU grads, the fact the the Ford Taurus (correct) or Ford Focus is a top selling car designed a black american, it pissed me off. She ugly crab at the bottom trying to pull the other down...now some folks have lost their jobs over this?

  • RahRah

    and where did you go to college? however only you seem to recognized our rich history but you can't speak for your race, she acted like she never heard of George Wallace or where blacks went to college in the mid to late 1800s, No I mean she acted like she is not black. No intelligent black person would say that, she has a national platform but if you liked it what can I say.

  • RahRah

    she worked in black radio I guess the whitewash took effect.

  • RahRah

    please do not presume to know anything about black people, do you want to wake up black tomorrow morning? You must only be familiar with black crime stats believe many of us live middle and upper middle class lives and own homes...please try a site where your views are accepted I don't want to read ignorant stuff like your pie in the sky everything is beautiful in america and wendell is right when he stuck his foot in his mouth. believe wendell knows but panders to people like you. Rosa Parks was a member of the NAACP. I can't do ignorant. Better start dinner, bye Felisha.

  • eljjai

    I'd cry too. for the lost money not so much the bad comments. people say dumb things all the time.

  • Dee

    I stopped watching after her comments. I could barely stomach her Becky lovin azz anyway.

  • ArDnAhC45

    Okay...you lost me when you said "rightfully criticized..."

  • RespectSelf

    lol did you read what I said? Is it ignorant acknowledging that there are many blacks who are like Wendy and understanding that question makes sense for the many black people who want to separate themselves from their culture? Or is it ignorant to only see your own side/perspective on the matter?

    Just because I say something makes sense to me...doesn't mean that I agree. It just means it makes sense to me. But I understand most people are limited in their thinking. I'm not! So it makes sense she would ask that question just like it makes sense that this was your reply to me.

  • RespectSelf

    Again, saying something makes sense does not mean that you "liked it" or that you even agree. "You mad or naw" She said what she said. I never looked at Wendy being an "intelligent black person" so I guess I wasn't so up in arms that a person who has made a career of putting celebs on blast would say something like that.

  • Lj Jones

    Please you can't tell me that she had no idea of the comments before hand of the show hitting the air she's a tool

  • Lj Jones

    Becky

  • Luv Pitties

    Perfect name for her, Buffoon

  • shay

    I know right! She ain't got the power to do nothing but take that L

  • Rodmilla De Ghent

    What about the other day when you were talking about the Kanye/Taylor fiasco Wendell? What about likening it to blacks and the N word????

  • God is working on me!

    I saw one or two episodes and realize that show was not for me. I even refused to leave the channel of her show even if I'm not watching. I don't want to accidentally give her any ratings lmao. Her mouth had has always been ignorant.

  • Kim

    I see someone doesn't know what Kumbaya means because there was nothing Kumbaya about Jesse's speech.I didn't even read the rest of the post regarding WW.

  • Stan4NoOne

    She's dumb as hell.

  • MeLurkyLongTime!

    I saw this coming when it all, first went down. Interestingly so, I had my moment of being pissed off about what she said. Although, I watched occasionally, I haven't seen this particular episode or any since. I think I'll YouTube Mr. Martin getting her together.

  • MeLurkyLongTime!

    Trust and know, that while Wendy may be, "just a girl from Jersey," she's ALL about getting her money. Yes, she will dance her jig for these Zionists, but cry like an ugly arse man in drag, when called out.

  • gellie

    Anybody who watched that could clearly see that she went off script. The staff had nothing to do with that. But alas, somebody's head has got to roll.

  • sunni_daze

    So Wendy doesn't read the jokes before she goes on air? You mean to tell me that with her name on the show she doesn't double check what she will be saying? Yeah okay Wendell.

  • R in NYC

    Sandra do you hate light skinned, mixed race black people???? You throw a lot of shade their way. Jessie was on point and very inspirational.

  • GetIt2gether

    Wendy can read. She knew what she was saying before they recorded it because she proofreads what they give her. So to blame the writers when it went wrong is just a shame because these writers have written all this Ridiculousness for her all the time and it was okay. But now that she has the backlash she wants to blame them and not herself. Wendy Williams is a joke and like I said before they are going to let her know who she is and that is not a white woman. Now she want to run back to the black community backpedaling on what she thought was going to get her some point amongst the white folks. I hope they cancel her show soon that's all I'm saying.

  • Storm’s Rage!

    Gotta love how people like her always blame other people for the bs they causes.

  • brooklyn23

    Lmfao @ I don't want to accidentally give her any ratings

  • mzwhang90210

    Okay!!!!!??

  • Queen B

    Oh so u fire the white ppl to try to blame them for ur fvck up smh bih plz

  • Sunshine Sullivan

    No such thing as a mixed race black person. Black is just black. Mixed race is just that. Not black