Wendy Williams never got the respect she deserves / Netflix comments on The Chosen One actors' deaths / Vince McMahon appears on Monday Night Raw
PLUS: 1932 is now 1923, Did The Kardashians fake a scene? and James Corden's partner wants to oversee the new Late Late Show
Wendy Williams never got the respect she deserves
Williams' The Wendy Williams Show concluded last Friday after 13 seasons with a finale unfit for the Queen of All Media after the host was sidelined all season due to health problems. Despite the “unsettling” nature of her exit following personal battles, Williams never received the credit for the many ways she changed daytime TV, says Variety's Elizabeth Wagmeister, a frequent guest on Williams' show. "What Williams brought to the table could never be drafted in casting," says Wagmeister. "Her messy, burping, farting, teeth-picking, say-it-how-it-is, unfiltered delivery is what brought viewers in and made them unable to turn away. In TV, everyone wants to be liked. Networks want good ratings and to satisfy advertisers. Williams? She never even considered that. She was unapologetically herself: she said what everyone watching at home was thinking, but is too scared to say. That’s the reason why her viewers loved her. Her brand was harsh, brash and real. And sometimes, she absolutely crossed the line. But she had built such trust with her audience, they always forgave her, even when she offended them." Why wasn't Williams more highly regarded? "Maybe it’s because she has strong opinions and could be nasty to the people she spoke about," says Wagmeister. "Perhaps it’s because she’s a woman of color who was ahead of her time, not following the rules and sharing stories about her tough life on national television. But Williams is part of TV history, and deserves her place up with other daytime legends, even if she was never publicly in the same league as an Oprah or a Rosie O’Donnell. Most TV hosts want to keep their celebrity guests happy so they return to the show, but Williams was not in this business to make friends. In fact, one time, she told me that she doesn’t need any celebrity guests on her show — if they get pissed off, so what? She knows that her viewers like to watch her more than them, anyway." ALSO: Wendy Williams tells Billy Bush that she's all good with production company Debmar-Mercury and that she plans to launch a podcast.
Keep reading with a 7-day free trial
Subscribe to TV Tattle to keep reading this post and get 7 days of free access to the full post archives.