Cher Blasts Wendy Williams Over Gross Joke and Calls for TV Host’s Firing

Wendy Williams has been known to get into controversial situations for what she says on her talk show. The television host is feeling the heat once again after she tried to compliment Joaquin Phoenix but people perceived she was mocking him. Williams angered Cher to the extent that she is calling for her to be fired.

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On The Wendy Williams Show episode that aired on January 7, the host explained what she found attractive about Phoenix.

“When he shaves off his mustache he’s got a hairline fracture,” she said about the Joker star. “He’s got one of those — what do you call it? Cleft lip, cleft palate.”

This is when Williams lifted her upper lip to seemingly mock Phoenix’s cleft lip scar.

“He’s got this. He’s got this. I find it to be very attractive,” Williams said as the audience cheered and laughed.

Wendy Williams apologizes

Williams caused an uproar in the “cleft community,” including football player Adam Bighill, who demanded an apology from the show’s star. After a week of campaigning for the former radio host to talk on the issue, Williams responded.

“We’re thinking about Beau [Bighill’s son] today as he is in surgery,” Williams tweeted. “I want to apologize to the cleft community and in Beau’s honor, our show is donating to Operation Smile and [American Cleft Palate-Craniofacial Association] and encourage our Wendy Watchers to learn more and help support the cleft community.”

Cher reacts angrily

This apology was not enough for Cher who said there was no apology for what she did.

“There is no apology for what she did and laughed about,” Cher wrote. “I know these children and adults. They go through hell, their parents go through hell. F***her apology. She wants to keep her job. Can’t contain anger.”

“I was trying to try and hold my temper but I’m so f**ing angry, I can’t,” Cher tweeted at Williams directly. “In 1985 I made a film called Mask, through that film I became involved with children and adults who had craniofacial anomalies. You have no idea what these people go through. Twenty-plus operations.”

In another tweet, Cher called for Williams to be fired.

“Much of the time they are in pain, afraid, but have hope they will look normal,” Cher said in another tweet. “The [heartbreak] and fear their parents go through is unbearable. If your mom saw what you did she’d be ashamed. My mom taught me to love and help [people] in pain. Who are you? You should be fired.”

Cher followed up with another tweet where she exposed Williams for mocking Phoenix. She shared a photo of the show’s host mocking the actor.

“There are the [people] Wendy Williams is making fun of,” Cher added. “Joaquin Phoenix was a child and we don’t know what he had to go through. He is one of the great actors of our time, magnetic and more than handsome. She will be judged for this forever.”

Cher blasted Williams because she doesn’t want the “manness” to be the new normal. The Wendy Williams Show is a syndicated talk show that airs in daytime across the U.S.