Wendy Williams Apologizes After Nasty Comments About Gay Men

Wendy Williams faced major backlash on social media after her mouth landed her in trouble. The talk show host drew the ire of the LGBTQ+ community when she made unfortunate remarks telling gay men to stop wearing women skirts and heels. It only took a day for Williams to get the message and issue an apology following the incident.

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What did Wendy Williams say?

During her “Hot Topics” segment, Williams touched on the topic of Galentine’s Day. The unofficial holiday is celebrated a day before Valentine’s Day and it’s for women celebrating other women in their lives. When Williams asked her co-hosts if anyone was celebrating, she noticed a couple of men clapping.

“If you’re a man and you’re clapping, you’re not even a part of this,” she said looking annoyed. “You don’t understand the rules of the day. It’s women going out and getting saucy and then going home. You’re not a part.”

When the camera caught the man she was directing her words to Williams added, “I don’t care if you’re gay. You don’t get a [menstruation] every 28 days. You can do a lot that we do but I get offended by the idea that we go through something you will never go through.”

The nasty comment came after when she said, “And stop wearing our skirts and our heels. Just saying girls, what do we have for ourselves? Looky here, gay men, you’ll never be the women that we are no matter how gay.”

You can watch the moment below at the 6:00 minute mark.


Wendy Williams tearful apology

Williams completely put her foot in her mouth as her audience has a big following from the LQBTQ+ community. The show’s host was insensitive to her own audience and later recognized the huge mistake she had committed.

“I’ll start by saying, I apologize,” Williams said in her video apology. “I did not mean to offend my LGBTQ+ community on yesterday’s show. I did not realize until I got home and I watched the second running of our show here in New York, and I always watch when I can to critique my delivery or the cameras, the lights, the audience, the camera.”

She added that her comments were not meant to offend anyone and didn’t come from a place of malice.

“I’m very persnickety about how I do my show and one thing that I can tell you right now is that I never do this show in a place of malice. I understand my platform with the community from first grade to intermediate school to high school to college to radio and now to TV. And I didn’t mean to hurt anybody’s feelings. I’m just having a conversation,” Williams continued.

Williams also acknowledged that what she said sounded like she was “out of touch” and promised to do better from now on.

“I’m 55 years old, and maybe I sounded like your auntie, your mother, your big sister or somebody out of touch. I’m not out of touch, except for perhaps yesterday by saying what I said. So I deeply apologize and I deeply appreciate the support that I get from the community,” she added. “I will do better. I appreciate you supporting me. Thank you.”

The Wendy Williams Show airs weekdays in syndication nationwide, check local listings for times.