Wendy Williams Compares 1 of Her Experiences to Hilaria Baldwin’s Scandal

The major hallmark of The Wendy Williams Show is Wendy Williams reacting to celebrity scandals — and no celebrity scandal has been bigger in recent days than Hilaria Baldwin’s. Baldwin caught heat because people felt she has pretended to be Spanish when she is, in fact, American. Afterward, Williams actually revealed she is similar to Baldwin in a way.

Wendy Williams with a microphone
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How Wendy Williams reacted to Hilaria Baldwin’s controversies

Firstly, a little background. The New York Times reports Baldwin was born in Boston. However, her website claimed she was born in Spain. In addition, she slipped in and out of a Spanish accent from time to time.

Williams discussed the controversy on her show with entertainment journalist Devyn Simone. Williams noted how Baldwin had been a guest on her show and that she “did not detect” anything out of the ordinary about Baldwin. Simone compared Baldwin to noted fraudster Rachel Dolezal, Williams nodded along. The difference between Dolezal and Baldwin is that Baldwin pretended to be part of a different culture whereas Dolezal pretended to be part of a different race.

Williams attributed Baldwin’s controversy to the fact that people don’t have anything else to do during the coronavirus (COVID-19) pandemic. In addition, Williams laughed at Baldwin’s penchant for slipping in and out of a Spanish accent.

Wendy Williams discussing Hilaria Bladwin

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What made Williams especially upset was the fact Baldwin was featured in the Spanish-language magazine ¡Hola!. She shouted “Not ¡Hola!” Williams hypothesized Baldwin tried to come across as a Spanish person because “Spanish people are very beautiful.” In addition, Williams said Baldwin was able to pass as Spanish because Spanish people come in “many shades.”

How Wendy Williams related the scandal to her own life

Williams noted she spent some time in England. During that period, she said she developed a bit of a British accent. However, Williams noted she never told anyone she was English. In addition, Williams shared some of her fake British accent with her audience — an accent far thicker than what most British people have.

Hilaria Baldwin on The Wendy Williams Show

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Hilaria Baldwin defends herself

So how does Baldwin defend herself from these accusations? “The things I have shared about myself are very clear,” Baldwin told The New York Times. “I was born in Boston. I spent time in Boston and in Spain. My family now lives in Spain. I moved to New York when I was 19 years old and I have lived here ever since. For me, I feel like I have spent 10 years sharing that story over and over again. And now it seems like it’s not enough.”

Baldwin found a silver lining in the controversy. “There is a reason this conversation is happening right now,” she added. “These are important conversations to have. But as people are able to come out as different parts of themselves and how they identify and have people listen, I think that’s extremely important.” It’s up to individual fans to decide whether they believe Baldwin, however, Williams sees her as the next Dolezal.