Wendy Williams Just Shaded a ‘Washed Up Rapper’ and Fans Think It’s Either Nicki Minaj or 50 Cent

Wendy Williams isn’t one to mince words. The radio DJ-turned-talk show host always says exactly how she feels, regardless of potential backlash or other consequences. Over the years, she’s taken aim at everything from Ariana Grande’s body to Beyoncé’s communication skills.

Most recently, Williams threw shade at a “washed-up rapper” on her eponymous daytime talk show. Though she did not say names, fans believe it was either Nicki Minaj or 50 Cent.

Wendy Williams in an interview
Wendy Williams in an interview | Photo by Santiago Felipe/Getty Images

What exactly did Wendy Williams say on her show?

On the Oct. 11 episode of The Wendy Williams Show, the television host made a subliminal jab at an unknown person.

“There’s this soon-to-be washed-up rapper who can’t keep my name out of its mouth,” she said. “I love it. I sit here like, ‘OK, keep talking. Say some more.’” The comments drew loud cheers from the audience.

Why fans think Wendy Williams shaded Nicki Minaj

These two recently had a back-and-forth that got really nasty. It started in October when Williams addressed Nicki Minaj’s Oct. 21 marriage to her boyfriend, Kenneth Petty.

“I don’t know what he does for a living,” she said of Petty, before bringing up his criminal history. “I just know that he did time in jail. He’s a sex offender.”

“Well, she’s no stranger to that considering her brother’s in jail for sex offending,” Williams continued, referencing Minaj’s brother, Jelani Maraj, who was convicted in 2017 of sexually assaulting his then-11-year-old stepdaughter.

She then turned her attention back to Petty, bringing up the fact that he also served time for manslaughter. “He served seven years in prison, and he’s also a sex offender…so he’s a killer and a sex offender. Well, Nicki. Congratulations!”

In response, Minaj clapped back on her show, Queen Radio. The Pink Friday artist called Williams “demonic” and blasted Williams’ impending divorce from Kevin Hunter. The talk show host filed to divorce her longtime husband in April after he allegedly fathered a baby with his mistress. But she later implied that she had already known about Hunter’s infidelity.

“When a woman isn’t really being loved at home, the viciousness is a different type,” Minaj said in part. “So I really wanted to pray for you today, because look at where you are now in your life. Look at what age you are. You’re sat up there being vicious all this time, and paid for that man’s mistress for all these years. You paid for her shopping sprees, you paid for her hotels, you probably even paid for her GYN bills … you paid to have that baby delivered.”

Oof. That said, it’s not hard to see why fans believe Williams was alluding to Minaj. But on the other hand, there’s a reason to believe that she could have been talking about 50 Cent.

Why fans believe Wendy Williams shaded 50 Cent

Williams and 50 Cent have been feuding for years. Hot 97 reports that it started after Williams began to question the rapper’s sexual orientation. Williams also allowed his ex, Vivica A. Fox, to make negative comments about him on her show.

In the years that have followed, 50 Cent has repeatedly criticized and made fun of Williams. Despite this, Williams tried to make amends back in September when she said three nice things about him on What Happens Live with Andy Cohen. But he’s not going for it.

So, maybe she was addressing him?

For now, you’ll have to decide for yourself who Williams was talking about. With any luck, we’ll hear more about this soon.