How you Doin
The wild daytime diva, celebrating her 500th episode, is increasing right into a full-blown leisure brand — however would not want to be like Oprah.
Final fall, the Debmar-Mercury daytime talk show The Wendy Williams Present — No. 1 among girls 25-to-54 in key markets together with Chicago, Philadelphia and New York (the place it is filmed) — was renewed for 2 extra seasons by way of 2014. Now host Wendy Williams, 47, who parlayed an incredibly profitable 20-12 months-plus profession in radio into a Television show, faces her 500th episode because the July 2008 premiere (she gave up her radio present a 12 months later). It is only her latest milestone: She’s a brand new York Occasions greatest-selling creator and designer of a QVC fashion jewellery line, Adorn, that this fall will include footwear. “I’m going to have every little thing from bitchy, stylish, five-inch heels to very snug flats with a pointy toe,” she says, adding that her footwear will be obtainable up to a size 12. She’s competed on Dancing With the Stars and has a cameo in the Steve Harvey hit movie Assume Like a Man. Williams, a married mother of an 11-yr-previous son, is finalizing a wide-ranging manufacturing deal that will have her producing reality and scripted fare. She additionally desires to turn her two memoirs (The Wendy Williams Expertise and Wendy’s Acquired the Heat) right into a biopic. Asked who would play her, the new Jersey native replies: “I am ready to play myself.”
THE HOLLYWOOD REPORTER: You will mark your 500th present on May 23. What have been your greatest present moments
Wendy Williams: Effectively, gee, I actually have enjoyed the occasions my dad and mom have come on the show. Now we have Paula Abdul coming on the day of the 500th present. And Paula Abdul is our type of people.She’s slightly tilted. Just like the present, like me, just like the individuals who watch the present. I mean, we’re all flawed, no one’s perfect.
THR: How are you an excellent interviewer
Williams: I’m a curious particular person. My mother and dad are very, very smart. Writing and dialog had been musts when I used to be rising up. There was no Tv in the kitchen; you needed to come with intelligent discuss something. They didn’t need to listen to any silly foolishness.
THR: When your show pans to the audience, I see numerous hair.
Williams: Thanks for observing that! (Laughter.) Those are my people. See, that’s the part that makes our present so special. It starts with me, but it features a fabulous co-host — my studio viewers. We do remind them that this isn’t just any discuss show, so when you come, we want you to be lively, use the additional hairspray. You understand how they say that while you assume you are overaccessorized, take one thing off Not us! Put one thing else on and come to Wendy!
THR: Who do you think your daytime rivals are
Williams: All people from Decide Judy, Rachael Ray, Dr. Drew. Judge Judy isn’t even a speak show. I am a Choose Judy junkie.
THR: Do you think you’re filling a void for African-American audiences
Williams: Yes. I’m the only black person at this level on daytime with my own show. Sherri [Shepherd] and Whoopi Goldberg are there with Barbara Walters [on The View]. When i first bought started, lots of people were like, “So now that Oprah’s gone, do you feel it will be simpler for you ” And my answer was always, “While I like and respect Oprah, that is not the sort of discuss show I plan on doing.” And people couldn’t see past that as a result of all they noticed was my blackness. Now I feel folks get it.
THR: You’ve gotten a fashion line on QVC, you’ve written books. Would you want to have your individual network like Oprah
Williams: No. I’ve realized that’s method a lot work. I’d love to be able to do a few more years of the discuss present, to send my son to college off the Wendy Present ombre human hair weave cash and for him to grow as much as be a good human being, unaffected by his mother’s craziness.
THR: Have you ever ever thought of political workplace
Williams: No! I’m not scared to be investigated as a result of I’ve outed myself concerning every thing. I just do not have time for the waffling.
THR: Do you assume you’re nicer now than you have been while you were on the radio
Williams: Being on Television in entrance of people is rather a lot different than sitting in a darkish room with a microphone. When i had my radio show, I was on 4 hours a day for 20-something years. If you set a live microphone in front of Mom Teresa for that amount of time, she’d piss anyone off.
THR: Tupac, Jay-Z, Will Smith and Mariah Carey have all insulted you in songs. How do you feel about that
Williams: With out those music mentions, I might not be on Television proper now. There is a big section who could have by no means heard about me on the radio, however they heard Tupac tell me I wanted to go to Jenny Craig. Or Mariah Carey inform me that I am all up in her enterprise. So I like them for that.
THR: Who will your subsequent feud be with
Williams: I do not pick them, I never have. Issues simply happen. (Laughter.) Persons are so delicate.
Phrases FROM WENDY: ThHR asked Williams for the primary phrase that got here to mind for:
– Mitt Romney: Oh no. Oh no. That is it.
– Michelle Obama: Push-ups. I noticed her do push-ups on Ellen DeGeneres’ present, and that picture will endlessly be in my thoughts.
– Barack Obama: Another time period. He needs one other term.