Embattled talk show host Wendy Williams may want to consider going on an extended vacation.
Last week, Williams drew criticism when she said gay men shouldn’t wear skirts and that anyone who doesn’t menstruate will “never be the women that we are.” After a backlash ensued, she issued an apology saying she would “do better.”
Her efforts were short-lived, however, because this week, she made a truly vile joke about the death of celebrity therapist Dr. Amie Harwick, who was likely pushed off her balcony by a stalker ex-boyfriend.
Harwick was once engaged to The Price is Right host Drew Carey, which inspired Williams to connect Harwick’s falling death/murder to the tagline, “Come on down!”
You could hear a pin drop in the studio after she makes the joke:
Amie Harwick, the ex fiancée of Price is Right host Drew Carey was tragically murdered last week, after an ex threw her off a 3rd floor balcony! ? Leave it to talk show host Wendy Williams to throw in a tasteless joke about this saying “Come on Down!” ? pic.twitter.com/XPKKgiF6Et
— Shawnasaurus Rex (@ShawnG927) February 18, 2020
People were understandably angry when Williams made the remark. And they’re still angry today. In fact, they seem to be growing angrier.
Now, the hashtags #CancelWendyWilliams and #FireWendyWilliams are trending on Twitter:
#CancelWendyWilliams Any person that makes a joke about a murder of a woman and domestic violence should not be getting paid money to do so.
— James Thompson (@jtmarsh40) February 18, 2020
— ??? ?????? (@ZaeMartin5) February 18, 2020
— Rob OS X (@KyloRob328) February 18, 2020
It’s time to cancel @WendyWilliams . Since January, she’s mocked people with cleft palates, ranted and raved about gay men wearing heels and skirts, and most recently, mocked a woman’s death resulting from domestic violence. #CancelWendyWilliams #EnoughIsEnough
— Annie_Oakley (@Annie_Oakley85) February 18, 2020
Something has to be done about Wendy Williams seriously get her ass of TV she's so freaking disrespectful #CancelWendyWilliams
— Jay Havoc (@jay_havoc37) February 18, 2020
People are also calling on Fox TV to fire the popular daytime talkshow host.
Hey @WendyWilliams– CLASSLESS MOVE making a joke about a domestic violence victim. Amie Harwick, an amazing woman and champion for mental health awareness was senselessly killed and you used it as an opportunity for a one liner. HOW FUCKING DARE YOU. @FOXTV
— Nita Strauss (@hurricanenita) February 18, 2020
— Wendy Renee (@SeamaidLife) February 19, 2020
— puthtshhdwn_grl (@ptsd_grl) February 19, 2020
@FOXTV When will enough be enough? How much bad press does @WendyWilliams have to bring before you cancel her show? Better people have been let go for less. It’s time to step up or just say it’s ok. “How you doin’?”
— Rod Bledsoe (@D3MONFIR3) February 19, 2020
@WendyWilliams is such trash. Makes fun of Joaquin Phoenix and gets a way with it. Makes jokes about the death of Amie Harwick? Is she going to get away with this? @FOXTV remove her immediately. #FireWendyWilliams
— Dutch10 (@Dutch1015) February 18, 2020
On top of that, an online petition calling for Williams to be fired has garnered almost 100,000 signatures.
The petition was originally started last month when Williams made fun on actor Juaquin Phoenix’s cleft lip but has since seen a resurgence of signatures after what happened this week.
Neither Williams nor Fox TV has issued any comment on this latest controversy.
As of now, The Wendy Williams Show, now in its 11th year, will remain on air through the 2019–20 television season.