It was inevitable that Wendy Williams would say something of questionable taste even after crying through an apology and vowing “I will do better,” but we didn’t expect it to happen so soon.
Last week, Williams attracted 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.”
The comments were interpreted as homophobic and transphobic.
When your LGBTQ base crumbles beneath your casual & cruel transphobia ???? gender identity isn’t sexuality @WendyWilliams & Cisgender women who don’t have periods are still women. Trans women are women. Non binary are non binary. pic.twitter.com/TJ3NdhhGEb
Then Williams posted a bizarre apology video, and holding back tears, vowed to “do better.”
Many viewers were left wondering what happened to the “do better” strategy after watching Williams’ Tuesday show, in which she discusses the death of celebrity therapist Dr. Amie Harwick, who was likely pushed off her balcony by an ex-boyfriend.
Harwick was once engaged to The Price is Right host Drew Carey, which inspired Williams to connect Harwick’s murder to the line “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
The moment quickly became a talking point on social media:
Grr c***** like this pisses me off.
I KNOW #WendyWilliams did NOT just make a ‘come down’ joke about Drew Carey’s ex-fiancée getting killed by being thrown off of a third floor balcony!!! Somebody tell me I heard that wrong, please… but the audience is stone-cold quiet,”
— james burris (@jamesb0813) February 18, 2020
I'm a fan of dark humor and lewd humor, but Wendy Williams makes me ashamed of both of those.
Truly a disgusting person on the inside.
— Teshno (@Teshnope) February 18, 2020
Someone please have @WendyWilliams resign or take a long term vacation! Her show is spiraling down hill with these gruesome comments.
— Martin (@Martin05901677) February 18, 2020
It's like @WendyWilliams hits a new low every week…
— Bitchelangelo (@bitchelangelo) February 18, 2020
— Erica D. (@ocmominthesouth) February 18, 2020
So far in 2020 and bearing in mind its only febuary. Wendy Williams has joked about Joaquin Pheonix' cleft lip, told gay men to stop wearing our dresses and now has joked about Drew Careys ex Amie Hardwick dying by falling off a balcony by saying "just get down". Disgraceful! pic.twitter.com/8B7BJZfWXa
— Everyday Drama (@everydaysdrama) February 18, 2020
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