By now, even if you've never watched a single episode of The Wendy Williams Show, you will know that the host of said show is alternately beloved and...not so beloved by millions for her unflinching honesty, especially when it comes to celebrity news and gossip. Williams has made news before, and even quite recently, for her filterless reviews of all things pop culture, but now an episode of her daytime talk show has been edited after she spoke out about Britney Spears conservatorship and wished "death" upon the singer's parents.
This week marked the first time that Britney Spears shared her honest thoughts about what it's been like living under the conservatorship, largely controlled by her father Jamie Spears, since 2008. The alleged abuses that Spears spoke about in open court have shocked many, even leading to her ex-boyfriend of almost two decades, Justin Timberlake, publicly standing up for her right to have the conservatorship ended. While talking about the news on her show Thursday, Wendy Williams clearly felt the same, but went too far in making her opinion heard, probably leading to the episode being edited.
After the correspondent who was speaking about Spears' case revealed that the pop star also noted she wants to sue her entire family for the treatment she's endured over the years, Williams cut in, and according to Fox News, eventually said:
How dare you, Mr. Spears. You had me fooled. And you too, Mrs. Spears. Death to all of them.
The instance was not taken lightly, as the audience audibly gasped in shock. To Wendy Williams' small credit, she quickly realized what she said, and was clearly surprised at herself for saying something so out of bounds on live television. Williams soon gasped herself, and can be seen putting her hand over her mouth as she looks into the camera with what seems like dismay.
If you watch the clip of the Inside Scoop segment on the official Wendy Williams YouTube, you can only see as far as, "And you too, Mrs. Spears," before it jumps suddenly to Williams with her mouth covered. And, the segment doesn't seem to be on the show's official website, at all.
As you might have guessed, fans were very quick to call Wendy Williams out for her words online. Even those who also stand by Britney Spears noted that what Williams said went too far, with many adding that she'd previously stood by Spears' parents in the conservatorship case, and saying that Williams should apologize to the singer for all of her past remarks about her and her mental health.
Right now, Wendy Williams doesn't appear to have addressed the situation by talking about what she said on her show, or apologizing to Britney Spears, so we'll just have to wait and see what happens. As someone with the spotlight firmly planted on her, though, here's hoping that Williams will take this as a teachable moment, and realize when she's about to go too far in the future and stop herself before it happens.
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