Welcome to the Wendy Williams experience. For the last couple years, as host of The Wendy Williams Show, she has stood out by going big. She’s made a transformation from a bad-girl radio shock jock to a morning television personality. And in the process, she’s created a new species of daytime talk. Beige? That’s for Oprah or Rachael Ray. Leave the sneakers and the blazers and finger-snapping dances to Ellen. This is a suede thigh-high boot show. This is a hot pink show. It’s loud. It’s filled with disco balls (six of them, to be exact). It’s got the signature catchphrase ("How you doin’?"). It’s a show heavy in gossip.
On Esperazna Balding:
"Like, I had no idea who Esperanza Spalding was" -- referring to the young jazz musician who beat out Justin Bieber for the Best New Artist Grammy -- "and I know some highbrow people who’d say ‘Oh, yes, I know exactly who that is.’ Well I don’t! So I asked my audience ‘Do you know who she is?’ Ninety percent of them were like ‘No.’ I said, ‘Well, let me put you onto the game, ’cause I did some research.’ "
On her gay fans:
"I think they recognize the differences in me," says Williams. When she was growing up in New Jersey, she says, she was the outcast. By the sixth grade, she was already 5-foot-11 and wore a size 11 shoe. "I was the weirdo. On The Cosby Show, I was Lisa Bonet," she says, referring to the actress who played the misfit of the ’80s comedy.
She’s always stood out, and now she’s transforming that into a daytime brand. "I embrace who I am, differences and all," she says. "In this world, where difference is not accepted, people like Madonna. People like Gaga, Nicki Minaj, Wendy. And I’m not saying you have to go to the extreme of arriving at places in eggs, because I don’t go out of my way to be who I am. I just am who I am. And it happens to be bigger and more noticeable than the girl to my left and the girl to my right."
On How You Doin?:
"It’s just a friendly expression," she says, explaining its meaning now. "It’s a twist on ‘How are you doing?’ Which is so beige!"
You can read the whole interview HERE