When Wendy Williams went to Chicago over the weekend to promote some new snack products at the annual Sweets & Snacks Expo, a reporter for the city's oldest LGBTQ publication used his interview opportunity to check in with her and see what she'd like to say to her gay fans.
"The usual — how you doin'?" she told the Windy City Times. "I love the Rainbow Coalition. I called them that long before Jesse Jackson. Now he has the Rainbow Coalition, which means something different. I am very into the LGBT community. I have never ridden a float in the parade and never been asked in any city anywhere. Can you believe that?"
The reporter, Jerry Nunn, suggested they need to get her into Chicago's Pride Parade and she replied, "Look, the thing is [to not] beg. I am just sitting here waiting. I'll wait... I have the love no matter what. Let me tell you something. I fantasize about what I would wear on top of a float during a Pride Parade."
Turns out Williams would love to be bedecked in sequins and sitting atop a Pride float in a replica of the purple chair from which she delivers her daily "hot topics" on The Wendy Williams Show.
"I would make sure they play club hits and would bring my own DJ," she added. "You don't want me at your parade? Fine. I will watch on TV like I usually do. The New York one comes on TV."
While Williams has always considered herself a champion of the gay community, she hasn't always been viewed as such by everyone in the community.
"She’s also made a number of homophobic, biphobic, and transphobic remarks over the years, some of which she has apologized for, others she has not," wrote Queerty in an April story describing the outpouring of social media schadenfreude when rumors emerged that Williams' husband, Kevin Hunter, who she's now divorcing after 21 years of marriage, had cheated on her with both women and men.
“Wendy’s show is so much different than mine, where she does a program that literally has for years now, honestly, belittled and put down people who are going through what she’s going through,” Montel Williams recently said in an interview with Us Weekly.
Williams took over the studio where Montel taped his talk show for 17 years and launched The Wendy Williams Show. Williams gloated about the takeover and even insinuated Montel Williams is gay on a recording of her old New York radio show on WBLS in 2009.
“Be careful who you point a finger at because you never know when one of them is pointing back," Montel said.
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