Some people are paying for Wendy Williams’ racially charged comments.
In July, Williams received major backlash when she critiqued “Grey’s Anatomy” star Jesse Williams’ BET awards speech on racism.
“(His) speech was very poignant. On the other hand, I would be really offended if there was a school that was known as a historically white college. We have historically black colleges. What if there was the National Organization for White People, only? There’s the NAACP,” Wendy Williams said to her stunned audience.
After those remarks, Chevrolet pulled out of an exclusive deal they had with her show.
TV One journalist and activist Ronald Martin criticized Williams on his television program. He suggested she “shut the hell up . . . You do realize that the NAACP was founded by a mix of folks that were black and white. Do you realize that the first president of the NAACP . . . was white?”
Williams invited Martin on her show, where she apologized for the comments and admitted she was wrong.
Martin gave the host a little bit of a history lesson about race in America during his July appearance on her show.
“When it comes to our colleges, we couldn’t go to those schools. As a matter of fact, we couldn’t read during slavery. You could be killed if you were found to be reading. So, that’s why it is so critically important … Our institutions are allowing us to survive in America even though we built this country,” Martin said.
Now, Page Six reports that some crew members of “The Wendy Williams Show” have been fired from their jobs. At least two senior staffers and longtime producer Jason Gabel were axed.
“The crew had a big party celebrating what they considered a season well done,” a source revealed. “The next day (some of them) got calls saying they had been let go.”
According to reports, the executives are looking to rework parts of the show and add more current affairs coverage and pop culture.
Reps for the show have not commented on the firings.