Wendy Williams is no stranger to controversy, and she has once again been found on the receiving end of criticism after making some off color jokes this past week involving the death of Hollywood sex therapist Amie Harwick.
Harwick, known best for her book The New Sex Bible and her appearance in the documentary Addicted to Sexting, died tragically, falling from the third story balcony of her Los Angeles apartment. Her death was recently ruled a murder, allegedly committed by an ex-boyfriend turned stalker.
As a talk show host who deals in celebrity gossip, it was unsurprising that Wendy Williams mentioned the tragic death of Amie Harwick on her show. What was surprising was the way she decided to handle the topic.
“She was killed,” the controversial host stated. “not by Drew.”
Drew here refers to Drew Carey, a comedian and current host of The Price is Right who was engaged to Harwick for a period in 2018. Carey has recently canceled all upcoming tapings of the popular game show in order to deal with the emotional fallout of his ex’s death.
Williams then took her commentary on the situation a little too far, invoking the famous “Come on down!” line from The Price is Right while looking up and down as if she was watching something – or someone – fall.
During the taping of her show, a gasp could be heard in the audience in response to her “not by Drew” line and it was evident viewers were made even more uncomfortable by her follow-up joke, as it was met only with groans and awkward silence.
This controversy comes only days after Williams came under fire for her comments about gay men.
“I don’t care if you’re gay. You don’t get a [menstruation] every 28 days,” Williams said after noticing men had clapped for her mention of ‘Galentine’s Day.’ “You can do a lot that we do, but I get offended by the idea that we go through something you will never go through.”
She didn’t stop there either, adding “And stop wearing our skirts and our heels. […] Looky here now, gay men, you’ll never be the women that we are, no matter how gay.”
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
Although Drew Carey has not commented on Williams’ bit about his ex-fiancee, he did say that “Amie and I had a love that people are lucky to have once in a lifetime. She was a positive force in the world, a tireless and unapologetic champion for women, and passionate about her work as a therapist.”
“I am overcome with grief,” he stated. ” I would like to thank you in advance for giving myself and everyone who loved Amie privacy while we try to work through this tragic situation.”