Talk show host Wendy Williams is facing severe backlash after mocking the tragic death of Dr. Amie Harwick during her “hot topics” segment. Dr. Harwick, who was previously engaged to the “Price is Right” host Drew Carey, was found dead this past Saturday, after police received calls regarding a “woman screaming”. Evidence of forced entry alongside a violent struggle were discovered at Harwick’s residence. Her unresponsive body was found laying on the ground after what appeared to be a fall from a third-story balcony. It is believed that Dr. Harwick was pushed to her death by an abusive ex-boyfriend, who has since been arrested in connection to her murder. During her career, Dr. Harwick worked as a family therapist in the Los Angeles area. She was just 38 years old at the time of her passing.
While reporting on the tragic news, the controversial talk show host decided to make a joke regarding Harwick’s horrific passing. She began her commentary by stating: “She was killed, not by Drew, but by the ex“. Williams then went on to make light of the situation by attempting to use the “Price is Right” catchphrase, “come on down”, while mimicking the act of witnessing someone falling. The situation created an uncomfortable atmosphere on set as the audience sat in silence before Williams hurriedly moved on to the next topic.
Viewers may have remained silent during the taping, but massive backlash ensued via social media after the episode was aired. Many felt that Williams had trivialized a serious incident of domestic violence and femicide, and are now calling for her to be removed from her position. Unfortunately for Williams, this isn’t the first time she’s inspired outrage over her commentary. While reviewing the Golden Globes during a January 7th episode of her show, William’s poked fun at acclaimed actor Joaquin Phoenix for his cleft lip. To demonstrate a cleft palate to her viewers, the talk show host elected to lift her lip above her teeth, an act which viewed by many activists, celebs and audience members alike to be highly offensive. Most notably, singer Cher and Canadian football player Adam Bighill took to Twitter to slam Williams for her actions.
As if this wasn’t enough, William’s is also facing heavy backlash from the LGBTQ community after espousing her opinions about gay men wearing women’s clothing. The controversial host made a statement via her show telling gay men to “stop wearing our skirts and heels“. She continued on to say: “Looky here now, gay men, you’ll never be the woman that we are. No matter how gay“. These comments, among others, have sparked a massive outcry for the TV host to be “cancelled”. With so many controversies in such close succession to one another, the future of her career and show seem to be uncertain.
After the most recent outrage, concerning Drew Carey’s ex-fiancee Dr. Amie Harwick, it appears that things have reached a boiling point. Amidst all of the chaos, former partner Drew Carey provided a statement to People Magazine, saying the following: “Amie and I had a love that people are lucky to have once in a lifetime. She was 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. 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.” While Williams has yet to comment on the joke that many viewed as cruel and insensitive, it seems she will be forced, yet again, to make a public apology this month.