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Wendy Williams Slammed For Joke About Amie Harwick's Death

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By Michael Howard

TV host Wendy Williams is in hot water after making an ill-considered joke about the death of Hollywood sex therapist and author Amie Harwick, who was previously engaged to The Price Is Right host Drew Carey.

Police suspect that Harwick was thrown off a third-floor balcony by her ex-boyfriend, 41-year-old Gareth Pursehouse. When police arrived on the scene they found Harwick on the ground suffering from grave injuries. She was taken to a hospital where she later died.

As the news of Harwick’s tragic demise circulated on the internet and tributes poured in from social media, Williams addressed the story on her daily talk show.

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Insensitive joke

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“Drew Carey’s ex-fiancee was tragically murdered over the weekend,” Williams said to gasps from the audience. “She was killed, not by Drew [Carey], but by the ex—”

Then, mid-sentence, Williams quoted the famous line from The Price Is Right: “Come on down!” As she did this, she looked up to the ceiling and then down to the floor, as if following the descent of a falling body with her eyes.

Sensing her audience’s discomfort, Williams abruptly changed the subject and asked why people insisted on using the word “allegedly” when referring to the incident.

Social media backlash

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The backlash against Williams was swift, with many people slamming her on Twitter for appearing to make light of a violent murder.

“WOW @WENDYWILLIAMS DOING THAT “COME ON DOWN” WHILE TALKING ABOUT DREW CAREY’S EX GETTING THROWN OFF A BALCONY IS HORRIBLE!!” one user wrote. “VERY DISGRACEFUL SHE SHOULD BE THROWN OFF THE AIR. YOU’RE A HORRIBLE PERSON WENDY. VERY POOR TASTE.”

Another wrote:

“I KNOW #WendyWilliams did NOT just make a "come on down" joke about Drew Carey's ex-fiancee getting killed by being thrown off a third-floor balcony!!! Somebody tell me I heard that wrong, please. But the audience is stone-cold quiet.”

Williams has not addressed the backlash as of this writing.

Drew Carey responds to Harwick’s death

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Late Monday, Carey released a statement in which he honored his ex-fiancee and lamented her death. Carey and Harwick began dating in 2017 and announced their engagement in February 2018. The two split up later that year.

"Amie and I had a love that people are lucky to have once in a lifetime," Carey said. "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. 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."

No stranger to controversy

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Williams has been forced to apologize for offensive or controversial statements in the past. Last week she apologized to the LGBT community after telling gay men to stop wearing skirts and high heels.

“I don’t care if you’re gay,” Williams said on her show. “You don’t get a [menstruation] every 28 days. 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.”

“And stop wearing our skirts and our heels,” she added. “Just saying, girls, what do we have for ourselves?”

After a wave of criticism, Williams walked back her comments.

“I'll start by saying I apologize, I did not mean to offend my LGBT+ community,” she said, adding, “I understand my platform in the community.”

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