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Amie Harwick's Brother Calls Wendy Williams' Joke 'Extremely Distasteful', Asks For Apology

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By Michael Coe

Television personality Wendy Williams caused considerable controversy this week due to a joke she made about the murder of Amie Harwick. Harwick, a therapist who was at one time engaged to comedian Drew Carey, died this past weekend due to injuries sustained from being pushed off of the third-story balcony of her home in the Hollywood Hills. Harwick's death was declared to be a homicide and charges have been leveled at her ex-boyfriend Gareth Pursehouse, who is accused of killing Harwick.

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Addressing the story on her show, Wendy Williams told her audience that Harwick had been killed, but "not by Drew [Carey]". She then proceeded to imitate Carey's famous Price Is Right catchphrase "come on down!" in joking reference to Harwick's fatal fall. The joke was greeted with an uncomfortable silence from the audience, and was swiftly met with backlash online. Many people began tweeting in condemnation of the joke, with one user saying, "the #WendyWilliams Show needs to be canceled. So tasteless."

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Celebrity condemnation of Williams' joke followed shortly afterward. Jack Osbourne took to Twitter to criticize Williams for her joke, stating, "hey @WendyWilliams Amie was a friend. How dare you be so rude and shallow to make a “joke” out of something that is not funny in the slightest. She was tragically murdered, yet you somehow tried to make light of that. Shame on you. Smh." Osbourne's tweet helped to encourage further criticism, and calls for Williams to apologize began to spread.

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Today, Amie Harwick's brother Chris Harwick, issued a statement to Williams that echoed the sentiments many online commenters have already put forward. Harwick told FOX News, "domestic violence is something no one should be joking about…this is a difficult time for my family and for Wendy Williams to make light of this tragedy is very upsetting to us and extremely distasteful.”

Harwick also requested an apology from Williams, saying, “my sister worked tirelessly for domestic violence victims and women’s rights. Wendy Williams should apologize publicly to my family for her comment.”

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This is not the first controversy that Williams has found herself in recently. Earlier this month, Williams was heavily criticized for sentiments that some saw as homophobic and transphobic when she commented on men wearing women's clothing by saying, "I don’t care if you’re gay. You don’t get a menses every 28 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." Williams apologized for the comments in a video posted to Twitter.

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