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Adjusting To Quarantine

With everyone staying home to try and halt the rapid spread of coronavirus, talk shows have had to adapt to a new normal. We're taking a break from packed studio audiences and high production value, instead getting an inside look at hosts in their own homes, for better or worse.

It has been fascinating to see The Wendy Williams Show pull off this pivot, with Williams completely out of f*cks to give. She eats on camera, has an odd assortment of props onscreen, and is even more casual than she always has been. It's been wild.

John Oliver Is A Fan

Consider John Oliver a fan of Williams' new approach. Oliver has been adapting as well with Last Week Tonight, featuring a low tech, audience-less series on coronavirus instead of his traditional episodes.

In the fifth episode of the series, Oliver gave Williams a shout out, saying:

"She’s sharing a screen with a life-sized Betty Boop decked out in Supreme gear, Chanel accessories and a disco ball, and somehow, [Wendy is] still the most engrossing thing in that shot, eating a lamb chop in a weirdly dominant manner. Not many people can pull that off."

What Makes Her Show Fascinating

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Williams faced some push back for eating while recording, and she had the most matter of fact response after describing her meal of bleu cheese, bacon, hot sauce, and maple syrup.

"You don’t want to see me eat? Then, you might not want to be here. This is what people do."

Oliver was particularly struck by this response.

"Is that what people do? I get that people do eat. It’s not just usually at the same time they are hosting a talk show and telling anyone watching to f-ck off if they don’t like it. This isn’t what people do. This is what Wendy Williams does. Because Wendy has ascended to a level of ‘f-cks not given’ that no human has ever achieved before."

Wendy Appreciated The Shoutout

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Williams brought up the shout out on her Tuesday episode, claiming that Oliver even sent her a two-piece outfit as a gift.

"So, there’s this guy, his name is John Oliver and I don’t know whether you know who he is but he’s wildly popular. He knows who our show is, he gets our messiness and I love that.

Aw John, thank you for being so thoughtful… Thank you, John. I adore you dearly. I’m so simple, if you like me, I like you."

The "I don't know whether you know who he is" feels a little like shade, but that is the Wendy Williams way.

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