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A Tasteless Joke

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Wendy Williams put her foot in her mouth when she made an insensitive remark and gesture while she was talking about Joaquin Phoenix's appearance. The actor has a cleft palate and Williams used her finger as a hook to mimic it while saying:

"When he shaves off his mustache he’s got a hairline fracture,” she said of the actor. “He’s got one of those — what do you call it? Cleft lip, cleft palate. He’s got this. He’s got this. I find it to be very attractive."

This remark did not go over well, and people were quick to point out the casual cruelty in the joke.

Williams Apologized

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Adam Bighill, a former NFL player whose son has a cleft palate, called out Williams' insensitivity regarding the issue, and Williams tweeted at Bighill apologizing for the incident and promising a donation to cleft palate charities.

". @Bighill44 We’re thinking about Beau today as he is in surgery. I want to apologize to the cleft community and in Beau’s honor, our show is donating to @operationsmile and @AmerCleftPalate and encourage our Wendy Watchers to learn more and help support the cleft community."

Cher Is Enraged

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Cher of all people tweeted her displeasure at Williams, citing her movie Mask as the inspiration for her anger.

"@WendyWilliams I Was Going To Try & Hold My Temper🤞🏻BUT IM SO F-NG ANGRY I CANT😤. In 1985 I Made a Film Called “MASK”‼️THROUGH THAT FILM I BECAME INVOLVED WITH CHILDREN,& ADULTS WHO HAD CRANIOFACIAL ANOMALIES. YOU HAVE NO IDEA WHAT THESE PPL GO THROUGH‼️20+ OPERATIONS

"BEFORE THEIR TEENS‼️MUCH OF THE TIME THEY ARE IN PAIN,AFRAID,BUT HAVE HOPE 🙏🏻THEY WILL LOOK NORMAL. THE💔& FEAR THEIR PARENTS GO THROUGH IS UNBEARABLE. IF YOUR MOM SAW WHAT YOU DID SHE’D BE ASHAMED. MY MOM TAUGHT ME TO LOVE & HELP PPL IN PAIN.WHO ARE U⁉️U SHOULD B FIRED"

She Doesn't Accept Her Apology

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When a fan pointed out that Williams had apologized and made a donation, Cher's frustration wasn't lessened in the least.

"APOLOGIZED🤬THERE IS NO APOLOGY FOR WHAT SHE DID…. & LAUGHED ABOUT ‼️I KNOW THESE CHILDREN,& ADULTS.THEY GO THROUGH HELL,THEIR PARENTS GO THROUGH HELL‼️Fk Her Apology. SHE WANTS TO KEEP HER JOB‼️I CANT CONTAIN MY ANGER‼️

I would not want to be on Cher's bad side, that's for sure. Something tells me she won't stop by Williams' show to discuss the issue either.

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