Wendy Williams has apologized following comments she made concerning gay men wearing female clothes.
During her show, she warned gay men against wearing “skirts and heels” on “Galentine’s Day”, a day which sees women go out with other women on Valentine’s Day.
She said, “If you’re a man and you’re clapping, you’re not even a part of this. You don’t understand the rules of the day. It’s women going out and getting saucy and then going home. You’re not a part.
“I don’t care if you’re gay. 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. Just saying, girls, what do we have for ourselves?
“Looky here now, gay men, you’ll never be the women that we are no matter how gay, sir.”
The backlashes she received forced her to apologize on Instagram:
“I’ll start by saying I apologize. I did not mean to offend my LGBTQ+ community on yesterday’s show.
“I did not realize until I got home and I watched the second running of our show here in New York. And I always watch when I can to critique my delivery or the cameras, the lights, the audience.
“I’m very persnickety about how I do my show, and one thing that I can tell you right now is that I never do the show in a place of malice.
“I understand my platform with the community from first grade, to intermediate school, to high school, to college, to radio and now to TV. And I didn’t mean to hurt anybody’s feelings, I’m just having a conversation.”
She shared on Twitter as well:
“If you know me long enough, then you know, ‘Bon vivant [sic].’ I don’t even know what that means, but it sounds fabulous.
“In my mind it means ‘live and let live,’ ‘Bon vivant [sic].’ And I live and let live everyday. life is too short.
“I’m 55 years old, and maybe I sound like your auntie, your mother, your big sister or somebody out of touch. I’m not out of touch, except for perhaps yesterday, by saying what I said.
“So I deeply apologize , and I deeply appreciate the support that I get from the community. I will do better. I appreciate you supporting me. Thank you.”