Wendy Williams is sorry for her antigay rant.
On the Thursday episode of The Wendy Williams Show, the host slammed gay men for “wearing our skirts and our heels.” She added, “You’ll never be the women that we are. No matter how gay.”
The tirade began in response to a segment discussing Galentine’s Day — a celebration inspired by the Amy Poehler starrer Parks and Recreation in which female friends celebrate one another on a day traditionally reserved for romantic love.
“You’re not even a part of this,” Williams upbraided the men who applauded the segment (see the below video at the 6:15 mark). “I don’t care if you’re gay. You don’t get a mense 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.
The remarks sparked a backlash on social media, with users calling them out as divisive, gender-policing, and promoting myths about gay men.
In response to the uproar, Williams posted a Friday video to social media offering her regrets. “I’ll start by saying, ‘I apologize,’” Williams said. “I did not mean to offend my LGBTQ+ community on yesterday’s show.
“One thing that I can tell you right now is that I never do the show in a place of malice,” she said, adding, “I didn’t mean to hurt anybody’s feelings. I’m just having a conversation.”
“I’m 55 years old, and maybe I sounded like your auntie, your mother, your big sister, or somebody out of touch,” Williams added. “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.”
This is not the first time Williams has caused controversy with remarks about the LGBTQ community. For better or worse, the talk show host has a reputation for speaking her mind in the moment, which has led to a disappointing history that includes asking a drag queen to leave her audience over a no-costume policy, misgendering Chaz Bono, criticizing a gay kiss on Gossip Girl, and attacking transgender athletes.
Watch the latest apology below.
A message from Wendy. pic.twitter.com/aEpMvubJVJ
— Wendy Williams (@WendyWilliams) February 14, 2020