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(upbeat music) woo, woo, ♪ How you doing? ♪ Aye. (applause and cheering) Welcome, to my circus. (applause and cheering) Say hello to my co-hosts, my studio audience (applause and cheering) How you doing? How you doing? Feeling okay. Let’s get started. It’s time for Hot Topics. (applause and cheering)
(upbeat techno music) I mean, another day at the circus. Thank you. I was talking to my manager Bernie yesterday, and I told him what I want him to be for Halloween, and, look, Suzanne, it’s barely a costume. Uh-huh. You know who I want him to be? Uh-huh. And you’re gonna get in to this? Yes, I am. I want him to be Dennis, Drake’s father. Yes!
(clapping and cheering) Yes, yes!
Right? Perfect. Right?
Perfect, perfect. Now, you all don’t know what Bernie looks like, but I will just tell you, mustache is already there. Exactly. He’s either one of the Whispers, or Dennis. (audience laughing) He’s gonna be Dennis. I’m gonna get him the full pimp outfit and everything. Perfect. Yup. Yup.
Yup. (applause and cheering) (Wendy laughs) And then we’re gonna keep our outfits on all day. I’m still going back and forth with what I’m going to be. But, if you’re coming to the show, just make sure you dress up and show out. And then I’m gonna keep my costume on, even though I don’t like Halloween but because I’m gonna have Dennis with me, (laughter) And we’re gonna go out for lunch some place civilized. Mm-hmm. You know, with tablecloths, and fine dining. Looking crazy. I assume. (laughter)
Oh, yeah. (clapping) Yup. (clapping) So, yesterday was the release of my friend, Tiffany Haddish and her friend, Todrick Hall they have that video, that song called Dripeesha. Yeah. (clapping and cheering) Look, and I’ll tell you boy, Dripeesha came out a few weeks ago actually. The video was just released overnight. And, I happened to have a cameo in it. The setting is, let’s show the video. Wait, do that. (static) On Hollywood next week, they’re holding a huge twerk audition. You can star in Todrick Hall’s next video. You don’t wanna miss out. (screaming) (laughter) Oh.
(clapping) Oh, you caught me. Oh my God. Oh my gosh. My nose is running. I’m sorry, I’m sorry. My nose was running. It was a panic getting ready this morning for the show. Willie had this really fabulous bustier to wear and everything. And I put the bustier on and it didn’t fit. Well there is no stretch in it. And they zipped me up, but the bustier only boosted, it didn’t yay. (laughter) And I said, “But, I wanna wear it. “You went out of your way to get this.” The material was really beautiful, I was gonna wear it with these slacks. He said, “No, this is not going to work.” Then he asked Morelle to come in, and they were both hoisting me into it. (audience laughing) I’m sorry. I’m sweating, and I’m Dripeesha right now. Hold on. (audience laughing)
Hold on now. (clapping) Brendan’s at the door, talking about “10 minutes to air. “10 minutes.” I’m like, “Well, Willie, can I just keep the pants on “and just give me a top?” So, this is a last minute ensemble. But, look. So, Tiffany, I’m telling you, she can twerk. All right, the setting was, they’re at a diner. And the girls are looking. And they see the auditions going on. And Tiffany can rap, she can twerk. She not only raps, she’s a really good freak. She’s a really good, talented girl. And that’s Tiff by the way, dressed up as one of the Dripeesha’s, if you don’t recognize her. (audience laughter) And the song is popping. We just can’t play it ’cause whatever, something with the music rights, or something like that, I don’t know. But, congratulations to Tiffany and Todrick. (cheering and applause) I can’t wait until Jeffrey comes out. Here he is. Ja Rule. (cheering and applause) So now look, Rihanna is slamming the Super Bowl Halftime show. Whoa. I don’t believe she’s digging directly at Jennifer or Shakira, or Jay-Z, ’cause he’s involved now with the NFL. But, she was on the cover of Vogue, looking beautiful, and she confirmed that she turned down the Super Bowl last year at the Halftime show. They asked her, but she’s supporting Colin Kaepernick. And, we haven’t forgotten about Colin. (cheering and applause) You know. She said, “I couldn’t dare do that. “For what? “Who gains from that?” Well, you know, here’s the thing. If you do the Super Bowl Halftime, does that mean that you’re selling out? I don’t think so. I think that she has the right to feel the way she does, plus, she’s got enough money to feel the way she does. I mean, I don’t know about you. I have some Fenty lip gloss. (audience laughing) I got some Fenty Puma’s. Like I have Fenty. She makes good stuff outside of making great music. So, she really doesn’t need to work another day in her life, I mean, she’s worth millions. But, I don’t think that this is a sell-out for the people who perform at Halftime. As a matter of fact, the people who do perform at Halftime, after your performance, when they send up the confetti cannons, then take a knee. How about that? Ooh.
I don’t know. I just don’t.
(clapping) I understand what she was saying, but clap if you agree with her. That if you perform at a Super Bowl Halftime, you’re a sellout. Clap if you agree. (yelling and applause) Okay. (clapping) Okay. Well then, what do we do a Halftime? Nothing? (audience murmurs) Or how about, no halftime? How about keep playing? (audience murmurs). Keep playing. Get this over with now. (audience laughing) I don’t know. I don’t know. (audience murmurs) But, she did confirm also in that article that she is dating that Saudi billionaire. Ooh. (clapping and cheering) She’s secretly growing up right before our eyes. And I like that she’s keeping everything on the low-low. You know, hey Rihanna. How you doing? How you doing? (clapping)
(Wendy laughs) Okay. So, Felicity Huffman is being taken to the mat by one of her “Desperate Housewives” co-star. Friend to the show, Ricardo Chavira. Ooh. Now Ricardo, remember, that’s Carlos Solis. Yep. Yup, Eva Longoria’s husband on the show. No. Okay, I know right. (audience murmurs) (audience laughing) Yes, Yes.
(clapping) Just saying. Anyway, he’s saying that “Felicity got that light sentence, is a perfect example of white privilege. (clapping) I mean, I know. I mean, we know. But, to hear him say it, like Carlos. Okay, so he said, (audience laughing) He said, “White privilege, I saw eight years worth of it “working on “‘Desperate Housewives,’ “so I know what I’m talking about. “Accountability and responsibility “doesn’t mean to these people. “Whatever, slap on the wrist.” Wow. Wow. I mean, we know Carlos, but, wow. Wow. I mean, it was a slap on wrist, two weeks. But, did she do something really, really wrong? I mean, the core of her is probably a nice woman, and she was just doing for her kid what a lot of people might do themselves even though it was wrong and nobody wants to go to jail, not for 14 minutes, 14 days, or 14 years. But, I understand what he’s saying. I wish that I knew about the white privilege while the show was going on, though. Yes.
Yes. ‘Cause that, like honestly, that’s one of my top 10 favorite shows of all time. Yes. As a matter of fact, I wish they’d do a reunion. Oh, yes. (clapping)
Yup. (clapping) And I want them all to be there. If they did one, I would want Felicity to be back. She was an integral part, and I would want Carlos to be there. But, I want to know more about this white privilege. Because, Eva Longoria said, “Felicity is a really nice woman, and she would stick up “for the other actors and actresses on the show.” Okay, Ricardo, Carlos, here’s what I really think. I can’t even look at the t.v. while I say it, ’cause when you came here, you was so nice. But, are you just mad ’cause you haven’t worked in a long time? Ooh. (laughter and clapping) Right? Yes. I mean, you guest starred on season one of “Scandal,” but, you were a guest-star, you haven’t worked. So, you’re seeing Felicity go on and do other things, and now, she’s in jail, or out of jail. Whatever she’s doing. But you know what, this is not gonna help your career when you talk about the white privilege, I mean, we all know, but sometimes that’s kitchen table talk. You know what I mean, you know. Shout-out to all the white people. (audience laughing) You all are privileged. (clapping) Just saying. (audience laughing) Sorry. Oh gosh, so awkward. (audience laughing) So look… You know that actress, Jaime Pressly? Yes. Well, if you see her, then you might know her better. There she is. Okay. Well, she’s catching heat for admitting that she has a favorite child. Whoa, ooh. Now, this is kitchen table talk. Uh-huh. In your mind. (audience laughter) You don’t say this. Jaime, okay, so she’s got three kids. Her 12-year-old son is by another man. The twin boys are by the man she’s with right now. Now, 12 is a really awkward age, and she posted a picture with her 12-year-old and wrote, “Best time ever hanging with my favorite son, Dezi. Oh. “That’s right I said it.” Well, a lot of people have favorite kids. I know my parents do. You’re looking at her right now. Yes.
(cheering and applause) Woo. Woo. (clapping) Now, when I was growing up. (laughter and clapping) Hold on, hold on. Hold on. Now look. Let me break this down ’cause everybody’s at work, so they’re not watching. Mommy and daddy, I know you’re retired, you’re watching and you know what I’m saying is fact. But, you don’t have to tell Wanda and Tommy, okay? (audience laughing) This is an imaginary kitchen table, and we’re talking. (laughter) Now, look here, Wanda’s seven years older than me, and she’s the first, very, very smart, did everything properly, the cotillion girl and all that. Tommy’s the only boy, so he comes in second. Me, tall, fat, awkward with a big giant mouth and no real direction for caring about what the rest of these people were doing. All I ever wanted to do, was graduate from high school, escape to college, and make my mark on the world. (cheering and applause) My parents are very, very late to my party, they didn’t really start favoring me until maybe season three of this circus right here. (laughter) You know what I’m saying? When we’re really taking off and you all clap, so that makes them say, “Wait, they’re clapping at our daughter? “Tom, maybe we should take a second look at this.” (audience laughing) “She really has something going on.” (clapping) So, I am their favorite, and sometimes I have to pull back from their attention, so that the other two don’t get their feelings hurt. (laughter) You’re not supposed to say stuff like that. You’re not supposed to. I wouldn’t even want my parents to tell me that. But, you know how actions speak louder than words? Yes. Look, if you’re a parent in this audience, clap if you have a favorite. Yeah. (clapping) Alright. Alright. Lady sitting in my mom’s chair, how many children do you have? You, with the pink, and the big hair, and the leather jacket. Me?
Yes. I have one daughter, and three grandchildren. No, that’s not what I’m talking about madam. (audience laughing) Okay, in the gold. You clapped. You have a favorite? [Lady In Gold Shirt] Yes. Okay, next to Norman. Swing it over there. How many children do you have? I have one child. (audience laughing) Okay. Who has more than one child, who has a favorite? Okay. Swing it over there to the middle right in front of Suzanne. The white lady in the beautiful white dress. You just said you have five children? Five. Do you have a favorite? Today, it’s my daughter. Awl. (clapping) That’s not exactly what I was talking about, Suzanne. I was trying to find someone that kicked their kids back in. Uh-huh. Alright, the lady over there in the D.J. booth area, with the beautiful glasses. No, you woman. Yes. Swing it to her. How many children do you have? Four? I have four, yes. Do you have an actual favorite child? I absolutely do. Okay. Okay. And why is that one your favorite? Because she’s caring. I don’t have to ask for things. She just knows. She just does. See? Now, do you feel bad about that when they watch the show back? Absolutely not. They know their mother. (clapping and laughing) Thank you. Thank you. (clapping) That’s why it’s best just to have one, ’cause they’re always your favorite. Anyway. But, all right. Oh gosh. So, Matt Lauer is back in the headlines. (gasps) He’s on the front of all the New York newspapers. He’s being accused of raping a woman colleague back in 2014. He’s actually been accused of a whole lot. But, this particular story we’re talking about, Matt is saying the allegations are false, and here to break down all of it with us, is, actually, you’re then one who discovered this story. I did break the original story, Wendy. Elizabeth Wagmeister, she’s the senior correspondent from Variety Magazine. (cheering and clapping) First of all, Happy New Year. Happy New Year (foreign language), Wendy. Thank you, and you too. Look, I would need at least a week to atone. Now look, you were in there all day yesterday right? Just atoning? I was atoning but not like Matt Lauer might be atoning. Go ahead, girl. Now, he denies all this by the way. And I wanna tell you, I did break the original story with accusations against Matt Lauer, along with my colleague Ramin Setoodah at Variety, back in 2017. Well now Ronan Farrow, you all know who he is. He’s the Pulitzer Prize winning journalist, who broke the story about Harvey Weinstein. He along with the New York Times. He really helped open the flood gates with the Me Too movement.
Okay. Well, now he has a book coming out that’s called “Catch and Kill”. It comes out next week. Catch and Kill.
Catch and Kill. He has landed the first on-the-record interview with the original Matt Lauer victim who, as you recall, Wendy, there was an employee at NBC News who went to HR, filed a complaint, within 24 hours overnight, Matt Lauer was fired. We never knew her name, until now. So, this is the first time she’s spoken up. She is accusing Matt Lauer of rape. She says, back in 2014, she was at the Sochi Olympics, because NBC News was there of course. She was there working with Meredith Vieira, who was her boss. One night, she alleges, they were at the hotel bar, her and Meredith having a drink this is were all the NBC News employees were staying at this hotel. They ran into Matt Lauer. She did have six shots of vodka, which she admits to. Okay. And then she went to Matt Lauer’s room because, he as a joke, she claims, had taken her press pass, so she went there. Then she went back a second time, and she said she would have no reason to believe that he was anything but friendly. Same night? Which is what he was before. Same night. Okay.
Same night. She goes there, and she claims, he’s in a t-shirt and boxers, and he pushes her up against the door. He kisses her. Then he pushes her up against the bed, flips her over, and that’s when he rapes her. (audience gasps) This is what she alleges. Now, she says that she declined and she said she silently wept into a pillow. She said she was too drunk to consent, but also, she tells Ronan Farrow in his book that this was non-consensual in the sense that she declined multiple times. Now she does admit, when she got back to New York City, of course they all worked at 30 Rock that they did have numerous sexual encounters after. She says, this is what she blames herself for most. And that she was scared about her career. Okay. Because he had power over her. So, has Matt spoken out? Matt has spoken out, Wendy.
This is terrible. So he is denying all wrong doing. He released a scathing open letter. Denying. Three pages right?
All of this. Three pages. I’m gonna actually read you some of what he wrote. And he does admit to the affair. But he denies rape. This is what he wrote. “In a new book, it is alleged that an extramarital, “but consensual, sexual encounter I have previously admitted “to having, was in fact, an assault. “It is categorically false, ignores the facts, “and defies common sense. “There was absolutely nothing aggressive “about that encounter. “She was a fully enthusiastic and willing partner. “She seemed to know exactly what she wanted to do. “The only concern she expressed “was that someone might see her leaving my room.” He also says, “She embraced him at the door as she left.” Now, Matt Lauer, he of course, through this letter, is aiming to discredit her claim of rape. So he, kind of goes through a list of reasons why, to him, this doesn’t make sense. Go ahead. He says that she was allegedly shopping book. He says that this was the first of many sexual encounters which she also admitted to. And he says the only reason that she’s now saying that he raped her is because she’s upset at the way it ended. Now, Matt Lauer does admit. He says he basically ghosted her. And he says, “I understand “that could have made her feel poorly,” but he still says it was consensual. Now, he also says there’s no way that she would’ve been scared about her career because she did not work for him, she worked for Meredith Vieira. Now, in my opinion–
This is filthy. That doesn’t quite add up because Matt Lauer is the King. This whole story. I wanna go atone.
And she’s a lower staffer. Right after the show. I’m going back and atoning. Well, can I tell you what Brooke said? Yes. Okay, so Brooke Nevils, the victim. She actually responded to the letter. She says it’s victim blaming. She says she’s no longer afraid of him. And she also thanked other survivors for sharing their stories with her yesterday. Now, here we actually see her. This is last night. So of course, now that her name is public. Oh my gosh. Brooke Nevils, she is being followed by the paparazzi. Here she is in New York last night getting dinner. Now, NBC News, they did release a statement. They reminded everybody that he was fired within 24 hours of hearing this. They said that their heart goes out to their former colleague, Brooke. And yesterday, on the Today show, they actually covered it, Hoda and Savannah, they spoke about this. And I think we have a clip, so– I hear they were liking crying or something? Let’s take a look. All right. I know it wasn’t easy for our colleague, Brooke to come forward then. It’s not easy now. And, we support her and any women who have come forward with claims. And it’s just very painful for all of us at NBC, and who are at the Today Show. And, we don’t know all the facts, and all of this, but, they are not allegations of an affair, they’re allegations of a crime. And I think that’s shocking to all of us here who’ve sat with Matt for many, many years. I was distracted by the beauty of Hoda’s hair. (laughter) That blowout is everything. Look Wagmeister, thank you so much. Thank you. For being here.
Thank you, Wendy. (clapping) And we’ve got more great show for everybody. Up next, Ja Rule is here! So grab a snack and come on back! (cheering and applause) (upbeat pop music) ♪ Feel, feel, feel it, feel, feel it, it, feel it ♪