Live from New York City, it’s the Wendy Williams Show. ♪ Oh yeah ♪ ♪ Feel, feel, feel it ♪ ♪ Feel, feel it-it, feel it ♪ ♪ Feel it, feel it, feel it ♪ ♪ Let’s go, come on, you need it ♪ ♪ How you doin’ ♪ ♪ How-How-How-How you doin’ ♪ Now, here’s Wendy. (audience cheers)
(audience applauds) (audience whoops) ♪ How you doin’ ♪ Hi. (audience cheers)
(audience applauds) Thanks for watching. Say hello to my co-host, my studio audience. (audience cheers)
(audience applauds) How you doin’? How you doin’? Let’s get started. It’s time for… Hot Topics. Come on. (audience cheers)
(audience applauds) (deep bass music) (audience cheers) Thank you, co-host. To do a show like this, it’s very, very hard on days like this. Kobe and his 13-year-old daughter and the helicopter crash and I don’t know where you were when you found out but just, dammit man. And they were on their way, as you know, to one of her games. And he retired a few years ago but he was doin’ so much behind, like what I really dug about Kobe ’cause you know I don’t really follow sports like that. I don’t know that I’ve ever seen him play a game but I just knew 20 years in the game, he’s like the living legend that a whole generation, like our kid is only 19. That’s Kobe. And we do have a picture of him, by the way, in the apartment. We always had a picture in my son’s room. He really stood for putting his money into homelessness. I’ve been hearing that over and over again. And also, girls and women playing basketball, which is a big deal ’cause a lotta times, there are a lotta fathers, they’re waiting for that son to play the game. And he’s left behind his wife, Vanessa, of 18 years. They went through their hiccup like a lotta marriages do, but you know what, she was there for him and he rose to the occasion of bein’ a good, seems like a good husband, a good father. He leaves behind three daughters and I just, so I’m like okay, I wanna take off tomorrow. I can’t even deal with this. I had been on the phone with my parents for like an hour and a half. We were planning our family trip to Martha’s Vineyard this summer and my mom and my dad and we were all talkin’ and sayin’ how it’s gonna be so great, the whole family getting together, regardless of what we go through. And I think that’s the teachable moment. Live each day like it’s your last, not in a bad way. Hug the people you know. Sometimes you gotta let bygones be bygones. I’m talkin’ on the phone with my parents for like an hour and a half. We’re so looking forward to this vacation this summer. And then I see a text on my phone from Norman and I thought you were lying. I was like this is not the time to joke. ‘Cause after I got off the phone with my parents, I planned on going downtown to Avenue A. There are a lot of animals from Puerto Rico who are in shelters down there, and all they want people to do is go down and pet them, or if you wanna adopt. So I was just gonna go down and pet. I don’t want anymore animals. But I was gonna go down there. And it was a beautiful day and I’m just like, you had me stuck on stupid. I was so mad at you. (laughs) I mean, yeah. None of us could process it. It just seemed like a joke. It seemed like a really cruel, like it couldn’t– Yeah. Right. So thousands of people showed up at the Staples Center last night for the Grammys. And I did get a call from DJ Boof who’s now out in LA and he was like, and he was bawling, by the way, bawling on the phone. And he said, “I just wanna come home. “I just wanna come home.” And he said, “It’s totally off here. “I just wanna come home.” That Mamba mentality and the go-go-go and the driving force and consistently trying to be the best version of yourself. That’s what he represented, from what I could gather. (audience applauds) So immediately, I go into show mode, like I don’t wanna do the show but I have to do the show ’cause somehow, this stupid show does make people come outta their own sadness, at least for an hour. So I feel like I’m like the Pied Piper of happiness? Yeah.
Yeah. (audience cheers)
(audience applauds) But I said we gotta reconfigure the show. We were supposed to do Style Squad, breakin’ down the best fashions and the worst fashions of the Grammys. Forget best and worst. You’re alive, we all look great, you know what I mean? (audience cheers)
(audience applauds) I canceled Style Squad today and then my friend DJ Suss One, he’s a New York DJ but you know him, he was supposed to be here today over in the DJ booth. Yeah, what’s up, Suss. But he’ll be here tomorrow ’cause I’m just like I don’t wanna throw to Suss One to ask him the usual stuff. It doesn’t feel right. Norman, you follow Suss on the Gram, which I had no idea. First of all, I’m not a stalker (laughs) but I do follow DJ Suss One because he is the official DJ of Mariah Carey’s tours. Okay, okay. (laughs) (audience applauds) So when I found out he was coming, I fanned out a little bit. Yeah, you did fan out.
I’m excited, I’m excited. But we gotta bring him here. He’s gonna be here tomorrow. Okay, great. And then the Style Squad, (audience applauds) I told Bevy and Lloyd and Robert I’ll see them after the Oscars. I just can’t deal with who’s wearing what. We’re alive, we’re breathing. And just live every day like it’s your best. This is what I thought was a joke, okay? That MSNBC reporter, Alison Morris. (audience murmurs) Honey, I stopped, started, rewound. Suzanne, did you see that? Yep, I sure did. I listened to it many times. That was a hard N. She hit that R like a pro and she brought it all the way down to the S. (audience murmurs) Okay? Uh-huh, I heard it. Okay, there were some people, they were all white though. It’s nice when, ’cause everybody is not a bad person, but only the white people, Norman, said that no, she said– It didn’t happen, right. What they say she said? They said that she conflated Nicks and Lakers. Let me tell you somethin’, honey child. To make Nakers. And then she released a statement talkin’ about she stutters. Look, I know people who stutter. She said that word like a pro. (audience murmurs) Okay? Take a look. Yeah, it seems like he was just the kind of athlete, the kind of star that was perfectly cast on the Los Angeles Nakers, Los Angeles Lakers. Kavina, if I could ask you to stay with us, we’re gonna go– And she paused before she said it. And I’m not saying she’s a racist or anything like that. I’m just saying she needs to have a meeting with HR today, immediately. (audience applauds) (Wendy exclaims)
(Wendy makes crying noises) It’s okay, it’s okay, it’s okay. There could be worse things. Yeah, exactly. I’m alive. Right. (audience cheers)
(audience applauds) Thank you, thank you, okay. I wet up my DVF ensemble. (laughs) There are more problems in the world. Anyway, so Kobe was honored throughout the Grammys. And you know I’m not a big awards show person but Lizzo tore it all the way down. (audience cheers)
(audience applauds) Yeah, uh-huh. I thought her outfit, her makeup, her voice, she honored Kobe. She sang “I Cry Because I Love You”, which I don’t even care for slow, sappy music like that. I was there the whole time. She really did a great job. And this is a beautiful ensemble that she has on. Then, hold on now, and then, I don’t know about you, but I love ballerinas. I love how delicate they dance and those tutus and stuff. And she bought out the ballerinas and then she took off this and had on a bustier type thing. And was dancin’ hard, while playing the flute. I was out of breath just watching. (audience laughs) Okay? Lizzo was amazing last night. I thought Alicia Keyes and her baby hair, (audience laughs) I thought they did an excellent job. But I gotta tell you something, when Alicia bought out Boyz II Men, I had to change the channel. I didn’t wanna cry anymore. No, I was tired of crying. And I love Boyz II Men, I love Alicia Keys, but that was just too sad for this. By that point, it was like nine o’clock at night or somethin’. I’m tryin’ to get ready to do a cheerful show but I can’t, like my mind is everywhere. I had to change the channel. But I did go back and squint and I was like mm-mm, I’m changin’ it, mm-mm. I think I watched “Gunsmoke” or somethin’. I couldn’t be bothered. And then I turned back in time for, okay, the stage was on fire and there was a man with a straight, blond wig. (audience laughs) And a multicolor suit. And I couldn’t even text Norman fast enough. I called Norman. Yep. (laughs) He picked up the phone. I’m like “What the hell is going on?” (audience laughs) So he says, “That’s Tyler, The Creator.” Well, you see, Tyler put this wig on ’cause he didn’t walk the red carpet like this. Number one. Number two, I prefer his music over his performance. Yeah, the music’s great. ‘Cause this right here, and then he fell into the fire pit and that was an exit. Like really? (Norman laughs) To me, that was too ridiculous so I switched the channel again. I’m back watchin’ other stuff. And then I switched back in between and I see Ariana Grande performing, and she always does a great job, but let me tell you something, this bedroom scene right here, my favorite part was when they lifted the bed skirt and her girls were underneath the bed. Look. Look, oh-oh, oh-oh. I mean she was just hella entertaining. And the girl Billie Eilish said Ariana shoulda gotten the award and then Ariana’s wavin’ at Billie from the, there was just a whole lotta love going on. But the overwhelming sadness that permeated the room. I just mm-mm. Demi Lovato, by the way, did a great job. Yes. She did a great job. (audience applauds) Yeah. Yep. She cried and in the beginning, her voice cracked. So what, people encouraged her. We all know she has a great voice. I love this outfit too by the way. I love all that drip down. She looked really great. Anyway, the big winner was that Billie Eilish girl and her brother. So good for them. Let’s move on. (audience applauds) So instead of goin’ to the rescue center after I got off the phone with my parents, then I called them back because my parents are avid sportspeople, even my mom. My mom is like an aficionado, she knows stuff. So they were screaming and what not. Then they went to watch TV about that. And then I was like okay, so no Suss One, no Style Squad. Everything seems very, very superficial right now. Who can I call to really just bring it home ’cause I’m not the sports girl. And then I said Oak. So I call my friend, Charles Oakley. He actually answered the phone. ‘Cause Oak is also a legend. He played for 20 years at NBA like Kobe did. When Kobe came in, Oak was a little bit older, but they did play together. So I called Oak. I was surprised he answered the phone. I was hoping he wasn’t already in LA or something like that. He answered the phone. I said, “Oak, are you in New York?” He said, “Yeah.” I said, “Can you come to the show tomorrow? “Just come to the show. “They’re gonna call you to book you “but if you can just come to the show “and nothing you say could be wrong.” We wanna know stuff just from a humanitarian living legend point of view. This is a huge thing. Huge, yep. So Oak is here. He’s in the building. (audience cheers)
(audience applauds) Yeah. And he was supposed to be going to Boston today but he said, “Wendy, I’m gonna delay my flight “and I’m gonna come to your show “and then go right to the airport.” Charles Oakley. (audience cheers)
(audience applauds) Oh, oh my gosh, oh my gosh, oh my gosh, oh my gosh, oh my gosh. You guys, I made a new friend this weekend. Ooh. Not in that way. (audience laughs) In the purple couch kind of way. Oh. And we’ve been talkin’ about him for a long time. White Chocolate. No. Yes. Yes. (audience applauds) Well, Siobhan’s gotta book him properly. Yes, yes. Look, I’m on the phone. No, no. We need him, we need him. I can’t, I can’t take it. Yes. Chet Hayes, Tom Hanks’s son, who sometimes is white and sometimes is black. But he’s always entertaining. Right? So I was on the phone with somebody and the somebody, and this is before we found out about Kobe. I think this was Saturday as opposed to Sunday. So I was on the phone with somebody and we’re just talkin’ about stuff and what not. I have no idea how Chet’s name even got involved in the conversation. But I said “I was just talkin’ about him “the other day on the show, “and through the TV, I said Chet, “you’re all kinds of entertaining, just come to the show. “Just come on.” And so the person I was talking to said “He’s scared of you.” (audience murmurs) I said “For what?” What? “Get him on the phone.” (Norman laughs) So the friend gave me Chet’s number and Chet actually answered the phone. (audience murmurs) And I was like “Chet, how you doin’?” (audience laughs) I said, “It’s Wendy in New York.” He said, “Hi,” and he was talking white by the way. Did he say “Yo”? No, no, no, no.
Yo, yo. No, he didn’t say what up, yo. He didn’t say any of that. He was just talkin’ like a regular guy. But he knows the jokes ’cause he watches our show. So that’s why he was scared. But I was like, “Chet, “I would love for you to come to our show. “Now, you could sit on the couch,” Marco. “Maybe perform one of your songs” that nobody knows but it’ll be very entertaining. Maybe. Clap if you’d love to see White Chocolate here. (audience cheers)
(audience applauds) It’s all’s I’m sayin’. Right? So now Suzanne, Suzanne? Yeah. Now you have to relay this to Siobhan and I’ll get the telephone number. And then Chet knows the next phone call he’ll be getting will be from the show, not me. I’m not bookin’ the show. I got enough problems. By the way, did you handle everything with the girls? Yep, it’s all handled. Perfect. (sighs) Oh God. Is that it for Hot, now hold on now. (Norman laughs) I’ve only been talkin’ for 10 minutes? What is this, Season Three? (laughs) Right. So ’cause we canceled everybody, all of a sudden, we’re gonna have a rip-off show? We’d do some juicy Ask Wendys then. (audience cheers)
(audience applauds) I wanna hear about threesomes, cheating and stuff, okay? I’m sorry everybody, we’re gonna try to get it back in gear for tomorrow but in the meantime, just rock with us, okay? (audience cheers)
(audience applauds) We got more great show for you everybody. Up next, my friend, NBA legend, Charles Oakley is here remembering Kobe Bryant. We’ll be right back. (audience cheers)
(audience applauds) Enjoy life and life is too short to get bogged down and be discouraged or, you have to keep movin’, you have to keep goin’. Put one foot in front of the other, smile and just keep on rollin’. ♪ Feel, feel, feel it ♪ ♪ Feel, feel it-it ♪ ♪ Woo ♪