Wendy’s Got The Heat! The talk show host and mogul’s life story is finally coming to the silver screen by way of Lifetime after years of speaking of doing a biopic. The film entitled Wendy Williams: The Movie stars actress Ciera Payton as Williams and will follow her journey as she began to take over the airwaves to become a nationally syndicated radio host, before ascending into a daytime TV legend.
The feature-length film will be executive produced by Williams and airs on January 30th on the network. The film’s trailer allowed viewers a peak in what they will witness upon the film’s arrival, such as her famous fall while on the show, her battle with drug addiction, as well as her battle with her ex-husband’s infidelity during their marriage.
With fans highly anticipating the film’s arrival, many are wondering whether her famous feuds with various celebrities will make the cut, as she’s been known to have many due to her commentary on their lives both on the radio as well as on her daytime talk show. From her infamous phone interview on the radio with Whitney Houston to her comments on Sean “Diddy” Combs which caused issues for many years for her, to her feuds with the Kardashians, Blac Chyna, and more, the list goes on and on, and fans can’t wait to see them relived.
One of her longstanding battles has been with Beyonce, which got its start early on in her Destiny’s Child era. In a resurfaced interview, fans got a glimpse of a fed-up Beyonce (as highlighted by Wendy’s then co-host) who did her best to keep her composure whilst interviewing along with bandmate Kelly Rowland on Wendy Williams’s radio show while discussing the many rumors surrounding the group, particularly after Letoya Luckett and LaTavia Roberson’s departure.
Wendy’s remarks that it was “clear that the group is ‘Beyonce and The Girls’” and further suggestions that she should just go solo at the time caused Beyonce to respond, saying “well, I don’t think that the groups is ‘Beyonce and The Girls’, and I definitely don’t get the hottest looks, and the camera definitely don’t stay on me.”
She continued, “I sing the lead… and like in any other group, the camera is on them because they’re singing the majority of the song.” They went on to address other rumors such as a romp with Jagged Edge in their tour bus. This 2000 interview would be the last personal interview that she shared with the singer or the rest of the girls.
Over the years, as is her job, Wendy included Beyonce in her Hot Topics segment. But an incident in 2012 seemed to stand out when she spoke on the “Find Your Way Back” singer while talking about her then HBO documentary Life Is But a Dream, shadily remarking on her speech after claiming to be a Beyonce fan. “I’m watching because, fortunately, one of the TVs in our kitchen has closed captioning. So, I’ll be able to understand what she says,” Williams told her audience.
She didn’t stop there insisting Beyonce sounds like she has a fifth grade education which is equivalent to a 10 and 11 year-old. “You know Beyoncé can’t talk. Beyoncé sounds like she has a fifth-grade education.” The remarks brought collective gasps from the audience, but Wendy laughed and continued on with her commentary. “Excuse me, I just said I was a fan,” Williams expressed to the crowd and her viewers. “But we have to call a spade a spade.”
Williams also famously spoke on the “Becky with the Good Hair” era, after Beyonce released the song “Sorry” off of her critically acclaimed 2016 Lemonade album. The album’s theme centered around stories of Bey and Jay-Z’s marriage, including the infidelity rumors that had already been running rampant. The song’s release left many fans and listeners wondering who the singer had been referring to, and a lot of people referred to Rachel Roy, whom Jay was reportedly linked to previous to Beyonce. “So Rachel Roy, first of all, you’re not this fighting girl,” Williams said in her Hot Topics segment. “Unless you’re on Jay-Z and Beyoncé’s payroll, and they pay you to mix it up for, I guess sales for the Lemonade.”
Safe to say she probably won’t be interviewing Beyonce or Jay-Z any time soon.