By Susan Johnes
Posted October 3rd 2018
Wendy Williams was in danger of losing major sponsorship for her show, after she’s been accused of supporting R. Kelly and blasting the #MeToo movement.
Daily Mail reports that sponsors have “threatened” to pull out of Wendy’s show after she consistently showed support for R. Kelly despite warnings from the show’s syndication company Debmar-Mercury which have asked her to stop defending the singer.
Daily Mail further reports that things became worse during a May episode when Williams asked her audience if they would mind if Kelly came on as a guest.
On top of that, Williams has been critical of the #MeToo movement. When folks began the #MuteRKelly campaign, the TV host stuck up for the singer.
“I’m not going even to belabor the point,” said Williams. “I know things about R. Kelly that I will take to my grave unless he tells them.”
As we all know, Kelly has been accused by several young women of abuse and sexual misconduct. In fact, his ex-wife Andrea recently spoke out and said he abused her throughout their 10-year marriage.
But during one of her segments, Williams blamed the parents of those young women for letting their daughters be around Kelly and also said the singer couldn’t read or write.
“I was shocked he was admitting this because he can’t read, he can’t write, and he can’t add,” she explained.
“I won’t tell you about how he maneuvers through the world … I can’t understand not knowing how to read, write or add, and I don’t understand parents who unleash their kids.”
Then in an episode that aired on January 25, 2018, Williams spoke out against the #MeToo movement and included Kelly in her argument.
“I’m sick of this #MeToo movement,” she stated. “I love that people are speaking up for the first time and coming out and everything, but now … I look at all men like, ‘You’re a #MeToo.’ All of them, which is not fair.”
In that same episode, Williams said Kelly’s 1994 marriage to Aaliyah (27 and 15 years respectively) was voluntary because Aaliyah’s parent voluntarily let her do it.
After Network executives expressed concern over Williams’ comments and asked her to stop defending Kell, Williams changed tract and took a different approach. In an episode that aired on May 22, she seemingly changed her stance on Kelly and said he needs to be arrested.
“At this point, what do you say? R. Kelly is guilty of a lot of things,” she stated. “The law has to catch up to the accusations … I think more girls will probably come out and tell their stories … Where are the cops? R. Kelly, you need to lie on that sword.”
But according to a source close to Williams, she didn’t change her opinion on Kelly because she wanted to, it was about keeping herself on the air.