Viewers are conflicted about Wendy Williams’ use of the N-word on The Wendy Williams Show.
The debate kicked off Monday after Williams accidentally said “n—as” when discussing rapper YBN Almighty Jay, who was recently assaulted outside a Saks Fifth Avenue store in Manhattan.
As the television host recounted details of the story, she joked: “I just love Fifth Avenue shopping. It’s unbelievable, you n—as,” which prompted awkward laughter from some members of the audience and silence from others.
Once the 54-year-old host realized her mistake, she explained that she feels at ease with her audience. “I get very comfortable talking to you,” she reasoned.
Williams’ flub received mixed reactions on Twitter. Some people found the mix-up offensive, while others said it was no big deal.
One person wrote: “Wendy using the “n” word. Time to go. I liked the show better with Nick Cannon and Sherri Shepherd.”
Wendy using the “n” word. Time to go. I liked the show better with Nick Cannon and Sherri Shepherd. #WendyWilliams
— Crabrubywater (@kahn_minx07) March 11, 2019
Someone else chimed in: “Disgusting.”
— beaner📌🇺🇸 (@CWhitam) March 12, 2019
Another person said: “Lmfaooo can y’all hear me screaming?? Skdbdjd.”
Lmfaooo can y’all hear me screaming?? Skdbdjd
— King Kong® ⚰️ (@6RingzOn) March 12, 2019
Another fan added: “Ms. Wendy @WendyWilliams just dropped the ‘n word” on national tv, and I love it, lol.”
— STACY GALORE (@stacygalore) March 11, 2019
Williams returned to her show on March 4 following a two-month hiatus to address her health issues. While she was away, the show featured guest hosts, including Jerry O’Connell, Sherri Shepherd and Nick Cannon.
You can watch Williams’ gaffe below.
Wendy comfortable AF! Sis said “you niggas” on live tv in front of the whyte folks 😩😩😩😩 pic.twitter.com/UuTHid3crj
— J.B. (@JustJameis) March 11, 2019