Melba Moore Reveals Katt Williams Covered $75,000 Fee for Her Hollywood Walk of Fame Star

Melba Moore was joined by Freda Payne, Katt Williams, Luenell at her star ceremony on Hollywood Walk of Fame, on Thursday, Aug. 10, 2023. (Credit: Instagram/@hwdwalkoffame)

They say that’s what friends are for, and in this case, Katt Williams proved he’s a true friend.

After being honored with the 2,760th star on the Hollywood Walk of Fame, Melba Moore revealed the Emmy-winning comedian generously covered the cost for her star on the Los Angeles landmark.

Adding a name to the iconic sidewalk costs a whopping $75,000 in sponsorship fees to cover the creation, installation, and maintenance of the star.

Moore, 77, received her star on Aug. 8, in a ceremony near the historic corner of Hollywood and Vine.

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Following the ceremony, the singer and actress took to Instagram and expressed her gratitude to Williams.

“A public thank you to KW. He is the sole sponsor of my star,” she captioned a photo of the comedian. “I am still in shock… in me you have a friend. Love Melba Forever Moore.”

Moore’s Walk of Fame ceremony was attended by Freda Payne, Jimmy Jam, Luenell, and Williams, who delivered a speech recognizing her accomplishments.

“In this day and age, we call somebody a legend if they’ve been doing something for 20, 30 years, but to be at the top of your craft in stage, television, music, and film, there really has never been anything like it,” Williams said at the ceremony.

The For the Love of Money star went on to praise Moore for exemplifying “the elegance, grace, dignity, and strength of the Black woman.”

“This strength and her ability to turn adversity into fuel for her art is a testament to her unwavering determination,” he continued, “True greatness extends beyond the boundaries of talent alone.”

Moore’s star was awarded in the category of Live Theatre/Live Performance for her work on stage, including a Tony Award win in 1970 for her performance in the Broadway musical, Purlie.

During the star ceremony, the Harlem native fought back tears as her friends and fans looked on.

“I’m humbled,” an emotional Moore said. “I want you to know that I’m honored. I’m absolutely astonished. I never, ever thought of anything like this.”