On Friday, Wendy Williams posted a video on Twitter apologizing to the LBGT community for comments she made about gay men on Thursday’s edition of her daytime talk show.
"I’m very persnickety about how I do my show," Williams said in the video, "and one thing I can tell you now is that I never do the show in a place of malice. I understand my platform in the community."
She then continued: "I didn’t mean to hurt anyone’s feelings. I’m just having a conversation. If you know me long enough, then you know … bon vivant, I don’t even know what that means, but it sounds fabulous. In my mind, it means live and let live. Bon vivant. And I live and let live every day."
Williams concluded by saying "I'm 55 years old and maybe I sounded like your auntie, your mother, big sister or somebody out of touch. I’m not out of touch, except perhaps yesterday for saying what I said. So I deeply apologize and I deeply appreciate the support that I get from the community. I will do better. I appreciate you supporting me. Thank you."
During the Hot Topics segment of Thursday's "The Wendy Williams Show" on WNYW/5, the controversial host asked who would be going out for Galentine's Day, a faux holiday created on the sitcom "Parks & Recreation" in which women celebrate the day with other women.
After some male audience members applauded, Williams remarked, “If you’re a man and you’re clapping, you’re not even a part of this. You don’t understand the rules of the day. It’s women going out and getting saucy and then going home. You’re not a part.”
Williams then added: “I don’t care if you’re gay. … You can do a lot that we do, but I get offended by the idea that we go through something you will never go through.”
“And stop wearing our skirts and our heels,” she continued before finishing with: “Looky here now, gay men, you’ll never be the women that we are. No matter how gay.”
Williams' apology video drew mixed reactions on social media. Responses ranged from "Love you auntie Wendy" and "The important thing is: you understood our feelings. Thank you. We support you. See you next week." to "NOT ACCEPTABLE..U BROUGHT BACK HORRIBLE HORRIBLE MEMORIES OF WAT I'VE BIN TRUE WITH MY FAMILIES love u but yur mouth gttn mad loooose now a days."