How You Doin,’ Wendy Williams?

Since the theme this week seems to be women who are generally awesome, it seems fitting that, here at Mediabistro, we’d feature an interview with radio — and now television — queen Wendy Williams as part of our “So What Do You Do?” series. Williams, a New Jersey native who’s quite beloved here in New York, was, in keeping with the gregarious personality that’s been her claim to game, very open about everything from her experience transitioning from radio to daytime TV to not caring about “fat angles.”

Williams admits that it’s not always easy being recognizable:

Television is a beast. It is not an easy job. And the level of visibility doesn’t always make me comfortable as a mother. My son and I are being recognized in the street now. I still live my life. I still run errands on the weekends with my son. So now, I have a pair of sunglasses for him to put on if necessary. I just want to protect him as much as I can from too much exposure. And for myself, the Wendy Williams that you see on television is very different than who you might run into at Target on a Saturday morning. I don’t wear makeup in the street. I try to be as plain Jane as possible.

We’d argue that there’s nothing “Plain Jane” about Wendy Williams. The woman is vibrant and endlessly entertaining even when she’s professing not to care:

If you’re going to work in this business, you should be able to have a conversation with anyone. And I’m equal opportunity with my openness. I’m just as open as I expect my guests to be. In television, traditionally, you don’t tell your age. You’re conscious of fat angles and weight. You don’t let it all hang out. I’m just the opposite. I let it all hang out. I don’t walk like a supermodel; I’m teetering in my heels. My motto is, ‘I’m a mess, you’re a mess.’ Let’s have fun with it anyway.

Check out the full interview for more.

Publish date: May 19, 2010 © 2020 Adweek, LLC. - All Rights Reserved and NOT FOR REPRINT