Why do we love chatting with Wendy Williams so? Because she calls Hollywood types as she sees ’em.
Season 5 of her eponymous Fox weekday talk show returns 10 a.m. Monday, and as usual, the former radio personality will sound off on celebrities in her popular “Hot Topics” segment.
Though, before gossiping, the New Jersey resident, 49, did have some topics of her own. During the show’s summer hiatus, she was hardly hanging out at home. The wig entrepreneur made her Broadway debut as “Mama” Morton in Chicago, and you can watch her through the process (vocal lessons and all) in a Hallmark Channel reality special, How You Doin’, airing Oct. 2.
Williams is also busy being a mom to a 13-year-old son, Kevin Jr. (dad is husband and manager Kevin Hunter): “He’s getting a little sneaky,” Williams complains of her teen. “I mean, he’s very social. He wants to go the mall. He wants more freedom. I say, ‘As long as he keeps his grades up.’ ”
Despite all her varied projects, there are still a few hours left in the day for Me Time.
“I’m very focused on what I need and where I need to be,” Williams says. “If I want to go home and relax that’s what I do. Twenty years ago I was a different Wendy Williams. I still wanted to be in the club, doing what young people want to do. I’m still young at heart and feel good in terms of my energy level and what I want to do.”
Something Williams always wants to do is talk stars. She gave us a taste of the famous people she is going to skewer, um, discuss this coming week.
Just off the top of her head:
Lamar Odom: “In a nutshell, if Khloe [Kardashian] sticks around, she’s one hell of a good woman. If what they are saying is true, that he is back on drugs, with his history of substance abuse, then I don’t know if he’s worth the time of a 29-year-old young lady with the whole world in front of her.”
Kim & Kanye: “I don’t see marriage, but listen, marriage is not necessarily the Holy Grail of relationships. It depends on who you are. Kim is one of those girls who talk about it though, according to her, since she was born. I don’t think they need to be together to be good coparents to North, who is gorgeous. It’s very difficult to live under the pressure of the spotlight. That’s what Kim loves, she’s made no secret of it. Kanye, while he loves the attention, he doesn’t love this kind of attention. He can be a hothead.”
Miley Cyrus: “I don’t think a whole lot about herl. I’m kind of over her. I heard her new song [ Wrecking Ball], and I liked it from the first three notes. But I don’t care for her image. Her desperate need for attention went from cool to corny really quick.”
Simon Cowell: “He has said he didn’t want children. In my experience, as soon as you see your baby, you fall in love. If he’s any kind of human, he’ll be a halfway decent father. Financially speaking, I’m sure he’ll be a fantastic father.”
New talk show hosts Bethenny Frankel and Arsenio Hall: “I haven’t seen either of their shows because I’ve been on the road promoting. I’m busy. Good luck to everyone.”
Best behaved celebrity right now: “ Justin Timberlake. “I’ll tell you why: He could have been Miley or Justin [Bieber]. These young kids coming up, they’re doing way too much. But Timberlake? We didn’t see a whole lot of him leaving bars drunk or walking around with a substance hanging out of his nose. All through those tumultuous years he’s kept his nose pretty damn clean. He may have been doing things, but we didn’t hear about it. He’s getting it right.”