By Bill Vaughan
“The Wendy Williams Show” is celebrating a milestone as it returns on Sept. 10 for a remarkable 10th season. The television talk show host used the occasion to hit the road this summer for a sold-out 10-city tour aimed at bringing some of her magic to smaller markets throughout the U.S.
Tasty Clips caught up with the event in Atlanta at the Buckhead Theatre with a line so long one of the parking attendants remarked that he hadn’t seen anything like it since Elton John played there.
Attendees were greeted with drink tickets upon entering the lobby replete with selfie stations and Wendy trivia contests. Who knew she allegedly has never sent an email?
Upstairs, a salon was set up with hairstylists and manicurists while a DJ provided beats before a live performance.
When the now shockingly thin Williams hit the stage it was a love fest. She took the time to talk about her special interview with Aretha Franklin, which got a shout out at the memorial service.
She also had the following advice for fans wanting to follow in her footsteps as the self-proclaimed “Queen of All Media:”
“Watch your friends. Your friends will get you in trouble. Friends have a season and a reason.”
“Wash your skin. There are a lot of lazy girls and a few of you are here. You don’t want your skin to look like 100 yards of road rash.”
And “Take care of your teeth. You don’t need a new breast implant. You need good teeth.”
While recreating the popular “Ask Wendy” segment, she was approached by a 37 year-old woman who shared that her husband suggested she wear a strap on for their fifth wedding anniversary.
“My friends think he’s gay,” she said before a chorus of ladies in the house yelled, “He is!”
Williams’ unexpected response? “You’re too old to be talking about this with your friends.”
Guests for this landmark opening week were hush hush at press time, though leaks suggest pop artist and host of Fox’s “The Four,” Fergie, may be involved.
Later next month, Williams will receive the National Association of Broadcasters New York Impact Award, recognizing her triumphs on daytime television and 33 years in the broadcast industry.
TASTY QUIP: “Me and Yara [Shahidi] and Zendaya are perceived in the same way because we are lighter skinned brown girls. We fill this interesting space of being accessible to Hollywood and accessible to white people in a way that darker skinned girls are not.” – AMANDLA STENBERG, star of the upcoming movie “The Hate U Give,” to Variety
CLIPPETTES: After granting a new song to Ava DuVernay’s “A Wrinkle in Time,” Sade is doing the same for “12 Years a Slave” director Steve McQueen’s follow-up “Widows” starring Viola Davis to be released Nov. 16. The song, “The Big Unknown,” is considered a precursor of sorts to an upcoming album and tour …
The Rev. Shawn Amos is the curator of a new jazz and blues series kicking off with his band on Sept. 7 at the Broad Stage in Santa Monica called “blackbox @ the edye.” Prior to his creation of the reverend persona in 2013, folks knew Amos as producer (“Solomon Burke’s Live in Nashville,” and Shout! Factory box set “Q: The Musical Biography of Quincy Jones”) and son of entrepreneur and William Morris agent Wally “Famous” Amos …
The bittersweet story of Yayoi Kusama, who battled sexism, racism and mental illness to finally see her iconic Infinity Mirror Rooms become an art world sensation and social media staple at the age of 88, is told in Heather Lenz’s fascinating Magnolia Pictures documentary “Kusama – Infinity” now playing at Landmark Nuart …
Legendary Stax Records keyboardist Booker T Jones headlines the Santa Barbara Polo & Wine Festival on Sept. 8. Visit www.sbpoloandwine.com for details …
Pitbull, Kelly Clarkson and Nick Jonas have signed on as voices for the upcoming animated film “UglyDolls,” based on the beloved toy brand …
H.B. Barnum, Aretha Franklin’s Music Director of 25 years, will receive a Lifetime Achievement Award at the 1st Annual California Jazz & Blues Museum Hall of Fame Inductee Ceremony Fundraiser and Barbara Morrison’s Birthday Celebration Concert at Catalina Jazz Club on Sept. 10 …
The Temptations featuring original member Otis Williams are booked Sept. 13 at Pasadena’s the Rose; as Anita Baker’s Farewell Tour hits the Greek.
TC ON TV: Sept. 7 – “City of Joy” (Netflix): Follows the unlikely friendship that develops between 2016 Nobel Peace Prize Nominee Dr. Denis Mukwege, “The Vagina Monologues” playwright Eve Ensler, and a charismatic Congolese human rights activist who join forces to create a safe haven for women survivors in the middle of violence-torn Eastern Congo. “First Take” (ESPN): Host Stephen A. Smith welcomes Spike Lee and Tim Tebow before showing up later today as Brick on ABC’s “General Hospital.” “Stand Up To Cancer 2018” (Major Networks): The sixth one-hour fundraiser features Mahershala Ali, Ken Jeong, Matthew McConaughey, Trevor Noah, Dak Prescott and more. “David Tutera’s Celebrations” (WE): Wendy Raquel Robinson
Sept. 9 – “”Patti Labelle’s Place” (Cooking): Carrie Ann Inaba and Cedric the Entertainer are the opening guests this season. “Black Girls Rock 2018” (BET): Janet Jackson, Mary J. Blige, Naomi Campbell, Lena Waithe, Judith Jamison and Me Too founder Tarana Burke are honored in the ceremony hosted by Queen Latifah. “Rel” (Fox): Based on the life of Lil Rel Howery (“Get Out”), this multi-camera comedy has him playing a loving family man living on the West Side of Chicago, who finds out his wife is having an affair with his barber. Sinbad co-stars as his dad. “The 2019 Miss America Competition” (ABC): Reginald Hudlin joins the telecast as an exec producer.
Sept. 10 – “Face the Truth” (CBS): Vivica A. Fox hosts this new daytime series where the audience decides who’s right and who’s wrong. “Rest in Power: The Trayvon Martin Story” (Paramount): Mother Sylvia Fulton is miffed that BET has been showing this excellent docu-series sporadically. Better to watch on this network as it concludes with “Et Tu, America.”
TASTY QUIP: “I hope that this period that we’re in now, where we have a heightened sensitivity about that, and a reevaluation of what it means to work and the idea that some jobs are better than others — that’s actually not true. There is no job that’s better than another job. It might pay better, it might have better benefits, it might look better on a resume and on paper. But actually, it’s not better. Every job is worthwhile and valuable.” – GEOFFREY OWENS, formally of “The Cosby Show” and Trader Joe’s, to “Good Morning America”
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Wendy Williams reaches a landmark 10th season for her television talk show, ‘The Wendy Williams Show.’ To celebrate the occasion, she just completed a 10-city U.S. tour.