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“I think authenticity is the name of the game!” – Wendy Williams

WBLS, CC BY 3.0 , via Wikimedia Commons
WBLS, CC BY 3.0 , via Wikimedia Commons

Considering she is one of the least authentic people you could find, Wendy Williams has made her mark in pop culture. With her witty comments and her quick comebacks, Williams has had some unforgettable moments. Williams got her start in the media in 2006 when she started her radio show “The Wendy Williams Experience.” This was William’s start to fame as she would give callers advice, talk about celebrity news, and most importantly gossip about everything pop culture. Gossip was Williams’ favorite thing and so much so that she got into some pretty controversial moments because of it. In her early career, she was falsely accusing rappers of being gay, leading fans to understand her untrustworthiness.

Williams was then given her infamous talk show, “The Wendy Williams Show.” In this daytime talk show, Williams was able to express every opinion she ever had and fans would continue to watch and listen for her bizarre quotes. Spanning over 14 years, fans have picked out their favorite quotes and best moments. 

After fainting due to dehydration in 2017, fans started to speculate that something was physically wrong with Williams. Her appearance started to change as it appeared that her eyes were coming out of her head. Williams then announced she had Graves’s disease and had been living with it for 20 years. This thyroid condition was causing the look of her eyes popping out of her head and her hair to thin. Throughout the next year, Williams went through drama with her husband, breaking a shoulder, living in a sober house, and to top it all off was diagnosed with lymphedema. With the continuation of these health conditions, Williams canceled her show in 2022 and had to go under guardianship to make sure she stayed safe.

Just about a month ago news got out that Williams had been diagnosed with frontotemporal dementia and aphasia.  Frontotemporal dementia, FTD, affects almost 60,000 Americans today along with celebrity Bruce Wilis. In regards to WIlliam’s diagnosis, aphasia is a type of FTD with affects her ability to talk, read, write, and understand the people she is talking to. As shown in recent interviews, Williams has to take her time when answering the person back because of her lack of comprehension skills. It also appears that her Graves disease has gotten worse, especially with the eye-popping. There were mixed reactions from the public about her diagnosis. A lot of people felt compassion for her due to the other health problems she has, while others believe that this was karma for all the things she has said about so many other people. There is a lot in store left for Wendy Williams and how this condition is going to affect her impact on pop culture.

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Elizabeth "Libby" Barnes is a junior at Marietta High School and is a first year staff writer  of Marietta’s Pitchfork. She is the Student Body Vice President and an IB student. She participates in many clubs including Beta Club, National Honors Society, and Interact Club. Libby is a member of the Spirit of Dance In His Steps Company Dancers and she works summers at Josh Powell Day Camp.
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