In December 2020, the host came under fire after making fun of Dionne Warwick, who had been tweeting about artists’ stage names.
“She’s never been involved in the Twittersphere. She watches TV or she sings songs, or she reads books or she socializes, or she moisturizes her hair,” Williams said during her show. “I think if you’re a person of a particular age, you need to [be on] social media and you need to get down sometimes and talk at these kids. Not to them talk at them. But you do need somebody young in your family just to make sure that you’re coming off correct.”
Warwick later responded via Twitter. “A friend alerted me that Wendy Williams was spending a lot of not nice time speaking on me. I tuned in to her show to catch the last few minutes of her speaking about me and as in the past she seems not to be able to speak without maliciously made comments,” she wrote. “My hope is my name will refrain from being spoken or thought of by her as this conversation was held a few years ago letting her know there was nor would be any need for her to say the name Dionne Warwick for any reason. I don’t believe one has to be mean to get noticed.”See Full Gallery