Some viewers turn to the Wendy Williams show because they appreciate Williams’s in-your-face personality and candid style of interacting with her guests. Known as a “shock jockette” for her bold interview style, she usually knows how to get the scoop. Unfortunately, that can often mean crossing the line. Take this situation, for example.
When interviewing “Basketball Wives” reality star Draya Michele, the host asked Draya how many basketball players she had been with, before justifying her question by adding that Draya has gotten around. To say we were stunned would be an understatement! And obviously, Draya was absolutely stunned too!
There are some ideas that television writers come up with that, in reality, should never see the light of day, and this was one of them. For some reason, late-night host David Letterman decided to have pop star Britney Spears present a list called “Top Ten Ways the World Would Be Different if Britney Spears Were President” … all while wearing just a bikini.
Considering the star’s struggles with mental health and substance abuse, the whole segment just felt exploitative and uncomfortable, not to mention David poking fun at her intelligence. Just mean! To be fair, Britney hasn't been seen doing anything quite like this in a long time.
Sweet-talking women was Hugh Hefner’s forte, so when he faced two activists Susan Brownmiller and Sally Kempton on “The Dick Cavett Show,” he went for this approach. We would expect nothing less from the Playboy legend.
Brownmiller makes confrontational remarks right off the bat, calling Hefner her enemy. But still, he tries to soften the discussion by saying he is sympathetic to “girls.” The women immediately check him and ask if he should be called a boy or, perhaps, wear a white puffy tail on his rear end. Such a savage moment in the world of cringeworthy talk show incidents.
Lily Tomlin and Chad Everett join Cavett to talk showbiz. A perfectly normal situation. Actor Everett goes on about choosing his stage name. Cavett interrupts to plug comedian Tomlin’s new album, probably because Everett is dominating the conversation by talking about himself.
His rambling took a negative direction. He announced that he had three horses, three dogs, and a wife. The host gives him a chance to correct himself. But he drove it home, saying that his wife is the most beautiful animal I own. Lily Tomlin, no longer able to tolerate the egomaniac, walks off. And after an illustrious career, she has never looked back.
Zsa Zsa Gabor
Five years after Zsa Zsa Gabor was crowned Miss Hungary, she moved to the United States. Her European elegance and unique style would help ensure she became a sought-after actress. Naturally, she became heavily typecast and would find a variety of roles working on stage, television, and of course, the big screen.
She soon became a frequent guest on late-night talk shows, and of course, found her way into tabloid magazines. Gabor was known for her extravagant lifestyle and many relationships. In fact, she was married a total of nine times! That is a pretty remarkable statistic, even by Hollywood standards!