Wendy Williams took time on her Wednesday show to address Julie Chen’s tearful exit from “The Talk”.
Chen said goodbye on Tuesday to the cast and crew of her daytime talk show in a videotaped message after news broke Monday that she was leaving the show.
Williams was not buying the tears, though.
“She started crying at the end but in my mind those weren’t tears for the crew,” Williams said, turning to her own camera operator. “Julie Chen doesn’t care about you, you know what I’m saying. She doesn’t care about you but I do!”
“In my opinion, she wasn’t crying because of the cast and the crew and the stuff, she was crying because now she has to go back to that compound and deal with that man and try and keep her son out of it.
“There’s no compound to me that’s big enough,” she added. “Dammit, Les, you messed this up for all of us.”
Chen’s exit from “The Talk” came after her husband Les Moonves resigned as head of CBS the week before amid multiple allegations of sexual assault.
On her Tuesday show, Williams anticipated Chen’s departure from “The Talk”, noting that she has frequently made her issues with the TV personality known, calling out her supposedly “nefarious ways.”
Williams also had some theories about why Carrie Ann Inaba was brought in as Chen’s replacement.
“For a moment, I was thinking, Now why do you think you have to replace her with Carrie Ann Inaba, who’s qualified to be a judge on ‘Dancing with the Stars’ but she’s not a qualified talk show host or panellist,” Williams said. “It’s not necessary to replace an Asian with another Asian.”
She added, “I think she might have had Carrie Ann Inaba in her seat because she knows Carrie Ann Inaba is not qualified to be a talk show host. Thus, spelling the demise. Like, if I can’t be there, let them be cancelled!”