Amid ongoing speculation surrounding Wendy Williams’ two month-hiatus, rumors of her alleged alcohol and pill abuse, and her recent revelation about living in a sober house, the host is now facing allegations of ageism and racism.
According to Page Six, Diane Stevens, an audience member who frequents the New York City-based talk show, said the incident occurred on Valentine’s Day.
“I was coming from The Bronx, and I had to take a bus and two trains,” the 60-year-old woman said, as she explained she arrived at the studio around 6:30 am with two of her friends. “So because we have canes they let us sit down inside the audience holding [area]. Then the audience coordinator comes on the headset, and she looks at us and says into the headset, ‘I am taking the tickets from the older people.”
Apparently, that’s when the woman and her friends were revoked of their ticket stubs and escorted out of the building. “It was so humiliating.”
According to Stevens, the tickets were then given to three young African American women. So now, she’s convinced the decision was motivated by race and age. However, a spokesperson for the show said, “We have the best audience in daytime, and we provide a welcoming, fun environment for all of Wendy’s co-hosts [as Williams refers to her audience].”