For twelve years, Wendy Williams greeted her fans on her talk show with an enthusiastic “How you doin’?” But she didn’t always please her guests. The talk show host came onto TV with a reputation for being a “shock jockey” from her radio days — she once got Whitney Houston to curse her on air in New York — and over the years she’s offended more than one guest in their self-titled program. Who can forget Williams’ famous 2008 catfight with The Apprentice star Omarosa Manigault-Stallworth on live television?
“Wendy‘ comes with a stink,” Burstein once said. “It’s the same reason for the 12 years prior that we’ve struggled to book guests. She’s been tough on a lot of celebrities, and a lot of celebrities hate her.”
But Williams may have met her match during a memorable interview in which a famous lifestyle expert put her in her place — perfect.
Martha Stewart closed Wendy Williams’ comment on her age
In December 2016, lifestyle expert and business mogul Martha Stewart was a guest on “The Wendy Williams Show,” and it was like old home week for Stewart — at first. Williams’ show was filmed at the same Chelsea-area studio that recorded Stewart’s old show “Martha,” according to Page Six. The two women also worked closely with manager Bernie Young, according to The Hollywood Reporter. But their similarities ended there.
During the interview, Williams introduced Stewart by mentioning her age, prompting Stewart to teach her TV host an etiquette lesson. After Williams said, “You’re a very beautiful woman … and I find it surprising that you’re in your 70s,” Stewart shot back, “You don’t have to encourage that. I never say how old I am. I don’t feel my age. I don’t look that old. And I don’t want to be my age… And you shouldn’t say my age.”
After schooling her, Stewart seemingly got over William’s faux pas because she agreed to appear at daytime Chatfest again in 2018, per IMDb.
Martha Stewart doesn’t think about aging
Martha Stewart turned 81 on August 3, 2022 and is still going strong at both work and over-the-top play. But despite Wendy Williams’ joke about how good-looking she was in her 70s, the “Martha Stewart Living” star has never thought about her age. Stewart once said people that age are just “a number staring you in the face”. “I don’t think about age or getting older,” she once said at Chelsea Handler “Dear Chelsea” podcast. “I don’t think about it. … My favorite thing about getting older is absolutely not a thing.”
Stewart told People she has great genetics — her mother, Martha Sr., lived to be 93 — and she credited qualified dermatologists and a longtime podiatrist for helping keep her young. “My hope is that if I don’t kill myself with too much hard work, I’ll probably survive very well for a long time,” she said.