Who Wendy Williams
Claim to fame Host of daily syndicated talk show The Wendy Williams Show (its 1,000th episode aired last week); author; member of the National Radio Hall of Fame
Base New York
What's the first information you consume in the morning?
Local Fox 5 news. It comes on before my show. I'm all about Rosanna [Scotto] and Greg [Kelly] and Mike Woods on weather. I watched for many years, and now suddenly, having a talk show on Fox, they're like extended family.
What social media do you use?
I'm prepared to come out of the closet and let you know that I don't do my own tweeting, and thank God I don't. I'm definitely the girl with the personality to jump on Twitter and tell somebody off. I've got this wonderful guy, Tristan Zimmerman, who does my tweeting for me. I text him what I want him to tweet and then he fills in the blanks with things promoting the shows and whatnot. He does the same thing with Facebook and Instagram. It was hard for me in the beginning because I'm not used to being told what to do in terms of communicating with my people, but sometimes words can fall flat in print. I'm much better, I've discovered, at speaking in front of a camera. The print thing, nah.
Do you have any favorite apps?
I don't have one app on my phone that I know of, and I don't care. There are not enough hours in the day for me to spend on that foolishness. I give myself an hour a day when I check our website, go to Radar Online, MediaTakeOut, Huffington Post, and usually by then I've gathered all the information that I need and all of a sudden I'm on Bloomingdales.com looking at a pair of shoes.
What TV shows do you watch?
I like what I consider comfort TV. I enjoy a lot of HLN. I adore Dr. Drew. He's incredibly insightful. I do love Nancy Grace. She's batty and she's kooky, but she's very informative. I've been watching Empire on Wednesday nights on Fox, which is fabulous. It's also ridiculous at the same time, and I like a little bit of ridiculousness in my TV.
What was the most interesting interview you've done on your own show recently?
Off the top of my head, I'd say Judge Judy. She's one of my favorites. I'm a big fan of Judge Judy—I watch her at least once a day—but I always heard that she doesn't do a lot of talk shows, so when I found out that she was going to be a guest on our show, I almost wet my pants.
Not only did she come on the show, but she brought Judge Jerry Sheindlin, her husband. Jerry insisted on sitting in the audience while I interviewed his wife, and then he comes over to me afterwards and he goes, "I watch you every morning on the treadmill." I was so surprised! I know Judge Judy doesn't put up with a lot of foolishness, and our show is pretty foolish—in a good way. But Judge Judy was one of the girls.
What's on your reading list?
Right now, I am bouncing between two books. The first one is Guilty Wives by James Patterson. It's taking me forever to read it, but boy is it good. I also love self-help books, so I'm reading How to Talk So Kids Will Listen & Listen So Kids Will Talk by Adele Faber and Elaine Mazlish.
How do you wind down at night?
TV. A good stabbing on the ID channel always lulls me to sleep!