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TALK SHOW CHICKS: Wendy Williams GLAMS UP New UPTOWN Magazine Cover + Keke Palmer Becomes YOUNGEST Talk Show Host In TV History


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YBF actress Keke Palmer just landed a new gig as a talk show host and media personality Wendy Williams is gracing the newest cover of UPTOWN magazine. More inside…

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Wendy Williams got glammed up for UPTOWN Magazine's April/May 2014 Travel issue as she donned an array of elegant gowns.  During the UPTOWN interview, Wendy dished on her rise to the top in the media industry, racism, and the loves of her life…her husband and son.

On her career:
“I regret nothing in my radio career, nothing,” says Williams, who also struggled with substance abuse during those times. She’s publicly stated that she stopped using drugs in the late ’90s because she wanted better for herself, which included being a wife and a mother. “I had to be that person back then to be the person I am today. The person who was on the radio then was authentically me. We all have our sloppy, greasy side. My original Wendy listeners, here in New York, they grew up with me. They come up to me all the time and say, ‘Oh, I have been listening to you since I was 12.’ I feel proud. I am glad that I have been able to evolve.”

On her husband and her son:
“He is my manager, co-executive producer of the show and my biggest productive cheerleader. I love him.” On January 20, 2014, while on-air, Williams broke out in tears, sobbing that her son, Kevin, Jr., 13, does not like her. Despite that emotional episode, she says she is not envious of her son’s strong relationship with his father; in fact, it makes her proud. “I love that he has his father. It’s a great thing, a black boy and his black father,” she says before tearing up. She starts to cry. While reaching for a tissue, she whispers, “Sometimes, I will stand at our front door and watch Little Kev and his father drive off until I see the last puff of smoke from the car’s exhaust. Then, I say to myself, ‘It’s good.’”

On racism:
“It makes me so proud that my black mother and my black father can sit in my audience and the camera can zoom in on them and, without them saying a word, the world sees: ‘Oh my God, there is a full black family!’ And my parents have been married for a hundred years! And, when my black husband and my black behind can pull up to my black son’s school for a parent-teacher night and they see a full black family, that is really important. We need to discuss race not necessarily because I am being followed in the mall because someone knows that I am Wendy Williams, but because I am a black woman in the mall at 2 o’clock in the afternoon.”


Here are the pics from her fabulous spread:

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Check out Wendy’s full interview in UPTOWN magazine on newsstands now or check it out online here.  Watch BTS video here.


In other tv news.....

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YBF TV starlet Keke Palmer has added a new title to her resume. It was announced that Keke has nabbed her very own daily talk show that will air on BET.  The show's working title is The Keke Palmer Project.  The show has been picked up for an initial four-week run and will air Monday-Friday starting this July. The new gig will make Keke the youngest talk show host in TV history.


Photos: UPTOWN Magazine/Keke Palmer’s IG

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