Gossip queen Wendy Williams puts the jokes aside when talking about Kanye West.
“I will tell you, I feel very, very bad for Kanye West,” she said at a Q&A session for New York Magazine’s Vulture Festival on Saturday evening. “He’s not well and that is the very foundation of everything he says.”
West found himself at the center of controversy after giving Donald Trump major love on Twitter, going off the rails on TMZ where he said “slavery was a choice,” and then admitted to once suffering from an opioid addiction and undergoing liposuction.
“The war on drugs is very, very real, and the war on helping people with mental illness is very, very real,” she said.
An audience member shouted out from the crowd and thanked her for discussing drug addiction.
The opinionated talk-show host’s comments about the rapper came about when moderators asked for her “tea” on a variety of celebrities including Meghan Markle and Mariah Carey.
But when it came time to dish on West, Williams — who struggled with her own drug addiction in the past — got serious. She said his troubled state is due to the tragic 2007 passing of his mother and the fact that his father has been absent in his life.
“His father is nowhere in the picture, his mom passed away trying to beautify herself to be a stage mom and I’m not going to talk about his wife, his family or anything like that but what I will tell you is that he’s not well,” she repeated.
“Kanye is in the throws,” she told the crowd, adding “I think that mental illness is something that is so real.”
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