"But then Oprah came on the scene. She wasn’t beautiful. She wasn’t thin. And she wasn’t light-skinned. She was the opposite of white America’s view of what a black woman should look like in front of a camera. She was no Lena Horne. She was no Lola Falana. She definitely wasn’t a Jayne Kennedy. Who let this woman in the door? And she stormed the whole entire building and took over. And then other flawed beauties came along. Sally Jesse Raphael. Ricki Lake. I mean, who is a great beauty who ever had a talk show?"
— Wendy Williams, former New York-based radio personality, now host of nationally syndicated The Wendy Williams Show, telling Kevin Sessums that Oprah opened the door for unconventional beauties on television. Williams is known for her no-holds-barred approach to interviewing.