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Say What? The Anti-Oprah Speaks

"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.

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dani17731 dani17731 8 years
"I mean, who is a great beauty who ever had a talk show?" Considering that she herself looks like a tranny, she's right.
omigosh omigosh 8 years
what about tyra banks?
Marci Marci 8 years
It's totally true. But I think Sally Jesse Raphael had a talk show before Oprah.
HoneyBrown1976 HoneyBrown1976 8 years
She's talking about America's obsession with ideal beauty. None of these women would be in that category. Let's be real.
Vsugar Vsugar 8 years
Hmmm. I think Oprah IS beautiful. Ok, Sally Jesse Raphael? Not so much. But Oprah and Ricki Lake are actually very attractive women. I don't get it. Ok, they aren't SUPERMODELS, but I think we all know women we would describe as very beautiful, very attractive, who aren't "supermodel" beautiful. Christy Turlington is like, an ALIEN. This woman should shut her trap.
Smacks83 Smacks83 8 years
Symphonee...I will help her find the rock to crawl under. She gets on my last nerve!
Symphonee Symphonee 8 years
I hate everything this woman says but I agree with this. I really wish WW would just crawl in a hole and stay there.
queenegg queenegg 8 years
I love her comment. It's straight to the point and I love that.
marcied23 marcied23 8 years
i don't think the comment is harsh, it's true. oprah, ricki lake and sally aren't what the mainstream would call beautiful (though i think oprah has gotten better with age) and that opened the door for a lot of unconventional beauties to come in.
Veka Veka 8 years
Her comment may have been a little harsh, but it holds some truth to it.
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