Live from New York City, it’s the Wendy Williams Show! (upbeat music) ♪ Feel it, feel it, feel it ♪ ♪ Come on, you need it ♪ ♪ How you doin’ ♪ How you doin’? Now, here’s Wendy! (audience cheers) Thank you for watching our show. Say hello to my co-hosts, my studio audience. Yes. How you doin’? How you doin’? I’m doing okay. Let’s get started. It’s time for Hot Topics. (audience cheers)
(upbeat music) (woman giggles) Thank you. Thank you for watching. Angelina Jolie everybody is trying to heal the riff between her ex… The divorce is not finalized. Nope. Between her soon-to-be ex-husband, this has been going on by the way for years, I have no idea why these people aren’t fully divorced, but you know, whatever. (audience laughs) Between Brad and their oldest son Maddox. This is a real situation, honey. Do you remember back in 2016 when Brad and Maddox got into a fight on a private jet? Yes. We talked about it on Hot Topics and it led to what Angelina’s side is saying her filing divorce. (audience gasps) One fight with a father and son doesn’t necessarily lead to divorce. It had to have been the ground swelling already because Maddox is now 18 years old. Fathers and sons do fight. They fight whether it’s physically, or whether it’s with words. Things happen and I don’t like it, but things happen. There probably was a ground swell, but this fight on the private jet, she’d had it. Now, do you know that Brad and Maddox have not spoken since? (audience gasps) In other words, he and his son have not spoken in years. (audience gasps) Yes, yes. Maddox is now away at college. He goes to college in South Korea where by the way, he’s living in a dormitory, (audience gasps) which by the way, I have no problem with. All of his life, we’ve never seen any of those Jolie-Pitt kids play with anybody else. They’ve got all 25 of them (audience laughs)
to play with. Being that the parents are super wealthy, of course he could live in an apartment with a housekeeper and a driver and all that stuff, but you wanna know what, we don’t know this life, but just imagine if you were Maddox. It’d be nice to live in a dormitory and make new friends. He’s in South Korea at school, and not to be a Jolie-Pitt, but just to be Maddox goes it alone. (audience claps) Do we have a shot of the most recent Maddox? Yes. That’s an 18 year old. Must be a hard life being a Jolie-Pitt. (audience laughs) According to Us Weekly magazine, (audience laughs) Brad has reportedly talked to Angelina about visiting Maddox. I don’t know what happened on the plane, but you have to figure you know how sons stick up for their moms, how dad might be foul, and Brad admitted that there was drinking involved as my recollection, right? We did this on Hot Topics. He was drinking on the plane. He probably got real loud, I don’t know whether he called him an ethnic name. (audience hums) Yes, I’m going there, or whether he called his mom the B-word, but not in a fun kind of way, but in a kind of way. (audience groans) I don’t know what happened on this plane, but you know, it’s a lot for a son, particularly because all kids have it hard just being a kid, but it’s gotta be even harder when you’re a kid and you’re adopted from another country. (audience claps)
It’s gotta be even harder. Angelina adopted Maddox when she was a single woman. When Brad met Angelina after she cheated on him with Jennifer Aniston, she already had Maddox. I don’t know for a fact, but I’m assuming that maybe when Brad and Angelina finally got married that Brad adopted Maddox, so that would make him the father, not a biological father. Again, I don’t know the adoption thing, but for those of you all who are adopted, I know a lot of adopted people and they do have a tick of, damn, why wasn’t I good enough, where are my real parents? I love the people who adopted me, but what is it? Here’s the thing. She didn’t reach out to him. She always talks to him, but I think that this is the perfect time of year to have a really well thought out family Thanksgiving dinner, you know what I mean? Mom and dad should put their differences aside because they have a bunch of other adopted kids too. In other words, dad, if you can do this to Maddox, then you can do this to me. We don’t know whether Brad’s tried to reach out to this boy, I must say that. He might be blocked on Maddox’s phone. (audience laughs) Brad can fly to Korea and squat outside the dorm. There are things that parents could do, particularly if you have endless amounts of money. If you really want to reconnect with this boy, then leave Angelina out of it and you go over there and basically you stalk him in the name of love over to South Korea. (audience claps) Here’s the other thing. I’ve never heard Maddox speak. I don’t know how he talks, you know what I mean? A reporter, yes, they have paparazzi in Korea too, a reporter caught up with Maddox in Korea. (audience gasps) Remember, he’s 18. He’s all by himself and he actually stopped and talked. You have to listen very closely. Co-hosts, please no oohs and ahs and claps and (woman yelps). You know how you all do. (audience laughs) Just listen very closely ’cause this might be the last time we hear him speak ’cause he doesn’t speak, you know what I mean? Very interesting. Take a look. Have you spoken with your siblings? Did you speak with your brothers and sisters? Are they happy that you’re here. Yeah, I think so. I think so, yeah. How about your dad, is he gonna come visit, do you want him to come visit? I don’t know about that, about what’s happening. No, you don’t know what’s gonna happen with that? Is your relationship with him sort of over? Whatever happens, happens. Sad, right? Sad on one hand. On the other hand, 18, they consider that an adult these days. It doesn’t seem like he cares one way or the other whether Brad gets back with him, but he also didn’t say that Brad is shut out. Brad, this is your chance to take off from being hot and a big timer and get over to South Korea and fix this. (audience claps)
That’s all I’m saying. Salt-N-Pepa got the last laugh on Russell Simmons. (audience gasps) Here’s what happened. First of all, I was telling you already that there’s gonna be an E True Hollywood story with Yo-Yo and Da Brat. I didn’t even know that they’re still doing these, but they sat down for an E True Hollywood story about female rappers. It’s the same one that Yo-Yo and Da Brat are in. This is gonna be so good. I can’t want to see this one. It happens on Sunday. They said that Russell got at them and that him rejecting them fueled them to wanna be successful regardless. Take a look. I wanted to happen to ask him about the Salt-N-Pepa girls, what do you think? Russell gave us a thumbs down. I remember feeling like I can either listen to the father of hip-hop and fold, or I can use that as fuel. (upbeat music) We were never intimidated. When they said we couldn’t, we did. Then years later, Russell tried to sign us to Def Jam. We was like, no, we good. (audience claps) And the rest is history. It just goes to show you just because somebody tells you no, even if it’s no from the highest up, at that particular time, Russell was the everything to hip-hop. He’ll go down as an icon and whatnot to hip-hop now, but I’m saying back then, can you imagine how much it would’ve hurt these two girls who used to work together at Sears from Queens and all they wanna do is get together and have a group and then Russell says, no? Do you know how much it probably really fueled their thirst for success to tell him, no thank you. (audience hums) I like that. (audience claps)
That’s all. I don’t know whether it’s an old time thing, but sometimes you have one time to reject somebody before they become great and then you wanna come back. No, I was here all along, you know what I mean? (audience claps) I’m late to the party for The Bachelor. You know I don’t watch that show, but I did watch for the Rachel Lindsay one and I really enjoyed it and then I really like the Hannah one, so now I’m in, except not so much anymore. I’m gonna tell you why. The next season of Bachelor is filming right now and we all know that these reality shows have a certain part of them that are staged and fake. I think we know that as thinking people. Everything is not real that you’re seeing, but we caught them in the act! Wait, hold on now. Those are the girl and the guy, right? They’re walking out to get on a bus when they say stop, good. Then, there’s the producer right here in the black coat talking to the guy, the girl is way back there. This is the bachelorette way back there and then the producer’s obviously saying to him, you guys, look more romantical and walk back out again. (audience gasps)
Three, two, one, go. There’s the bachelor and bachelorette walking back out. And cut! (audience laughs) (audience claps) Even though we know that everything that we see is not real, and even though I’m a TV insider, even I watching as a new person watching the show, I am so disappointed that there’s gotta be something else on Monday besides this. (audience laughs) Here’s the thing. You know that they do re-do’s. There’s certain things that as a fan of something you don’t wanna actually see. I don’t wanna see a re-do. They didn’t look like they screwed up the first time they walked out to the bus, and why are you doing this in public? You know this footage wasn’t shot by TMZ or something. It was shot by a fan standing on the outside shooting it and then they sent it to a blog that cracks on reality shows, and the blog sent it out to the world and that’s how we got it. Look at the producer telling them, you have to do again. Look at the girl in the back, look at the bachelor, (audience laughs)
look at the bachelorette. Bachelorette’s just walking, you know what I mean? The proposals are fake, the people are fake, the storylines are fake, the love is fake, it’s all fake, but I don’t wanna see it. Don’t do it in public around a bunch of people ’cause now we know and I am very disappointed, (audience laughs) but I would imagine that they would repose shots in private areas like behind the Bachelor compound gates if the bachelor and bachelorette are laying by the pool and they say, all right cut. You guys don’t look romantic enough. Put your leg over his leg, more, spread them more, kiss him. (audience laughs)
Wait, cut. Let’s re-do this kiss, but that would be private behind the compound, do you know what I mean? I don’t know. We all know it’s fake, but clap if you’re disappointed to see this. (audience claps) (woman scoffs) Hillary Clinton is standing up for Meghan Markle. (audience hums) Hillary says that the way British press is treating Meghan is inexplicable, excuse me, inexplicable. She feels that Meghan is targeted because she’s Black. People call it biracial, but one dip of Black, it’s Black. (audience hums) Forget the biracial, okay? (audience claps)
She’s Black. I feel like Meghan would’ve been targeted whether she was Black, White, or not. I think the first thing is she’s Black, but a close second runner is she’s an American who happens to be an actress, who happens to have been from Crenshaw, you know what I mean? The Black thing is definitely a part of it in my mind, but the other part of it is American, an actress, already had her own thing going on, and also, no matter who you are to marry Harry, everybody would be jealous and they’re jealous I think of Meghan. That’s why I think that the press haunts her like that. They’re curious about her, they wish that an English girl would’ve married him, Black or White, they wish the girl was English, and also, she’s making new rules. She dresses how she wants, she goes out when she wants, she hangs out with Serena when she wants, she doesn’t ask the Queen’s permission to sneeze (audience laughs) ’cause she doesn’t feel like she wants to. I like this royal couple. (audience claps) I’m more interested in them, quite frankly, than I am in William and Kate. I’m not as interested in William and Kate as I am in Harry and Meghan. Hillary’s all in too. All right everybody, it’s now time for the Hot Five. Hit it! (audience cheers)
(upbeat music) Here to countdown the hottest things in pop culture is our friend from People Now, Jeremy Parsons. Hey Wendy. (audience cheers)
So good to see you! Hi Jeremy. Happy season 11. I enjoy your stick pin. You like that? It’s just a little something. I thought it worked. You wanna start with number five? Yes, number five. Number five is a docuseries, Hip-Hop, The Songs that Shook America. (audience claps)
I’m in. This is a big deal. This is a six episode docuseries. It’s about hip-hop songs that kind of broke through barriers and changed hip-hop forever. Questlove and Black Thought from The Roots are producing this. Questlove had this great quote. He said that these are songs that propelled hip-hop into the mainstream. They played a key role in that. Each episode focuses on one song. The first episode already aired, Jesus Walks by Kanye. Where was I? Wait, what? It happened. You can check it out still on AMC. We’ll get to that, where you can watch it. On AMC. Jesus Walks from Kanye brought about religion and brought rap together, created a conversation around that. Sunday’s episode is about Alright by Kendrick Lamar, obviously became the anthem in the Black Lives Matter movement, a lot of people rallied around that song. We’re gonna hear from these artists. Some other songs are Rock Box, Elevators, The Bridge, Ladies First by Queen Latifah. (audience claps) Queen Latifah talking about playing such an incredible role in a male dominated industry. We’re getting these one-on-one interviews with these artists throughout this series. It’s gonna be really great. Artists and hip-hop aficionados. Absolutely, and ground breakers and pioneers in all of it. The first episode premiered Sunday. You can catch that on demand. Second one airs this Sunday at midnight on AMC. A little late. That’s why.
You can DVR it. That’s why.
Set the DVR. (audience claps)
I don’t have one. You gotta get one. You gotta get the DVR. (man laughs) No DVR for you. You ready for number four? Yes, please. Number four is Maleficent: Mistress of Evil. (audience cheers) Opened today. This one might take Joker off the top of the box office. Angelina Jolie reprising that role obviously as the evil Maleficent. Look at her. She’s Sleeping Beauty’s adopted mother. Michelle Pfeiffer too, wow. Michelle Pfeiffer, Oscar nominee. She’s joining the cast as Angelina’s rival, plays this very icy queen. In the movie, Sleeping Beauty is set to marry Michelle Pfeiffer’s son, Prince Phillip. Guess who doesn’t like it, Angelina. The two battle it out. It’s just incredible to see these two powerhouse women. Fight, fight, fight! (audience laughs) These battles break out, look at this. It’s epic in scope, the visuals in this are really incredible. I love seeing these two women lead an action packed movie like this. Is there a financial projection? There is a financial projection. Thank you for asking. $175 million is projected for the opening weekend. The last movie did $758 million worldwide. This is gonna be huge. You can check it out. Maleficent: Mistress of Evil is out now. (audience claps) What’s number three? This is the Hot Five. Number three on the Hot Five, Elle’s Women in Hollywood issue. (audience claps) Every year, Elle celebrates women in Hollywood who broke barriers and in some way impacted the world or their industry. 10 different covers with 10 different women, including Nicole Kidman, Zendaya, Dolly Parton. That’s a lot of covers. A lot of covers. Lena Waithe and the women behind the upcoming movie Queen & Slim, Gwyneth Paltrow, Mindy Kaling, Scarlett Johansson, Natalie Portman. Look at those, they’re beautiful covers and really incredible in-depth stories. Are interviews with each women? Interviews with each one. They’re very raw and very real throughout it. Zendaya, who is having the most amazing year ever with Euphoria. (audience claps) She’s everywhere, look at her. Euphoria became such a hit, but she gets very real about the anxiety. What is Euphoria? Euphoria’s the show, her series. You gotta check it out. By the way, not for the kids. It’s super dark and very grown-up. My father watches that. Does he? Hi daddy.
Is that real? Yes. Here’s what we’re talking about here, but she actually opened up about having a lot of anxiety when it came to just life in general. She’s an introvert, but then in filming Euphoria, she would be really anxious on set, but then the way it’s been received by your dad, and the critics, and the audience has helped her build the confidence. She opens up about that.
Good for her. We also have Dolly Parton opening up about early on in her career, people told her she needed to change her look. She sure did. She changed it all right. She ended up really owning it and being who she was and kind of got the last laugh. She did say that if she hadn’t been born a girl that she would’ve ended up being a drag queen. That was her quote, which was kind of funny. (audience claps) Nicole Kidman opens up about her mother inspiring her that when she got married to Keith Urban, her mom was like, don’t give up everything for your marriage and then she ended up launching a production company and kind of started producing as her mom encouraged her. Mindy Kaling opens up in this as well about some of the things that she faced. She says that she’s always felt like an outsider in Hollywood and it’s helped keep her humble. She tells this story of walking onto the set of the Mindy Project, a security guard stopping her and asking where she was going. Didn’t recognize her. She ends up pointing to a Billboard right there with her face on it, and then she’s like, okay. She’s always felt like an outsider, but it’s ended up giving her good perspective. Good for her. (audience claps)
All those stories and more. Elle’s Women in Hollywood, November issue. Newsstands on Tuesday. We’re on number two, Hot Five. This one’s a hot one. Ronan Farrow’s new book, Catch and Kill. (audience claps) Everyone’s talking about this. If you don’t know. Journalist Ronan Farrow is the guy who’s reporting brought Harvey Weinstein down. 13 women accused Weinstein of sexual misconduct. He took down the most powerful man in Hollywood. A lot of wild things happened behind the scenes. Tell about the Weinstein thing and him. I’m telling you, he is brave. His accusations are that Weinstein actually hired an international spy company to spy on him, he alleges that his phone was tapped, that he was intimidated, his sources were intimidated. And he had to move. Death threats, he had to move, he started to going to gun ranges and things. And he’s still going hard! He’s still going hard, he is. It kind of goes into all of that. It also breaks down the whole way he took on NBC news throughout all of this. Ronan worked for NBC. He alleges that they tried to kill the Harvey Weinstein story that he was working on and then he alleges that it was because Weinstein had threatened to expose Matt Lauer, which we now know everything that sort of came out in those allegations. NBC according to him didn’t wanna risk everything. NBC by the way has denied all of this. That’s not their story at all. He also in this book talks about the interview with a woman who accused Matt Lauer of rape, Brooke Nevils. It was her account of rape that ended up leading to Matt Lauer being fired from the Today Show. Matt Lauer has released statements refuting all of this. It’s an explosive bombshell of a book. You can check it out. Catch and Kill is available right now. (audience claps)
Right now. The number one thing on our Hot Five list, Jeremy. Number one on our Hot Five, Tina, the Tina Turner musical. (audience cheers) There we go. People excited for this one. Tina Turner, one of the world’s most accomplished artists, 12 Grammy’s. Her life was already a hit movie, What’s Love Got to Do With It, Angela Bassett, we remember that? Now it’s going to Broadway. We’re all very excited. (audience claps) That’s right! It deserves some applause even more. Is she down with this play? Tina is down with it. She’s very excited that she’s finally made it to Broadway as if she needs to accomplish anything. She’s done it all, but this is gonna cover her life from her humble beginnings in Tennessee to becoming this global queen of rock and roll. I love this. Great music, and her relationship with Ike Turner as well is gonna be covered. Some of the songs, Proud Mary, Private Dancer, Simply The Best, What’s Love Got to Do With It. We’re gonna be singing and dancing the entire show. Love it! Give it up for Jeremy Parsons everybody. Check it out! Make sure you pick up your copy of People magazine. It’s on newsstands now. More great show for you. (man laughs)
All rise, Judge Wendy is next, so grab a snack and come on back. (upbeat music)
Thank you Wendy Williams. (upbeat music)