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The Wendy Williams Experience
A lot or a little?
The parents' guide to what's in this TV show.
What parents need to know
Parents need to know that this talk show-reality TV hybrid brings shock jock Wendy Williams' raunchy radio broadcasts to TV. Her shows include chats with celebrities in which Williams dissects their sex lives, as well as a question-and-answer period in which listeners with sexual issues call in for her advice. Voyeuristic and shallow, the show doesn't really offer anything worthwhile for viewers of any age.
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What's the story?
In THE WENDY WILLIAMS EXPERIENCE, the loud-mouthed Manhattan radio talk show host brings her controversial, confrontational segments to TV. In each episode, which also airs on New York City radio station WBLS, the brash Williams interviews celebrity guests who have upcoming projects to pitch, stakes out stars as they walk the week's red carpets, and takes calls from viewers with personal problems to solve. The central theme of all of it is sex, which Williams and her crew can't seem to stop talking about.
Is it any good?
Avid listeners of Williams' radio show will undoubtedly enjoy seeing the host interact with her guests, rather than just imagining it. But those expecting a celebrity-focused gossip show will be sorely disappointed. Williams' shtick is often too crude to be funny, and the constant sex talk means that this is definitely one for mature viewers only.
Need examples? Here's a rundown of part of just one episode: First, Williams talked to rapper Ice-T and his wife, Coco, who was promoting her new semi-nude calendar. As Williams flipped through the pictures, her sidekick, Charlemagne, commented "I would masturbate to that." Later on, a male caller who'd been sleeping with his stepfather asked Williams what he should do about the situation, and another listener called to say that she was contemplating cheating on her boyfriend because, as Williams put it, he had a "puny penis." In the last segment, Williams introduced Phat Farm designer Russell Simmons, who's separated from his wife but still sees her regularly, and asked him if they're still having sex.
Talk to your kids about ...
Families can talk about shock radio. What is it about DJs like Williams and Howard Stern that listeners find so funny? Are the radio segments as funny/shocking when they're aired on TV? Why or why not? Why do you think celebrities, callers, and other guests submit themselves to shows like Williams'? What do they get out of their appearances? Do you think they know what they're in for?