In Wendy Williams’ eyes, the folks at “Dancing With the Stars” are guilty of deception in light of the daytime talk show host alleging the popular dance competition has a hand in directing what competitors say.
“When they put you in the room and you have to talk to the camera about your experience — you know, the one-on-one with the camera — I was letting people know that they script what you say,” Williams explained to Carson Daly during an appearance on the “Today” show Thursday to promote her new romance novel, “Hold Me in Contempt.”
Williams’ claims aren’t the first to be made against “DWTS” regarding some type of trickery.
In 2012, former contestant Hope Solo accused the long-running reality show of rigging. In her memoir, the soccer star claimed that after a “secret memo” went around saying she and partner Maksim Chmerkovskiy were going to be eliminated, drama with the judges was created by Chmerkovskiy so producers would keep the pair in the competition.
Fakery took center stage this season after “Real Housewives of Atlanta” star Nene Leakes, generated some drama as she walked out of rehearsal in a huff on Monday’s episode.
The clip fueled talk from Williams, who addressed the situation on “The Wendy Williams Show” the next day. “They also script what they want you to say,” the former “DWTS” competitor said. “I know this as a participant, OK. I’m reading, I’m like, ‘Wait, this is not how I’m feeling today, and I wouldn’t say that. I’m not going to say that,’ I would tell the camera.”
Although she was eliminated in the second week, Williams realized that if she had given “a little bit more sassafras,” she would’ve been in the competition longer. “Because that’s how they were writing my script, to be Angry Black Woman,” she said while offering a but of advice for Leakes.
“And all I’m going to say, NeNe, don’t let them pull you out of your character. … Don’t let them do that to you,” the talk-show host added.
At this time, ABC has not yet commented on the situation.
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