Wendy Williams Makes Viewers Cringe Reporting on Death of TikTok Star Swavy

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How did Tiktok star Swavy die?

According to the Wilmington Police Department, Swavy, who was known on TikTok for his dances and memes, was the victim of a shooting incident on Monday morning. He was transported to the hospital, where he later died. Entertainment TonightWendy Williams Sparks Backlash for Segment on TikTok Star Swavy’s Death

Wendy Williams Is Being Blasted Online After A Bizarre Segment About A Dead TikTok Star

BuzzFeed News 09 July, 2021 - 08:41pm

“I have no idea who this person is [and] neither does one person in this building."

By Ade Onibada

Posted on July 9, 2021, at 12:29 p.m. ET

The talk show host was branded “offensive” and “abhorrent” for her remarks during her "Hot Topics" segment, where she discussed Swavy’s large TikTok audience and then casually announced to her audience that he had been murdered.

“Wait. This was how she chose to lead the segment talking about this young man’s death? We all know Wendy to be messy and with the shits, but this wasn't cool at all,” wrote one Twitter user.

To introduce the segment, the 56-year-old instructed her studio audience to “clap” if they had heard of the 19-year-old content creator.

“I have no idea who this person is [and] neither does one person in this building,” said Williams.

“He’s a TikTok star and he’s got more followers than me: 2.5 million,” she added, appearing unimpressed.

Producer Norman Baker quickly chimed in from behind a camera to boost her ego by informing Williams that she had a bigger following on Instagram, which Williams shut down.

“Well, as my son Kevin would say, no one uses Instagram anymore. As far as TikTok, I don't use that at all. I don't know what that is, I don't want to be involved," she said.

Williams, appearing disengaged, proceeded to recant details surrounding Miller’s death.

Miller was fatally shot this past Monday in Delaware, as reported by the BBC. His death was confirmed by his family in an announcement to fans online along with a commitment to ensure that justice would be served in catching his killer.

“Swavy is now dead. Ah, all those followers. Yeah that's really tragic, only 19 years old,” concluded Williams before switching gears to discuss another story.

*wendy williams showing up at the white house after leaving ford's theatre* “okay, clap if you’ve heard of abraham lincoln.”

(Wendy Williams showing up at your door with a folded American flag) “Ok clap if you’ve heard of your son.”

The Wendy Williams Show (season 1) original air date: Nov 23rd, 1963

Wendy Williams December 8 1941: clap if you’ve heard of Pearl Harbor.. https://t.co/9CXF0DLT8r

What will it take to get Wendy Williams off television? Seriously; what?

When will the Wendy Williams show be canceled?

I know Wendy Williams is mad disrespectful and often unhinged historically, but that was…. She should really get on the phone with that young man’s family and apologize like yesterday!

@AlexTMcNair I'll admit I wasn't familiar with Swavy before watching this. That being said, this young man was murdered and all she cared about was him having more followers on TikTok. This was classless by Wendy Williams. There's a lot of hate going on within her.

The way Wendy Williams introduced that story about that TikTok star's passing was offensive. I swear she still thinks she is on the radio with the way she discusses the news. She has always had a very dark spirit.

That Wendy Williams clip is pretty hard to take. The callousness on display is... a lot. Even for Wendy Williams.

Every other week y’all get mad at Wendy Williams for being Wendy Williams.

Me pretending to be shocked when @WendyWilliams displays yet even more abhorrent and tasteless behaviour.

@JUSPRA1 @AlexTMcNair @WendyWilliams Don’t take it personal, I think Wendy just had a very weird delivery. She announced the passing of her own mother in a similar way

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Wendy Williams Sparks Backlash for Awkward Segment on TikTok Star Swavy’s Death

Yahoo Entertainment 09 July, 2021 - 08:41pm

On Wednesday, the daytime talk show host introduced a segment on 19-year-old TikTok star Swavy’s death by complaining that he had more TikTok followers than she does, but noting he didn’t eclipse her on Instagram.

“I have no idea who this is. Neither does Norman. Neither does one person in this building,” she said before commanding her audience to clap.

When a light smattering of applause broke out, she amended her instructions: “Clap if you know who Swavy is.”

The clapping stopped, which is when Williams moved on to a minute-long discussion of the social media following of the digital star, also known as Matima Miller. She didn’t appear impressed that her Instagram had more followers than his, noting that her son believes no one uses that app anymore. Finally, after about 57 seconds of discussion of her own social media stats, Williams turned to a photo of the young dancer and said matter-of-factly, “Here he is. He’s 19 and he was murdered Monday morning.”

Her in-studio audience attendees gasped behind their masks.

A clip of the moment was posted to Twitter Wednesday but really started getting attention Thursday. By Friday morning, Williams was a trending topic on the site as viewers expressed their disbelief over her handling of the segment.

“I have watched soooo many hours of Wendy Williams and for the life of me I can never predict when she does something like this,” said writer Sarah Hagi.

“Don’t know what I thought was gonna happen here but it’s so far past what I thought was gonna happen here,” said Vice’s Trey Smith, who added Williams “does not have a chance at seeing the gates of heaven.”

There were numerous calls to cancel Williams, whose show is in its 13th season.

A representative for the program did not immediately respond to a request for comment.

y’all please watch this 😭 pic.twitter.com/eW2SX9EBKp

— Alex (@AlexTMcNair) July 8, 2021

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Wendy Williams Gets Backlash For Comments About Social Media Star Swavy

BET 09 July, 2021 - 08:23pm

RELATED: TikTok Star Swavy Dies In Fatal Shooting

See the moment below, which is around the 13:00 mark:

The family released the following statement on Instagram, “He was taken away from us due to a senseless act of gun violence. Unfortunately, due to legality we are not able to provide much information on the events surrounding his passing.” 

Police are currently investigating, according to a statement from the Wilmington Police Department.  

The way Wendy Williams introduced that story about that TikTok star's passing was offensive. I swear she still thinks she is on the radio with the way she discusses the news. She has always had a very dark spirit.

Swavy’s family needa sue Wendy Williams’ ass spreading false rumors about him & saying he’s a “gang member”. He ain’t do shit but make tiktoks & meet up with people from tiktok

Not @WendyWilliams disrespecting Swavy on her show atp just cancel the whole damn thing ! pic.twitter.com/jYwG7vxzw9

What did Wendy Williams say about Swavy?

The Sun 09 July, 2021 - 03:48pm

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WENDY Williams was ripped on social media after her controversial comments about 19-year-old TikTok star Swavy.

The 19-year-old TikTok sensation was killed on Monday, July 5, in Wilmington, Delaware.

On her talk show, the 56-year-old host joked around with the audience about him – his online presence and appearance – for a while before revealing he was killed.

Williams, instead of getting right to the heart of the topic, starts off her segment on Swavy by saying how she has “no idea who this person is” and neither does “one person in this building.”

She then put up a photo of the TikToker and asked her audience if anyone knew of him and told them to “clap” if they did.

Only a select few audience members did, and then she asked DJ Suss, and he told her: “It’s not my cup of tea that I got going on right now,” before he chuckled and the audience chuckled.

Williams then added a few more details about him, but only to say that he’s a TikTok star and “has more followers than me, 2.5million.”

Her producer clarified that he had more TikTok followers but she has more Instagram followers, leading the whole crowd to clap for her.

“As far as TikTok, I don’t use that, at all,” Williams said. “I don’t know what that is, I don’t want to be involved.”

After everyone laughed some more, the longtime host pointed up to the image of Swavy again, said, “Here he is,” and proceeded to look him up and down multiple times, as if she’s “making fun” of how he looks, making the audience laugh again.

Finally, she got to the news aspect, telling everyone: “He’s 19, and he was murdered Monday morning.”

The whole crowd was shocked, gasping, making sounds of sadness, as many likely didn’t expect that, just as those watching at home did not.

After Williams allegedly used the TikToker's passing to "coax laughter" from her audience, social media users are furious.

Viewers blasted Williams over her “disrespectful,” “classless,” and “abhorrent” segment on Swavy, with some calling for the end of The Wendy Williams Show.

One angered fan tweeted after watching a video of it all: “This can’t be real. What was the point in bringing him up? She did all that to bring up unfortunate news of a 19 yo. 

“Like she’s so distasteful inside and out. And I do pray for her peace cause shawty really need it.”

Another wrote: “I’ll admit I wasn't familiar with Swavy before watching this. That being said, this young man was murdered and all she cared about was him having more followers on TikTok.

“This was classless by Wendy Williams. There's a lot of hate going on within her.”

A third upset viewer said: “This young man was murdered and Wendy Williams makes jokes Disgusting.”

“We all know Wendy to be messy and with the s – – ts, but this wasn’t cool at all,” another disappointed fan chimed in.

“I don’t know this man, but may he rest in peace. I’m sorry his friends and family had to see this. Wow…”

On July 5, a friend of Swavy's, Damaury Mikula, first confirmed his death.

In a YouTube video titled “Rest up Bro,” he revealed that he was shot, saying: “He got shot and I just want to let you all know that I’m about to take over for that ****. All he did was make videos bro. He is real as hell.”

Swavy, whose real name is Matima Miller, was reportedly found with a gunshot wound and was taken to hospital, where he passed away.

His devastated family confirmed the news in a statement on his Instagram page, sharing a snap with fans.

"On the behalf of our family, we would like to say thank you for the continued support and love for Matima Miller also known as Swavy or Babyface," the message began.

"It is with great sadness that we announce Swavy’s passing on 07/05/2021. He was taken away from us due to a senseless act of gun violence.

"This is just the beginning, we will forever keep his name alive and continue his legacy!

"The impact he had on others remains unmatched 100 out of respect for our family we ask that you please refrain from reporting false or unconfirmed information about Swavy."

Wendy Williams Comes Under Fire for Segment on TikTok Star Swavy's Death - E! Online

E! NEWS 09 July, 2021 - 03:05pm

After her producer, Norman, noted that Swavy had more followers than the host on TikTok instead of Instagram, she answered, "Well, as my son Kevin would say, no one uses Instagram anymore."

"As far as TikTok, I don't use that at all," she continued. "I don't know what that is. I don't want to be involved." She then concluded the segment, adding, "Here he is. He's 19 and he was murdered Monday morning."

Although a clip of the segment was shared to Twitter that same day, the moment went viral on July 8, with users expressing their distaste over her commentary throughout the segment. One person tweeted, "I have watched soooo many hours of Wendy Williams and for the life of me I can never predict when she does something like this."

Another user wrote, "Wendy Williams brings up Swavy's death in the most unexpected and disrespectful way imaginable. Disgusting Wendy."

The incident remains under investigation, police said.

Wendy has not addressed the backlash publicly. E! News reached out to her team for comment.

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Wendy, How You Really Doin'…Reporting on Someone’s Death This Way?

The Root 09 July, 2021 - 08:30am

That’s BBC’s reporting. Wendy Williams reported it...a tad differently. *stares into camera*

It’s one thing to chuckle about a quirky blip or several throughout Williams’ wildly chaotic show—but this is someone’s life here. And shame on the producers for constantly exploiting this type of coverage, as this isn’t the first time Wendy has trended on Twitter for something like this. This past December, she announced her own mother Shirley Williams’ death in a similarly bizarre way.

Of course, Twitter is fed the fuck up with Wendy’s shenanigans.

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