Wendy Williams seen in native NYC amid controversy over her remarks on late TikTok star Swavy

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What did Wendy Williams say about Swavy?

“I have no idea who this person is,” Williams said of Swavy. “Neither does one person in this building.” The News JournalSwavy's brother on Wendy Williams: She's 'always been a messy person'

By Heather Waugh and Adam S. Levy For Dailymail.com

Wendy Williams seen Monday in her native New York City amid a controversy linked to her remarks about at the death of TikTok star Swavy, whose family has demanded the talk show host apologize for her remarks.

In a Hot Topics segment earlier this month, Williams reported the news of the social media star's murder at the age of 19, saying, 'I have no idea who this person is... neither does one person in this building.'

Williams, 56, donned a varsity style New York Yankees jacket over a white top with dark blue denim shorts, rounding out the ensemble with white sneakers.   

The latest: Wendy Williams, 56, was seen Monday in her native New York City amid a controversy linked to her remarks about at the death of TikTok star Swavy, whose family has demanded the talk show host apologize for her remarks

She wore her blonde mane down and parted, and a medical face mask as she stepped out amid the ongoing pandemic. 

The TV host has dealt with backlash online over what viewers dubbed a 'classless' and 'hateful' segment about Swavy, whose real name was Matima Miller.

The rising influencer was only 19 when he died July 5 after he was fatally shot in Wilmington, Delaware.

His relatives called on the talk show host to apologize for her ill-received remarks about the late influencer. 

Summer style: Williams donned a varsity style New York Yankees jacket over a white top with dark blue denim shorts

On the move: The media star wore her blonde mane down and parted, and a medical face mask as she stepped out amid the ongoing pandemic 

Miller's mom Chanell Clark and older brother Rahkim Clark spoke to TMZ Sunday, expressing their hurt at how Williams dealt with the sensitive subject.

'As a black woman and as a black mother, you didn't have any empathy at all,' Rahkim said. He also hit out at the talk show host for not getting the facts right and painting Miller as a 'thug' and someone 'trying to be in the streets'.

Miller's mom Clark then talked about the harrowing experience of watching her son die and how it 'mentally messes you up.'

The mother and brother of Swavy - real name Matima Miller - have hit out at Wendy Williams after her 'hateful' reporting on his death last week

Miller's mom Chanell Clark and older brother Rahkim Clark spoke to TMZ, expressing their hurt about how Williams dealt with the sensitive subject

'Wendy Williams as a mother, how do you put a child out there like that. Nobody knew him like that.' Chanell said before demanding an apology from Wendy

She said, 'Wendy Williams as a mother, how do you put a child out there like that. Nobody knew him like that ... my son shouldn't have been shot down in the street like that for someone to recognize who he is... I deserve an apology. 

'But at this point, I'm so pissed off... because you did him like like... I'm looking for an apology. I do want an apology. But at the same time, I'm pissed with Wendy.'

'Classless': It follows backlash online against the TV host for her 'classless' and 'hateful' segment during her show last week, mocking the rising influencer before talking about his murder

'I have no idea who this person is': Wendy Williams has sparked outrage after leading a segment discussing the death of TikTok star Matima Miller by insisting she had no idea who he was

Tragedy: Matima Miller, pictured, passed away at age 19 during a daylight shooting earlier this week

'I have no idea who this person is... neither does one person in this building,' Williams started off the segment, before asking the audience to clap if they knew who he was.

After just a small handful of people responded with applause, she continued: 'Well, he's a TikTok star. He's got more followers than me - 2.5 million!'

Her producer, Norman Baker clarified, 'On Tik Tok, but on Instagram you have more followers!' earning cheers and applause from the audience.

Williams said, 'Well, as my son Kevin would say, no one uses Instagram anymore. And 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, 'Here he is,' she said, presenting a photo of the late social media star on her screen. 

'He's got more followers than me': Williams was surprised to see the 19-year-old had more TikTok followers than her 

'You have more followers!' Producer Norman Baker stepped in to tell Wendy she had more followers on Instagram than Matima 

Hateful: Williams was slammed online for treating the teen's death like 'funny gossip'

Outraged: Viewers took to Twitter to air their grievances with Wendy following her segment 

After a pause and some laughter from the audience, she continued: 'He's 19, and he was murdered Monday morning,' to which the audience groaned in response to the news.

The manner of the reporting did not sit well with many fans, who took to Twitter to air their grievances with Wendy.

'She is so hateful. Like, she basically treated the announcement of his death like it was funny gossip. Why disparage him? Why even talk about him at all if you and your audience are that removed from even knowing who he is?' one person wrote. 

'Did she really need to look him up and down like that before breaking the news that he was murdered? Like she's the only one who knew where this was going and she still chose to sprinkle a little nasty on it first,' @ClassActKelz tweeted.

'Lemme just say sum bc yall really out here being stupid, it is NEVER OKAY to joke about someone's death. You are just hurting people and being so disgusting and disrespectful more than you are making people laugh,' @poblibioxmulti tweeted.

'I'm still not over Wendy Williams horrible journalism like wow. Prayers up to the family of that young man!' @BG_THEGREAT tweeted.

'So, admittedly I've never heard of Swavy. But clearly he was well respected in the TikTok community & it sucks that his life was taken at such a young age. But Wendy Williams/crew starting off by saying how much more famous she is on Instagram & THEN following up on his death??' @ken10drawsstuff tweeted, along with a GIF from Orange Is The New Black with the line, 'That's mad disrespect right there.

Another user wrote: 'Y'all seen that video of wendy williams talking on that tiktok star wavy's death? it's so gross.'

The segment occurred just days after the death of social media sensation Matima, who went by Babyface.S on TikTok and posted dance videos and meme skits to his millions of followers.

Police were called to a shooting at the 700 block of Elbert Place in the Southbridge neighborhood of Wilmington at about 10:42 a.m. July 5. Miller was found with a gunshot wound and was rushed to hospital, where he died from his injuries.

The Wilmington Police Department says it remains to investigate the incident, People reported Monday.

Swavy's family said on Instagram they 'working diligently to get justice for' the late social media star.

The family has set a GoFundMe up for funeral expenses, having garnered more than $23,900 of its $30,000 goal.

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Swavy's Family Demand Apology From Wendy Williams

ET Canada 13 July, 2021 - 07:47am

'He Is A Star': Family Seeks Justice After Beloved TikTok Star Is Shot To Death; Wendy Williams Blasted For Response

Yahoo Entertainment 13 July, 2021 - 07:47am

On Wednesday's episode of “The Wendy Williams Show,” she stated "I have no idea who this is” before noting that he has more TikTok followers than her.

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Late Rapper's Mom Slams Wendy Williams for "Disrespectful" Segment on TikToker’s Death

E! NEWS 13 July, 2021 - 07:47am

TikTok user Matima Miller, also known as Swavy, died in a "senseless act of gun violence" in Delaware on Monday, July 5 at the age of 19, according to an Instagram message posted by his family.

In a segment about the influencer, Wendy caused controversy over her response to his death by saying on her show later that week, "I have no idea who this is... Neither does one person in this building." Wendy went on to say that Swavy has "more followers than me" on TikTok, although Wendy pointed out that she has more Instagram followers.

On Saturday, July 10, Matima's mother, Chanelle Clark, told CBS Philly that the talk show host's segment about him was "so disrespectful" and that she was hurt because Wendy made her comments without having been acquainted with him.  

"Look at my eyes and stuff," Chanelle said. "Y'all, as a mother—Wendy Williams, how dare you? So disrespectful. I used to watch you as a child and even though you have a gossip show and all that, you didn't even know my son."

In a GoFundMe account posted last week, Matima's brother Rahkim Clark shared a message asking for support in light of the tragedy.

"As we deal with this heartbreak, we ask for your support in ensuring our son, brother, nephew, cousin and friend has a legendary home going ceremony," the message read. "We pray that you will continue to support our family through this difficult time."

Wendy has yet to respond publicly to Chanelle's comments. 

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Swavy's family demand an apology from Wendy Williams after 'classless' segment

Daily Mail 13 July, 2021 - 07:47am

By Heather Waugh For Dailymail.com

The family of social media star Swavy are demanding an apology from Wendy Williams over how she reported on his death. 

It follows backlash online against the TV host for a 'classless' and 'hateful' segment during her show last week, mocking the rising influencer before talking about his murder.

TikTok star Swavy, real name Matima Miller, died last Monday after being shot in Delaware. He was 19.

The mother and brother of Swavy - real name Matima Miller - have hit out at Wendy Williams after her 'hateful' reporting on his death last week

Miller's mom Chanell Clark and older brother Rahkim Clark spoke to TMZ, expressing their hurt at how Williams dealt with the sensitive subject.

'As a black woman and as a black mother, you didn't have any empathy at all,' Rahkim said. 

Rahkim also hit out at the talk show host for not getting the facts right and painting Miller as a 'thug' and someone 'trying to be in the streets'.

Miller's mom then talked about the harrowing experience of watching her son die and how it 'mentally messes you up'. 

Miller's mom Chanell Clark and older brother Rahkim Clark spoke to TMZ , expressing their hurt about how Williams dealt with the sensitive subject

'Wendy Williams as a mother, how do you put a child out there like that. Nobody knew him like that.' Chanell said before demanding an apology from Wendy

'Wendy Williams as a mother, how do you put a child out there like that. Nobody knew him like that... My son shouldn't have been shot down in the street like that for someone to recognize who he is... I deserve an apology. 

'But at this point, I'm so pissed off... because you did him like like... I'm looking for an apology. I do want an apology. But at the same time, I'm pissed with Wendy.'

'Classless': It follows backlash online against the TV host for her 'classless' and 'hateful' segment during her show last week, mocking the rising influencer before talking about his murder

'I have no idea who this person is': Wendy Williams has sparked outrage after leading a segment discussing the death of TikTok star Matima Miller by insisting she had no idea who he was

'I have no idea who this person is... neither does one person in this building,' Williams started off the segment, before asking the audience to clap if they knew who he was.

After just a small handful of people responded with applause, she continued: 'Well, he's a TikTok star. He's got more followers than me. 2.5 million!'

'On Tik Tok, but on Instagram you have more followers!' her producer, Norman Baker, clarified, earning cheers and applause from the audience.

'Well, as my son Kevin would say, no one uses Instagram anymore. And 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. So, here he is,' she said, gazing at a photo of the social media star on her screen.  

Tragedy: Matima Miller, pictured, passed away at age 19 during a daylight shooting earlier this week

'You have more followers!' Producer Norman Baker stepped in to tell Wendy she had more followers on Instagram than Matima 

'He's got more followers than me': Williams was surprised to see the 19-year-old had more TikTok followers than her 

Hateful: Williams was slammed online for treating the teen's death like 'funny gossip'

Outraged: Viewers took to Twitter to air their grievances with Wendy following her segment 

After a pause and some laughter from the audience, she continued: 'He's 19, and he was murdered Monday morning.' The audience groaned in response to the news.

The manner of the reporting did not sit well with many fans, who took to Twitter to air their grievances with Wendy.

'She is so hateful. Like, she basically treated the announcement of his death like it was funny gossip. Why disparage him? Why even talk about him at all if you and your audience are that removed from even knowing who he is?' one person wrote. 

'Did she really need to look him up and down like that before breaking the news that he was murdered? Like she's the only one who knew where this was going and she still chose to sprinkle a little nasty on it first,' @ClassActKelz tweeted.

'Lemme just say sum bc yall really out here being stupid, it is NEVER OKAY to joke about someone's death. You are just hurting people and being so disgusting and disrespectful more than you are making people laugh,' @poblibioxmulti tweeted.

'I'm still not over Wendy Williams horrible journalism like wow. Prayers up to the family of that young man!' @BG_THEGREAT tweeted.

'So, admittedly I've never heard of Swavy. But clearly he was well respected in the TikTok community & it sucks that his life was taken at such a young age. But Wendy Williams/crew starting off by saying how much more famous she is on Instagram & THEN following up on his death??' @ken10drawsstuff tweeted, along with a GIF from Orange Is The New Black with the line, 'That's mad disrespect right there.

'y'all seen that video of wendy williams talking on that tiktok star wavy's death? it's so gross,' @mariamshawngela tweeted.

The segment occurred just days after the death of social media sensation Matima, who went by Babyface.S on TikTok and posted dance videos and meme skits to his millions of followers.

Police were called to a shooting at the 700 block of Elbert Place in the Southbridge neighborhood of Wilmington at about 10:42 am Monday morning.

Miller was found with a gunshot wound and was rushed to hospital where he died from his injuries.

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Mother of Slain TikTok Star Swavy Slams Wendy Williams' 'Disrespectful' Discussion About His Death

Yahoo Entertainment 13 July, 2021 - 07:47am

The mother of slain TikTok star Swavy is calling out Wendy Williams for her "disrespectful" coverage of the 19-year-old's death.

Swavy, born Matima Miller, died of his injuries on July 5 following a shooting in Wilmington, Delaware, according to police.

His mother, Chanelle Clark, told CBS3 on Saturday that she was still reeling from his murder, saying, "I'm mentally going through it because I seen it. I seen my son shot down in the street like that."

Clark went on to slam Williams, 56, for the comments she made about Swavy when she shared news about his slaying on a recent episode of her morning talk show.

"Look at my eyes and stuff. Y'all, like as a mother, Wendy Williams, how dare you? So disrespectful," Clark said. "I used to watch you as a child and even though you have a gossip show and all that, you didn't even know my son."

A representative for Williams did not respond to PEOPLE's request for comment.

Swavy — who had a huge following on both TikTok, under the handle @babyface.s, and on Instagram — was known for his dance routines in public spaces.

On Wednesday's episode of The Wendy Williams Show, Williams commented that she had "no idea" who Swavy was in a segment about his death. She also compared their social media followings during her coverage.

"I have no idea who this is," Williams began. "Neither does one person in this building."

After asking her audience to clap if they had heard of Swavy, the TV personality said, "He's a TikTok star. He's got more followers than me — 2.5 million."

Williams then explained that she doesn't use TikTok before sharing news that Swavy had been murdered.

"Aw, all those followers," she said. "Yeah, that's really tragic."

After the broadcast, many viewers expressed their shock on social media at how Williams covered Swavy's death. Williams' name began trending on Twitter on Friday after a clip of the segment went viral.

A spokesperson for the Wilmington Police Department previously told PEOPLE that an investigation into the fatal shooting is ongoing. Wilmington police had no further comment when reached by PEOPLE for comment Monday.

In a statement released last week, the late dancer's family said they are "working diligently to get justice for Swavy."

"This is just the beginning, we will forever keep his name alive and continue his legacy!" their statement read in part. "The impact he had on others remains unmatched."

In the wake of Swavy's death, this family has set up a GoFundMe campaign to cover funeral costs. As of Monday, it has raised over $23,900.

After Wendy Williams' TV segment about late 19-year-old TikToker Swavy, his mom criticized the talk show host for her "disrespectful" comments.

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Wendy Williams should apologize for segment on TikToker Swavy, family says

TheGrio 13 July, 2021 - 07:47am

On Wednesday, Williams talked about Swavy’s July 5 shooting death in Wilmington, Delaware on the “Hot Topics” segment of The Wendy Williams Show, and said, in part, “I have no idea who this is. Neither does one person in this building.” 

She went on to talk about the scores of social media followers the 19-year-old — born Matima Miller — had before confirming he had been killed. 

Swavy’s brother, Rahkim Clark, said of the embattled Williams that “Wendy has always been a messy person.”

“That’s what her life consists of, this gossip and reporting stories,” Clark told TMZ, “but this is not just any other story. This is not a highlight; this is not a hot topic, this is our real life — like, we’re dealing with this in reality. So for her to speak on the events surrounding my brother’s death before she reached out to our family … she didn’t send condolences. She didn’t even report the right story.”

“It’s one thing to take public knowledge and put it out there, but you gave a false narrative,” Clark continued. “You gave a false story; you painted him as a thug, as a drug dealer, as someone that was out here trying to be in the streets or anything like that. That wasn’t the type of person that he was.” 

“As a Black woman, as a Black mother,” Clark added, “you didn’t have any empathy at all for my family.”

Williams’ brutal delivery of Miller’s death was widely criticized on social media. Bishop Talbert Swan shared the clip, writing, “A 19 yr old Black man, Matima Miller, better known as ‘Swavy’ by millions of social media followers, was murdered and @WendyWilliams thought it was ok to make fun of him. Wendy, may you reap everything that you have sown.” 

Another user was harsher, asserting, “Wendy Williams treating Swavy the way she did on live television is really on-brand for her. What a f***ing weirdo.”

Miller’s mother cried as she told TMZ she asked God why she saw Williams’ reporting of her son’s death. 

“To see something like that as a mother, mentally messes you up,” Chanell Clark contended. “This just hurt. Wendy Williams, how — as a mother — how do you put a child out there like that? Nobody knew him like that.”

“I’m looking for an apology,” she said. “I do want an apology but at the same time, I’m pissed with Wendy.”

His family has launched a GoFundMe Miller memorial page and is seeking justice for the 19-year-old, calling his death a “senseless act of gun violence.” 

Family of murdered TikTok star Swavy demand apology from Wendy Williams

Toronto Sun 13 July, 2021 - 07:47am

The family of murdered 19-year-old TikTok star Swavy have demanded an apology from TV host Wendy Williams.

The veteran broadcaster addressed the killing of the social media star during the Hot Topic segment on an episode of The Wendy Williams Show on July 7. Showing Swavy’s picture, Wendy began by saying: “I have no idea who this is. Neither does one person in this building… He’s a TikTok star, and he’s got more followers than me: 2.5 million.”

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

She then continued to reveal Swavy’s murder – with her blank method of delivery and the entire segment deemed insensitive and offensive by many viewers.

“Swavy is now dead. Ah, all those followers. Yeah, that’s really tragic, only 19 years old,” she said.

Now Swavy’s mom Chanell Clark and older sibling Rahkim Clark have demanded an apology from Williams.

“Wendy has always been a messy person,” Rahkim said.”This is not just any other story, this is not a highlight, this is not a hot topic, this is our real life.”

“I’m so pissed off, because you did him like that,” Chanell said as she tried to fight back her tears. “I’m looking for an apology, I do want an apology.”

Swavy, real name Matima Miller, was shot and killed in Delaware on July 5.

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Family of Slain TikToker Swavy Wants Wendy Williams to Apologize for Insensitive Remarks

balleralert.com 13 July, 2021 - 07:47am

Wendy Williams has found herself in the hot seat once again. This time around, she made some insensitive comments about TikTok star Swavy, who was recently murdered.

During an episode of “The Wendy Williams Show,” the host made light of his murder and painted him in a bad light, and now Swavy’s mother and brother say she needs to apologize.

They feel Williams disrespected Swavy, TMZ reported. The outlet spoke with the mother, Chanell Clark, and Swavy’s brother Rahkim Clark on the issue. They had a problem with how Williams compared Swavy’s social media following to her own and said she used an unflattering picture of him when introducing him to the audience.

After the awkward introduction, she finally revealed to the audience that he had been killed.

Swavy’s family isn’t the only one upset over Williams’ antics. Others who watched the segment were also outraged by her comments on such a sensitive topic.

Swavy’s mother witnessed him getting shot in Delaware on Monday and was there with him as he took his last breaths.

The family rightfully wants an apology from the controversial host. Wendy has yet to respond to the backlash.

THIS SHOULD’VE STAYED IN YOUR DRAFTS: Wendy Williams getting massive backlash for her nasty comments about late TikToker Swavy, who was murdered just a few days ago. Wendy makes fun of Swavy’s appearance and compares her follower count to his. Swavy was 19. pic.twitter.com/KiElk63kzQ

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Wendy Williams Gets Slammed By Mom Of Murdered TikTok Star Swavy Over Cold Commentary, “How Dare You?!”

Bossip 13 July, 2021 - 07:47am

A viral clip of Wendy Williams being oddly disconnected while delivering tragic news on her daytime talk show made headlines last week. Viewers were disgusted with her inappropriate commentary regarding 19-year-old TikTok star Matima ‘Swavy’ Miller’s death — and now Swavy’s mother has spoken out.

Swavy’s grieving mom Chanelle Clark spoke with CBS Philly about her son’s sudden loss of life and how she felt defensive about Wendy’s “disrespectful” coverage of the story. Ms. Clark added that she’s especially hurt because she witnessed her son’s murder.

“Look at my eyes and stuff. Y’all, like as a mother, Wendy Williams, how dare you? So disrespectful. I used to watch you as a child and even though you have a gossip show and all that, you didn’t even know my son,” Swavy’s mother, Chanelle Clark told CBS Philly.

“I’m mentally going through it because I seen it. I seen my son shot down in the street like that,” Clark added. “Y’all don’t know what I’m going through.”

Swavy’s family is still seeking justice following the tragedy that took place last Monday around 11 a.m. in Wilmington, Delaware.

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