Laughter is the Best Medicine

Monday, November 18

Live from New York City. It’s the “Wendy Williams Show”. ♪ Oh, yeah ♪ ♪ Feel, feel, feel it ♪ ♪ Feel, feel it, it, feel it ♪ ♪ Feel it, feel it, feel it ♪ ♪ Let’s go, come on, you need it ♪ ♪ How you doin’ ♪ How you doin’? Now here’s Wendy! (audience cheers)
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(Wendy laughs) How you doin’? How you doin’? I’m doin’ okay, let’s get started. It’s time for. Hot Topics! Yeah. (upbeat rhythmic music)
(audience cheers) Yeah. So.
We love you! I love you more, thank you for being here. So on Friday, I’m minding my own business, thank you, and I get a telephone call from Jerry O’Connell. (audience exclaims) And Jerry’s telling me he’s in town until Sunday. But my weekend is already mapped out, mine. He’s just a pop-in circumstance. I’m like, oh my gosh, how you entertain an out-of-town friend? I said, “Okay. “Huh?” He goes to me, “Do you want me to bring you some Taco Bell?” ‘Cause he knows I love the Taco Bell. (audience laughs) Last time he came over my apartment, he brought me the Taco Bell and we had a really great time. So I was like, “No. “What are you doing here?” (audience laughs)
And so (laughs). Meantime, he grew up in New York. So it’s more like Wendy, what are you doing there? (audience laughs) Well, Jerry, if you read the headlines, you know why. Anyway, so then he goes, “Do you wanna go to BravoCon?” (audience exclaims) Now wait, hold on, ’cause I was like, “What?” (audience laughs) I didn’t even know about a Bravo or a Con. (audience laughs) And I’m like, okay, wow, this sounds really exciting, except then I need to call hair, makeup, wardrobe, car, security.
(audience laughs) No, it’s too involved, I’m not on Andy’s payroll, I’m not going. (audience laughs) I can’t. Suzanne, you know what I’m saying. Yes, I know what you’re saying. That would’ve been a whole. I would’ve loved to have hung out with Jerry. Yup, I saw video of him there. He was loving it.
Oh, really? Oh my God, it was interactive and he was dancing and going nuts. It would’ve been a lot. For a last-minute telephone call.
Yeah, too much, too much. I love him.
I love him too. But my weekend was already planned.
Yes, yes. With rest in between.
Yes, no, there’s no time. No, you gotta rest.
I couldn’t, Jer, I couldn’t. But, all right. So by the way, they announced at BravoCon the next franchise is gonna be the “Real Housewives of Salt Lake City”. (audience members cheer) (audience members laugh) Clap if you care. (audience members laugh) Clap if you care. (audience members applaud) All right. Well that should be a hit. (audience laughs) I was wondering, still, where is Real Housewives of Chicago? Yeah!
Okay. (audience applauds) ‘Cause I love Chicago, Chicago girls get down. There’s a lot of money, good food, probably real good fights. You know what I’m saying? And scenic, you got the beach and the city, all in one hotel room. All right, so then I turn on the “Real Housewives of Atlanta” last night ’cause NeNe’s back. (audience cheers) I’ve been watching. I watched the first couple, I wasn’t really enthused. I do miss the Nenes, and so Nenes was back last night. She was nice and she was calm and everything was lovely. The thing that stuck me though, was not the Nenes being back, but the mean being sprung by Marc on Kenya. Kenya, he doesn’t want you. And Kenya girl, girl, girl. (audience laughs) And he’s got the nerve to talk like this in front of a greasy Bravo camera for us all to see. So, Marc is more interested in spending time with his daughter, which, okay. New dad, although he does have a couple of other kids out there. But. Just take a look. I know your birthday is coming up. So what do we need to do to get a nanny? Maybe for a couple of days. Brooklyn’s not coming with us? For my birthday, Brooklyn rolls with me. You go with me on my birthday, baby. So you wanna take her on your birthday trip?
Yeah. Of course, of course. That’s actually the first birthday since, it’s my first birthday with you. But if we wanna go to dinner and just have some alone time then how do we do that if she comes? You mean you and I alone? Yes.
(laughs) Without you? Nah, you number one. I’m supposed to be number one. What? Who’s number one, me or Brooklyn, hm? (audience exclaims) Okay. Okay, let’s break it down together. (audience laughs) In my opinion as a mother, the kid is always number one. (audience cheers) That to me is not even a question. Selfish Kenya, selfish Kenya. You will never be number one to Marc, it will always be Brooklyn, but that’s how it’s supposed to be. Even if you love your husband and you love your wife. You understand what I’m saying, sir with the hands over there. How you doin’? How you doin’?
Yes. Yeah, you’re always supposed to have your kids as number one. If you don’t feel that way about your kids, then there’s something wrong with you. (audience applauds) Number two, Kenya, this man doesn’t want you. Your gorgeousness, your smartness, your ability to turn the world on with your infectious laughter, that beautiful baby. He only cares about himself. That’s why he didn’t wanna go away, a one-on-one romantical vacation for your birthday? Even though you have the one-year-old, you leave the one-year-old with family. There’s always a place to put a one-year-old, they won’t remember. (audience laughs) And then you go off someplace exotic. You have the best time with your spouse or your boyfriend or however you have your children. Your surrogate, or whatever you do. (audience laughs)
I don’t know. (laughs) One wrong word. (audience laughs) I wanted to give the fist to former Mayor Bloomberg so bad this morning. Stop-and-frisk and now he’s backing down. There’s just a lot going on right here in New York, but he wants to be your president, allegedly he’s running. He’s allegedly running.
Okay, well, okay, now. Okay. I don’t even wanna waste Cory Booker’s time when he comes out here asking him about that. I just wanna get to the bottom of Cory, ’cause Cory also wants to be president. I just feel like– (audience cheers) But here’s my thing, about all these people running, ’cause I’m watching George yesterday, you watch George like I watch George? I’m up, I’m with the cats, I’m watching George, it’s my usual Sunday routine. And I’m looking, I’m thinking there are so many candidates. I’m confused, are you confused? Clap if you’re confused. (audience applauds) I feel like some of these people are not presidential, but they are good Cabinet workers, they’re good congressmen, they’re good senators, they’re good governors. And they need to stop running for president. What they need to do is get behind a particular candidate to try to sway our vote, Norman.
Absolutely. You know what I’m saying?
You’re right. (audience applauds) I totally forgot about Tisha and Tichina and the Soul Trains last night. (audience exclaims) Well, you know, I was just busy being pissed. (Wendy and audience laugh) While I’m busy being pissed, the whole thing, you know? Anyway, but they were on last night, clap if you watched. (audience members applaud) Okay. Enough people, but not as many as I thought, Suzanne. No, a smattering. What did you watch last night? Oh!
A Christmas movie? Yes, it’s Hallmark– I know.
Christmas movie season! Oh my God, I watched them all weekend. I just lay in bed and watch one after the other, it’s amazing. (audience laughs)
Uh-huh. And Lifetime now is doing it. Lifetime is doing all Christmas movies, but I’m sticking with Hallmark, I go back and forth. Uh-huh.
Yeah. There were two separate channels that ran “Sex and the City”. (audience laughs) Different episodes, I was back and the forth with the “Sex and the City”, and then the “Goodfellas” was on. Did you watch “Goodfellas”? I never get tired of that movie, man. I know all the dialogue. Anyway, “Goodfellas” and a bunch of other murder murder, kill kill stuff, but yeah. (audience laughs) I did set up some sort of Christmas tree though. It features Jolly Rancher candy canes. (audience applauds) (audience laughs) And they’re individually wrapped and they’re fresh and none of them broke. Somebody, one of you sent them to me, I got them. You didn’t put your name on it, but I brought them home, they’re hanging, yeah. Anyway, so the Soul Trains were on last night, and Summer Walker, who we talked about last week, she’s the one with the anxiety, and she said that this’ll be her last album, she’s done, she’s canceled tour dates and the whole bit. We talked about that last week. Well she won Best New Artist. (audience applauds)
Okay, and good for her. And here is her acceptance speech. Hi.
(audience cheers) Thank you so much, I didn’t expect this. Thank you LVRN, and thank you London On Da Track. I really appreciate it. (laughs) (audience cheers) (audience exclaims) Poor thing. So lucky to have such a career that many people want. But not able to get over the social anxiety, which a lot of you have, we’ve talked about that before. Some people called me out and said, “Wendy, you’ve mentioned being anxious “and anxiety-filled before the double doors open”. Well you know what? That is a word that I will not use anymore to describe how I feel right there when they’re saying, “Live from New York”, ’cause if that is social anxiety, that’s not me. Exactly.
Like, you said you have anxiety out here at the podium. Right.
But not clinical. It’s not clinical. Just, you know.
Meaning you don’t need pills and a–
Exactly. Right.
I don’t need an IV to come out here. (audience laughs) And what I mean is, I guess I used the word in the wrong way, being that that word is being. To date, this particular story, no, I have butterfly excitement for just wanting to come out, and do a cartwheel, and dip it and do it. And that’s it. (audience cheers) It’s not anxiety, you know? If I won something, that is not the type of speech I would give. I’d be right there, like, come on now. (audience laughs) Here’s who helped me and here’s who didn’t. (audience laughs)
Okay, okay? And not, “Thank you,” dip, go. (audience laughs) But anyway, I feel bad for the poor girl. She said that she’s not putting out any music. She’s really young, like 21 years old. I don’t know what she’s going to do for money for the rest of her life, but apparently this is a real thing. So I apologize for taking it lightly when I described myself eons ago about coming out. No. Oh, poor girl. Okay. So, I’m minding my own business and I get a telephone call from my manager, Berns. (audience exclaims) And he says, and this is after we’re on the phone for like, an hour prior, talking about business, all right? He calls back, he goes, “Oh, by the way”. (laughs) He goes, “Madame Tussauds wax museum “wants to do you”. (audience cheers)
(Wendy laughs) But. In the bigger scheme of things, how is this a by the way? (audience laughs) I am over the moon. I pick up the phone, I call my mom and dad, they’re not answering. I text them, I don’t tell ’em what I’m texting about, I said, “Call me, I’m over the moon”. ‘Cause my thing about being excited about stuff, it lasts for approximately 30 minutes and then I’m on to the rest of life. (audience laughs) I’m like, okay, now what have I done for them lately? Or whatever, I’m hard on myself. So I call my son, he says, “I’ll call you back, I’m in class”. (audience laughs) I call my sister, she’s in a meeting and texts me back. And I don’t wanna tell anybody over a text or a voicemail or some corny mess. It’s the wax museum! (audience cheers) Anyway. I just kept it to myself all weekend long, even though I had a dinner party with some great people. By the way, Robyn Crawford came over for dinner. (audience exclaims)
Okay. Oh, well now let me tell you something. Robyn after dark is a whole lot of fun. We had dinner with my other guest, and then we all left and we went to the club, but it was a really early night. Everybody’s grown, you know? I was in the bed by 12:30 on a weekend night. But it was a whole lot of fun, thanks. And she bought me a bag of Jolly Ranchers wrapped up. (audience applauds)
Uh-huh. (laughs) So about the wax thing. They have a special machine where they measure how far your eyeballs are apart and how big your nostrils are, you know mine are big. (audience laughs) And how you smile, how many teeth you have. How big your head is, the whole bit. And then Willie will dress me, but they just wax me out. So it’s a two-hour, the process is two hours. They need to take all of your measurements, every last one. I’ve been to the museum here in New York and it’s really fascinating there. Now my figure will be on display here in New York City beginning this spring. (audience cheers)
(Wendy laughs) We’ve got more great show for you, everybody. (audience cheers) Up next, Senator Cory Booker is running for president. Listen very closely. Grab a snack and come on back. (audience cheers)
(upbeat music) Ooh-ooh! (upbeat rhythmic music)
(audience cheers) Ooh-ooh! Our first guest is the first black US senator from New Jersey! (audience cheers) And now he’s running for president of the United States. Let him speak his, sell it to us. Please welcome Senator Cory Booker. (upbeat music)
(audience cheers) It is so good to see you. Nice to see you again. Thank you for having me. Thank you for being here. (audience cheers) How are you? Fine, thank you, your feet were stunned on my feet. I was looking at these great kicks that you have on, these are amazing. Anna Wintour Nike.
(audience cheers) I did not know that–
Thank you. Anna Wintour made those Nikes. Well, everybody wears sneakers now. A lot of people can’t wear heels, but it’s about your Shoe Cam, please. Feet on those feet, model. (audience cheers)
There you go. That is.
(gentle harp music) An old pair of? These are an old pair, I got them from a place in New York called MooShoes. Okay.
Which are vegan shoes. (audience exclaims)
Oh right, ’cause you’re vegan, you don’t eat the meat. I don’t eat the meat, I don’t eat the meat. And you don’t wear the leather, or sometimes you slip? I still have things that are leather in my closet, so I didn’t throw them out. You don’t purchase it now.
But I buy my belt and my shoes, they’re vegan, they’re not leather. I like that you dressed the part, kinda cas’ for us. (audience applauds)
Jeans, I like your blazer. Yeah. I was saying to Joelle, my producer, that you seem like one of the cleanest men that I know. What I mean that, like you take five showers a day, you’re always polishing and flossing.
(laughs) Clean-shaven. Clean-shaven, you smell good, the whole bit, just clean. Thank you, thank you very much. I mean that as a compliment. No, I appreciate that. (audience applauds)
My mom will be very happy that that’s how you led. How is she doing? She’s incredible, she’s having the time of her life in a presidential campaign. She embarrasses me all the time. She has this saying that she goes, every time she gets up to speak on my behalf now, she goes, “Behind every successful child is an astonished parent”. (all laugh) Well now, you know, Cory grew up with two parents who worked at IBM, I believe, right? Yes. So you grew up solid middle class? Yeah, absolutely. Were you ever called white boy? Not, not. When you’re growing up as, my father used to call us, when we moved into the town, we literally had to get a– Where’d you grow up? The northern part of New Jersey. Northeastern Bergen County, a small town called Harrington Park. And 50 years ago– (audience member applauds) Some Jersey in the house. (audience laughs)
That was what we call a smattering of applause.
(Wendy laughs) But literally 50 years ago, my parents were denied housing in this community and they had to get a white couple to pose as them through the Fair Housing Council. So the house I grew up in, my parents literally had to confront the real estate agent with a lawyer. The real estate agent punched the lawyer in the face and a big fight broke out. So my parents raised me knowing that we got here because of the sacrifices and struggles of people that I’ll never know. But even immediately, your family was aided by just good folk. That happened when we moved to Ocean Township from Asbury Park. The race riots were going on in Jersey. And my mother, who looked white-ish, she could pass. And my grandfather, who looked white-ish. My father, who looks black, was no part of it, because they had to pose. And then once we got in, it was like, okay, it’s serious out here in these streets. Yeah, and you begin to realize that everything that we have in our lives was paid for by the struggles of others who opened up doors for us. So now, Cory, you know, was the great mayor of Newark, New Jersey. Yeah. (audience cheers) So I understand you still live there. I do.
When you’re not traveling. ‘Cause half of your life is probably in a hotel. Well a lot now.
Or under Rosario Dawson. Oh my God.
We’ll get to it. (Cory and audience laugh)
We’ll get to it, we will get to it, we will get– This is already the Hot Seat. (laughs) Yeah, we’re gonna do Hot Seat with Cory too. But look, so you still live in Newark. I do, I love my city, I love my community. Look, Newark has come a dramatic long way.
It has? It has, it really has. We are now the fastest growing period of economic development in 60 years, our school system’s now–
Who’s benefiting from this, Cory, because I gotta tell you something. And I love Newark too. Growing up in New Jersey, I used to get the Jersey Transit, I would shop on Market Street. 808 is where I got my jewelry. When Macy’s was called Bamberger’s, that’s where I’d shop. The cutest boys, I had a boyfriend who was an engineer later on in life. We lived in Newark in those houses that you all started building. One was right across from the jail, and right across from the Shell station. And I was all about Newark. But there’s something about Newark to me, I don’t see Newark on the rise. I don’t.
Yes. Hi, Newark, but after dark, uh-uh. My friend Madina was hosting a party at midnight in Newark the other day. She was like, “Come through, these are your people”. I was like, “Oh, no, no, no, no, no, no, no, no, no”. In fact, I brought some of my, they’re my mentees technically, but like my family over here. Hi, you all.
Young men. (audience applauds)
Hi, you all. Newark’s population, people are voting with their feet. It’s the first time in 60 years more people are moving back to the city. And one is because the school system has improved so dramatically. It has?
It’s now the number one school system in America for beat the odds schools. Kids who are in poverty going on to college. We’ve had our biggest explosion in affordable housing. First new hotels in 40 years, supermarkets coming back to food deserts. So the key is just making progress. And when I moved to Newark, people had this attitude. Zuckerberg gave a million dollars to Newark and I’m still trying to figure out what happened to that money. Well the great thing about it is, first of all, the biggest chunk went to raise public school teachers’ salaries, which is, to me, something–
Okay. (audience applauds)
Okay. If I’m president of the United States, that’s what I’m gonna do for public school teachers.
I like that. Yeah.
I like that. So the biggest chunk went to public school teachers, because they are the biggest difference in a school, kind of teacher you have in that classroom. And we should be paying our teachers so much more for the work that they’re doing. And not just taking any teachers. Because a lot of the teachers aren’t even qualified to teach. They don’t even care about being there, so you have to, I like what you just said. How do you feel about gun control? Do you own a gun? No, no.
Have you ever been pistol whipped? (audience laughs)
There’s a lot going on, no, no, no, no, ’cause people are being pistol whipped and how do you feel about gun control? Well look, the leading cause of death for young black men in America is murder. They make up over 50% of the homicide victims. And overall in our country, we’ve had more people die due to gun violence in my lifetime than have died in every single war in American history from the Revolutionary War to present. We have a crisis. No other country has this kinda carnage in its streets. So how do I feel, as a guy who has been to too many children’s funerals, who sees shrines to kids in the streets, who literally sat with and tried to stop a boy from bleeding to death who was shot across the street from where my mentees live. This is a crisis. So I have the boldest plan for gun safety of any of the people running for president, and this is personal to me, it’s not political.
Now what would you do about the illegal guns that come from Virginia or across the border or out of state? Yes, that’s exactly right.
‘Cause if you want a gun, you’ll still get a gun, even with a great president and gun control. It’s horrible. It is, and that’s why you’re, you have no idea. The point you’re making is so important. Some people in this race says oh, every state should decide. I’m like, you need a federal gun licensing program. Yes, yes, okay. You need a license to drive a car, you should have a license to buy a gun. ‘Cause states that have done it have seen, like Connecticut, 40% drop in shootings. But the problem with Connecticut is what you said. Guns come from states that have lesser gun laws. So that’s why we need a federal law and a president that this isn’t gonna be a side-issue. I’m not gonna come out every week or so upset about another mass shooting. If I’m the president of the next United States, we are going to end this crisis in our country of gun violence. We can do it, and most of us agree on the way to do it. (audience applauds) I’m so glad that we’re having this conversation. I remember I met you socially one time and you were so nice–
I fan-boyed over to you. He did fan-boy, but you know what? And I was shocked that you were so nice to me ’cause so many people are like, hey now, ooh, there’s Wendy, let’s stay away from that trash. (audience laughs)
Wendy, let’s. Wendy, you talk to my community. And you talk to our community. Our community is concerned about what’s going on with the celebrity issues, but you also bring really important issues to the fore. So don’t let anybody, you know this. Don’t let anybody ever look down on you. You are somebody that’s cherished in my community.
Thank you, thank you. I am grateful for your voice.
Thank you. (audience cheers) Cory, I also think that a lot of people lie about what they really believe. When they go in there to vote and that curtain closes. A lot of people are not ready for a gay president, a single president, another black president, a woman president, a rapper president. People want that white man who’s married to be, oh, and a Jewish president, they’re not ready. People lie because it’s cute to go along out here, but when they get in that room and they pull that lever. It’s really. How do you feel about weed? (audience laughs)
So I wanna tell you all about, look, I have strong feelings about weed, strong feelings.
Okay. But I just wanna say something to you. Our nation has never been free of bigotry, hatred, demagoguery. And it never will be.
The cards of our democracy have always had that, but what defines us is not that. It’s how we have overcome that. You and I are sitting here in an era that you know just a decade ago, little more than a decade, nobody could’ve ever imagined that this country, at a record turn-out numbers, would elect a black person to the White House. Correct. And so I know I’m in a country– Our first miracle. Right, and this nation, and black history in particular in this nation, is a perpetual testimony to the achievement of the impossible. I believe that I can be the next president. Not only the next president, but you know if I’m elected, I’ll be the first person ever to be in the presidency who descended directly from American slaves. And they built that house. And single.
Slaves built. Well.
We’ll get to that, hold on. But let me talk to you about pot. Let me talk to you about pot. About weed.
No, we call it weed around here.
I’m sorry. We call it the chief.
Let me talk about weed. Weed, the ism. (Cory and audience laugh)
Go ahead, Cory. So I put in the first major bill in the United States Senate to legalize marijuana. But let me, hold on, hold on.
Oh, oh, well hold on now. But I’m also one of these very strong, strong conviction on this issue that you should never talk about legalization of marijuana if you’re not talking in the same paragraph about expunging the records of those people who’ve been convicted in the past. (audience cheers)
Because that’s the problem. Remember, there’s no difference in America between blacks and whites for smoking marijuana or even selling marijuana, but blacks are about four times more likely to be convicted of it. The war on drugs has not been a war on drugs. It’s been on people.
On black people. Black people. People of color in particular. And by the way, it’s black people, but it’s also veterans are disproportionally convicted of marijuana crimes, poor people are disproportionally convicted of drug crimes. And so this has been a targeting, there are literally now, because of this drug war, more– Do you smoke? I have never smoked in my life. In your life? I never smoke, I never drank. I have vices. Who are you? I have vices. I have vices. What are your vices? Well number one, I have a terrible relationship with empty carbohydrates, cupcakes and food and cookies. (audience laughs) (Cory laughs) I have been known to go through. You know they make those Ben and Jerry’s the perfect serving size, individual serving size, so I can do a pint or two of that.
I know, I know, I know, I know, I know. Were you ever a fatty? I have gained a lot of weight over my life. ‘Cause I played, I was a college football player. You were?
Yeah, I was a all-American football player, played football for Stanford. (audience cheers)
Yeah, (laughs) yes. Wow. Yes. Look at you.
Yes. So the problem is when you’re a Division 1 athlete, and I went overseas and played basketball for the varsity team at Oxford too. But the problem is when you finish, you keep eating like you were when you were 25 years old.
Right, and you don’t have time for the gym or you don’t care about the gym.
No, no, and so– When you wake up in the morning, do things ache, like all of us of a particular age? Like you’re like, ow, I got the back, or I got the knee. You know what’s a big thing for me is reading glasses now. Yeah.
Yes, it’s the eyes. Now I hold the menu further and further out. Yes.
Yeah. Do you rub the CBD oil, what do you call it? CBD oil?
CBD oil. That’s a big deal.
Rosario has turned me on to CBD oil. And so she rubs you with the CBD oil, okay.
(Cory and audience laugh) All right, let’s talk about her. Oh, I’m afraid now. By the way, I talked to her in the green room. Uh-huh. Her father, she’s not here now, her father’s about to go into surgery, he loves you. Oh!
He said, this, quote, unquote, that he thinks you’re hot. (audience exclaims)
Oh. Yes, yeah.
Hi, Mr. Dawson. (laughs) Yeah.
I’m single now. Yes, yeah, and he said you’re single and fierce, these were his words. Aw, aw.
Yes. Yeah, he really has a lot of respect, both of them do, they’re big fans of you. Well don’t sit here and butter up. If you become president, will I get a ticket to the White House for once? Okay, stop right now, let’s make a deal. Let’s sincerely make a deal. Okay.
Because I do not think you value yourself, in terms of–
No, I do. You do, good.
But I don’t beg. I don’t beg people.
You shouldn’t beg. So how about you, we have a double date in the White House? Me and– Rosario.
Rosario. And you–
And me and, nope, I got the perfect person. Who’s that?
I’ll tell you secretively. Okay, good. (laughs)
Uh-huh, uh-huh. And he’d probably be a perfect person for you to entertain for something else. Okay.
If you win. Oh.
Oh, yes. I am intrigued.
Oh, yes. Oh, yes.
I am intrigued. I’m out here now.
We should break some news tonight. No, look, look, how did you meet her? Well we met at a fundraiser for a guy named Ben Jealous who was running for president. Ben who?
Ben Jealous was his name, he was running for governor, excuse me.
Jealous. He’s a great guy, he’s a former head of the NAACP. Really special man. But that was just, we were both, I think, not really looking at that point. But we met again, I have a lot of gratitude to Sarah Silverman, she had a party and she– I like her. She’s funny. She’s just also a really righteous soul. She’s very special. And so we met at a roof party that she had. The roof is on fire. The roof was on fire. (audience exclaims)
So do you go up to her and say hi, I’m Senator Booker? Or do you just lock eyes from, how does that work? So I have a lot of confidence in a lot of areas, but I tell you, I did not feel confidence when I asked for her phone number. And what did she say? Did she look you up and down and say, eh, here? No, no, it was, I remember this very clearly. I walked up to her, it was the end of the party. We had already talked a little bit, and people were drifting out, but she and I were kinda lingering. And I walk up to her and I said, “Well how would I contact you “if I wanted to get in touch with you?” And she goes, “Oh, you’re asking for my phone number”. (Cory and audience laugh)
Oh. So you’re shy when it comes to the women, but really confident when it comes to politics? I am very confident when it comes to fighting for people and my community, whether it’s Newark or anything. I will stand up on any issue, I have a lot of confidence when it comes to justice and opportunities. But this was a shy moment for me, definitely, but she was merciful and gave me her phone number.
Will you marry her? Look, I have hope, I have hope. Aw.
I have hope. Yeah, I really do, I really do. This is something really special, she’s challenged me in ways that I needed to be challenged.
But if you get one of those big, obnoxious diamonds, then you’re falling into particular thing that we like to do, but I don’t think that’s political. You have to get her something small and tasteful. It could be good and clean. She’s this righteous activist. She has a fashion line in Africa about empowering women. So whatever I get will be conscious and it will reflect the values of a couple, should I decide to do this. I’m getting myself on bad ground right now. Don’t go anywhere, everybody, we’re gonna put Cory in the Hot Seat next. All right. (audience cheers)
(upbeat music) Ooh-ooh! (suspenseful music)
(audience cheers) Okay. We’re back, Senator Cory Booker is here and he agreed to do our Hot Seat, which means you’re a whole lot of fun. (audience cheers)
(Cory laughs) Okay, here’s your 40-degree question, okay? Oh, they’re gonna go up, right? Yes, to 100 degrees.
Oh my God. All right, we’re starting soft. 40 degree, boxers, briefs, or nothing? (audience exclaims) That is something that only Rosario will know. (Cory laughs)
(audience exclaims) I think that means nothing.
But I am telling you right now, let’s just put it this way, I literally am wearing a pair of underwear that she bought me. Oh.
Yes. How romantical.
Yes. Okay, your 60-degree question. 60 degrees, with the music on the top. Who would you rather, Cardi B or Beyonce? (audience exclaims) Who would I rather?
Mm-hmm. (audience laughs) If Rosario wasn’t in the picture.
I was about to say, I would rather not. Well.
(audience laughs) And I don’t know what their relationship status is. No, no, no, all right, all right. Just picture everybody being single, stop. Look, Senator, you politicians have a way of going around the question.
(Cory and audience laugh) This is me dancing on the Hot Seat. Who would you rather? Queen B, I’m Beyonce all the way. (audience cheers)
Okay, okay. Here is your 80-degree question, Senator. Okay. If you become president, will you pardon Joe Giudice and bring him back from Italy to Jersey with his family? (Cory and audience laugh) He knows who he is.
What’s the immortal words, the immortal words of somebody else who sat with you? I’m sorry, I don’t know who this is. I don’t, (laughs). Oh, Jennifer Lopez.
Yeah, I don’t know this man. (laughs) I don’t know this man. (laughs) (Cory and audience laughs)
Woo-hoo! All right, your 100-degree question. 100 degrees.
Yes. If weed becomes legal, will you take your first toke? (audience exclaims)
Wow, wow. Well, it is a mission of mine to make this drug legal, expunge people’s records, give people of color– Yes or no?
A chance to have the businesses as well.
(audience laughs) If we achieve my dreams, I will do something to mark the moment. Ooh!
(audience cheers) I wanna be there. Yes.
Yes! I will do something. Thank you, Senator, for being here. This is hot.
(audience cheers) For more information about Cory’s campaign, go to We’ll be right back. Thank you.
Hey! (audience cheers)
(rhythmic music) (upbeat music)
(audience cheers) Ooh-ooh!
Welcome back. It is time for Ask Wendy. Everyone have a seat except for you two. Come on over. How you doin’? How you doin’, Wendy?
How you doin’? What a cute couple, how long you been married? Forever, I mean, 23 years. (audience laughs) 23 years.
Yeah. Where you from, what are your names? Arizona, I’m Gina. And I’m Howard. Okay, welcome. Are you having a good time? A great time. Did you like Senator Booker? Excellent.
Enjoyed it, yeah. Yes, okay, so now, how can I help you? We have two boys, 19 and 22. And they both live at home. One’s in college and the other one has a really good job at a law firm. Is this a girl problem? Well there’s girls involved, yeah. They sleep over many nights of the week. Doors left cracked. The girls sleep on the floor. The boys sleep on the bed. Where do the girls sleep? On the floor. All right, Ma. (audience laughs) Dad’s ready to kick ’em out. Yeah, my mom kicked me out at 17. She won’t let me charge ’em rent, so. Oh, wow. They’re babies and they’re saving money. Okay, do you get along with the girls? Yes. Do they wear negligees around you? No, they do not. Do you hear noises from their room? (audience laughs) It’s at the other end of the house, I guess, their rooms, so no. Okay, so what’s your question? He wants to kick, he thinks they’re old enough to be on their own now. Well. (audience applauds) The 19-year-old is probably in college and goes locally, correct? Yes. Okay, and dormitory though, could still be at a budget, because you guys are in-state. You ever thought of having him move into the dorm? Yeah, absolutely. (audience laughs)
Okay. Well that should be a discussion for fall semester of next year. It’s too late for this year.
Right. And regarding the one in the law firm, can he financially sustain himself in a one-bedroom? Absolutely. All right, everybody out in the fall. How about that? All right. Okay, Wendy.
Good luck. (audience applauds) Come on over. How you doin’?
How you doin’? Hi, Wendy.
Fine, thank you, how are you?
I’m good, how are you? Good, now what’s your name, where you from?
My name’s Tiffany and I’m from New Jersey.
Okay. Okay.
And so go ahead. What’s your situation? So, recently I went to an event with my younger brother. He’s five years younger than me. How old are you? I’m 33. So I met one of his friends and we kinda hit it off in the conversation department, but he didn’t ask me for my number. So (laughs) I think it’s because he’s been good friends with my brother for a very long time, and he doesn’t wanna cross that line. But I’m interested. Or maybe he’s not romantically interested in you. This is true.
Your brother might not have anything to do with it.
True. So what’s your question for me? Should I reach out to him, get his number, maybe see where it goes? Nah.
No, okay. Nah.
Okay. When a guy wants something, a guy goes after it. Absolutely.
Okay? All right.
Good for you. Thank you, Wendy. Okay, we’ll be right back. (upbeat music)
(audience cheers) (upbeat music)
(audience cheers) Ooh-ooh! Ooh-ooh!
All right. It’s time to play Drop It Like It’s Hot Topics. Now Janette is from Miami and you have a chance to win–
(audience cheers) Janette, up to $1,500, which will help you through medical school. You know she wants to be a plastic surgeon. (audience cheers)
Oh, yes, oh, yes. Are you ready, doctor-to-be? I’m ready. All right, pick up your puck. Hit the music. ♪ Drop it like it’s hot ♪ ♪ Drop it like it’s hot ♪ ♪ Drop it like it’s hot ♪ ♪ When the pigs try to get at you ♪ ♪ Park it like it’s hot ♪ ♪ Park it like it’s hot ♪ (cash register dings)
All right. (audience cheers) Well, you landed on the sexiest man alive. Okay, okay.
John Legend. John Legend.
750 bucks, here’s your question. John is married to, this is so easy, which swimsuit model, go. Chrissy Teigen! There you go!
(bell dings) 750 bucks, congratulations, Janette. We’ll be right back. (upbeat music)
(audience cheers) (upbeat music)
(audience cheers) (clock ticking) Welcome back, it is time to Race the Clock. Let’s meet our player. What’s your name, where you from? My name is Megan Hughes, I’m from Centerport, New York. And what do you do? I’m in education policy. Well thank you, wow. That’s heavy, I don’t even know what that is. (Megan and audience laugh) It sounds very impressive. What is the most shocking thing that you’ve discovered behind the scenes being here today? Behind the scenes?
Yeah, yeah, yeah. Like, is it the music, is it the temperature, is it the people getting up out of nowhere and dancing? The DJ is great. (audience cheers)
Love the DJ. DJ Boof, all right now. (Megan laughs)
(audience applauds) All right, Megan, 30 seconds to Race the Clock. Okay, it was just announced that Adele is the highest grossing album person of the decade with 21. Name four other artists in the top 10, and go.
(frantic music) Go.
Mariah Carey. No.
Taylor Swift! Yeah.
Justin Bieber! No.
Ed Sheeran. Yes. Oh my gosh, Jay-Z. No.
Beyonce. No.
Drake. Yes. Okay.
One more. Maroon 5. No. Meek Mill. No. Post Malone! Yes, Post Malone! Yeah, there you go. Megan, dinner for two at Distilled. They got great burgers–
Yay! And stuff that everyone likes. We’ll be right back. Yeah, Megan.
(Megan laughs) (upbeat music)
(audience cheers) (upbeat music)
(audience cheers) She is from Brooklyn, come on. Hi. And she’s from Miami, you came with him. Yeah, and Janette. What? Yeah, Janette, the contestant. Oh, Janette!
Yes. She got $750 today.
Oh my goodness. Look, big things are happening here. If you’re ever in the New York City area, be one of my cohosts. It’s a whole lot of fun. This is the one place in the world where you can come by yourself and honestly, make friends with the people next to you. Otherwise, we’ll be your friend. (audience cheers) Don’t forget to dress the part. And the tickets are available at I wanna thank Senator Cory Booker for being here. Also, my cohost, my studio audience. (audience cheers)
Thank you. Tomorrow our old friend Kristin Chenoweth. Don’t forget, we need the step-up for her to sit on the couch. She’s a little lady with a big girl. Anyway, and I’ll bone up on my Hot Topics. I love you for watching today, and I’ll see you next time on “Wendy”, bye-bye. (audience cheers)
(upbeat music) Ooh-ooh! Ooh-ooh! Ooh-ooh! Ooh-ooh! Ooh-ooh! Ooh-ooh! Ooh-ooh! ♪ How you doin’ ♪ Ooh-ooh! How you doin’? Nice! (animal growls)

100 thoughts on “Monday, November 18

  1. Suzanne is the perfect yes man.

    Wendy: I’m thinking about shaving my head and painting my skin green

    Suzanne: yesssss bald… omg you can pull it off do it! Yessssss you look so good with green skin ..

  2. Thank you, Wendy show, for posting the show episodes here……b/c I missed this one and several others….due to the So Cal fires, then the Saugus High School shooting and because most days every station pre empts all content for almost all day Impeachment hearings….the freakin Nerve….so thank YOU, Wendy Show..I appreciate you….for this…

  3. Kenya please stop chasing this man. He is a cute, light skinded chocolate caramel brothah, that alone even minus all the success can get him a huge amount of Kitty Kat…….Girl just move on………you making yourself look cray to the zee……

  4. This guy is a joke. The way he scoffed “no” when Wendy asked if he owned a gun. He wants to take away our gun rights! Just another bleeding heart liberal who’s on board with the agenda to strip us of our god given right to self defense

  5. Summer Walker is in the wrong industry for scial anxiety. I get that she uses music to express herself but there are plenty on successful artists who arent mainstream and she is going for mainstream. She needs help or medication if she wants to stay in and get big. I dont believe at all that she is a true empath though especially in the showbiz and doesnt have drug or alcohol problems…

  6. You can't say her husband doesn't love her, men are just selfish and stupid at times. If he didn't love her he would leave becuz men have no problem walking away. Let's just wish them the best!

  7. Thank you Wendy for apologizing regarding Summer Walker's situation. I hope that Miss Walker would get assistance and continue her career in Music. This would shine the light on this condition and also help others. Blessing to this sweet girl.

  8. Im not even american but when they call out the stats about the gun 🔫 deaths. I fight back the tears. It's sad. Americans answer. Is it a political gun game or what is this. More killed with guns than the people who were killed in the wars I & II ?

    I CAN'T wrap my head around this please Americans. How do u feel?

  9. Good morning Wendy. You came up in my recommendations. I was so hoping you were talking about "this" sector and giving that raw opinion on the shenanigans. Enjoy your life. 👍✌💃😉

  10. Wendy, I think I speak for a lot of people who truly appreciate your apology for the way you spoke on Summer Walker and anxiety, dually and separately. A lot of people also respect that you didn’t respond to the backlash with a simple and single “I’m sorry if you were offended”. You could tell that you really thought deeply about what you said… and although you may not experience debilitating anxiety, it was obvious that you really tried to put yourself in Summer Walker’s (and those who struggle similarly) shoes.

  11. I really don't like how it went down with Marc and Kenya. They both disrespected themselves as a married couple. If you didn't want to be with Kenya, why go all the way with marriage and a baby? What kind of Black Man is he? Marc Daly is Very Disappointing, Dishonorable and an Insult to Black Men everywhere. Kenya, Kenya, Kenya… should stop being so desperate to find love and family. You both are too selfish, inconsiderate and

  12. 🗣 Wendy! Waxed! 👏🏻Wendy! Waxed! 👏🏻 Wendy! Waxed! 👏🏻 Wendy! Waxed! 👏🏻 CONGRATULATIONS! 🎈🍾🎊🎉

  13. Disagree…Husband/Wife should be first over children. That doesn't mean you can't love the life out of your kids, but you and your spouse should be existing in unity as ONE. Your kids are going to grow and have their own lives and spouses. This is why many couples don't know who they are once the kids leave the house. They spend years putting the kids first over their relationships with each other. Thus, their relationships don't grow…but at least the kids are happy!

  14. I'm sorry but I'm from Newark and still here and Yes, Newark is rising however, New developments, businesses are not for the residents of Newark it's more for the White ppl and elites that have migrated from NY because they feel it's cheaper to live here…and you can see it especially in dwntwn Newark from Central ave & Broad st. to Broad St. & Green St. …up Springfield Ave. towards Bergen St. all for the new migrates…highways reconstructed so they don't have to travel through the city neighborhoods…but the programs for the kids are being sacrificed… But there are some community leaders who advocate for the youth… I like the way you interviewed Cory about Newark!!! Brilliant!!

  15. That's not true. Your wife or husband supposed to be first. Children are raise to leave the house your husband or wife is forever

  16. I thought you didn’t do politics on Wendy??? Remember when the French lady was in your audience and you asked if you knew her and the French lady got the mic and all she said she was “I’m running for..” before you abruptly cut her off and told her to sit down bc “SIT DOWN… we DONT do politics here on Wendy”. I was ok with that bc I agreed… -‘s now you literally gave a whole segment to someone running for office on your show bc you want this person to win…. the hypocrisy. Smdh.

  17. Kenya is getting Karma,forced and rushed a relationship.Now she's gonna be jealous of her child,but you can't be mad that he wants to soend time with the child,when he's barely seeing her.She didn't have a healthy relationship with her Mom and as her baby gets older so will she.Now she really going to be the Mean Girl,hating on Everybody

  18. That girl summer should have someone with her. Like when she was on stage. With that kind of a career u can have a life coach, someone who can help you navigate and ground you when u feel that anxiety crushing you in. I think she may also be empathic. Too many people, too much energy.

  19. Your spouse should comes first to maintain the sanity for the children because if you put your spouse second its means what divorce at the end and your children that you put first end up suffering

  20. Goodfellas! Fave flick!! I know all the dialog too! Every scene is perfect. Love SATC!! I watch it on Hulu. I did locations for those Hallmark & Lifetime filns! It's all shot in LA. Fun, fun.

  21. Congrats Wendy and I am glad that you apologized and you meant it. It take a strong woman to apologize and mean her words.

  22. NEVER ASK THAT QUESTION…a man will and SHOULD make his child #1, both of you should. It's not a choice…its a PARTNERSHIP. But honestly, I thinks its Kenya's need for affection from him, that keeps her into herself.

  23. John Legand ..I like him.. I think the sexy thing not only is face wise ..its the whole package .. the music the songs the Hips ! Lmaooooo😂😂

  24. You dont asked a man whose number 1 pertaining to ur he gay? Summer Walker is young hopes she gets over it

  25. Kenya looked bad and Cory reveled alot about not being that into to her.she needs a divorce and quick.while u still got a platform and a she is beautiful.

  26. Thank you for your apology and your recognition of the difference between natural anxiety and an anxiety disorder. We have to try harder as people to educate and understand each other without throwing insults 🙂

  27. I know Newark has its problem (and this is coming from someone born and raised there) but Wendy when was the last time you’ve been to Newark? That place is being gentrified like nobody’s business particularly downtown, the weequachic section and the ironbound.

  28. Lol I’m trying to be serious and listen to st. Cory booker but Wendy got me over here Screaming 🤧😭😂she keeps stating that he’s SINGLE… Wendy may be a loud mouth but She’s OUR LOUD MOUTH 😭😂🔥💜🖕🏽she wants a love Scandal..! But he had the best answers ..Wendy ask all the right questions 😝…Mr.CoryBooker then won me over .., he better switch up on us ,’!

  29. Kenya was just playing when she ask who comes first, Wendy’s ugly tail always talk stupid. And I’m tired of looking at Wendell and Ugly man looking Nick aka nene!

  30. Goodfellows, Wendy?

    Why are people acting like having anxiety is so weird? It’s the most common mental illness in America. It’s very very common in the industry – why you think there’s so much drug use?

  31. When parents/couples put each other first the children will always have a chance. ☺ Kenya's husband doesn't care if any of his kids grow up in a happy or complete family.

  32. I dislike how Wendy tried so hard to prove she doesn’t have anxiety. Bashing summer walkers acceptance speech doesn’t make you look competent Wendy, no one forgot you “fainted” on stage.

  33. y did she ask that?! 🤔😪🤮😡WTF! I KNOW MY MAN GOT THE KIDS FIRST! because HE ALREADY KNOW MY KIDS ARE NUMBER ONE! oh lawd these chicks are so broken, desperate, "cute" and slowww!

  34. Children are always number one… until the grandchildren come along… then they hold that number one spot forever 🙂

  35. Extremely good, I Liked it a lot, check my guitar(solo)+vocals cover of 'i feel fine',channel link, you may like it 🙂

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