Wendy Williams isn’t always our favorite, but she has just done real good. During today’s episode, she took a moment to remember Martyn Hett, the 29-year-old Manchester bombing victim who was supposed to visit New York this week and attend her show.
Struggling to hold back the tears, Williams pointed to an empty blue chair in her audience. “One of the things you might have noticed today is that there is an empty chair,” she said, her voice cracking. “It’s there for a reason.”
“You remember the Manchester bombing from last week? There were 22 innocent people killed. One of those people was a 29-year-old Wendy watcher by the name of Martyn Hett. Martyn … was supposed to be in our Wendy audience yesterday and today. He saved for two years to have a fabulous time in New York and come to our show. He called it a trip of a lifetime on his social media.”
Williams went on to explain that Hett had his own pop culture blog and was popular on Twitter and, “he’s remembered as a man who loved life — like all my people — with passion, courage and laughter.”
Williams spoke to Hett’s best friend in London to informed her that she would be paying tribute to him on the show.
The friend said Hett “would love this.”
Williams sparked controversy earlier this year when VH1 decided to have her host their RuPaul’s Drag Race viewing party. Many drag queens and advocates were outspoken about the choice, claiming that her history of rhetoric against the LGBT community should deem her unfit to host such a queer show.
A few weeks after the backlash went viral, VH1 pulled the segment entirely.
Williams concluded her touching tribute by saying: “Martin, in honor of you we’re keeping that chair open. And our thoughts and prayers go out to you and your family.”