Monday Wendy Williams said on her show that she has been “educated” by Roland Martin over the weekend, following his blunt criticism of her comments about historically black colleges and universities (HBCUs) and the NAACP live on national television. The daytime talk show host told her audience that she “had a very interesting conversation on the telephone regarding race” with the TVOne news commentator, and he will appear on Thursday’s episode “to have open dialogue” about the issue according to The Wrap
“He’s educated me quite a bit and I hope you can do the same for all of us and we can begin to heal and stop,” she said.
Williams started off her show by addressing the backlash that arose against her after she commented on Jesse Williams‘ controversial BET Awards speech.
“Over the past few days, if you don’t know, I’ve been facing some really harsh criticism from our viewers and other people in the media because of my comments regarding racism,” she said. “One of my biggest critics was a journalist and activist Roland Martin who I’ve known for several years, but he did what he thought he had to do.”