A daily talk show fired several of its staff in the wake of Wendy Williams’ controversial remarks on historically black colleges and universities (HBCUs).
Longtime producer at The Wendy Williams Show, Jason Gabel, and at least two other senior staff members were let go after Williams found herself under fire with her comments on HBCUs, saying, “…I would be really offended if there was a school that was known as a historically white college,” adding that “We have historically Black colleges. What if there was the National Organization for White People, only? There’s the NAACP.”
From Page Six:
“The crew had a big party celebrating what they considered a season well done,” we’re told, and “the next day [some of them] got calls saying they’d been let go.”
Williams has since apologized for her comments and said that she can admit when she’s wrong. She upset several who took to Twitter to speak out against her comments on black colleges, threatening to boycott the talk show if Williams didn’t make a public apology on her comments.
Williams later brought journalist Roland Martin on her show to discuss her comments. Martin told Williams that blacks couldn’t go to predominately white institutions and blacks couldn’t read during slavery, because blacks would be killed if they were found to be reading. Martin insists that is why HBCUs matter.
“So, that’s why it is so critically important… Our institutions are allowing us to survive in America even though we built this country,” said Martin.