Last week, when I was in New York, I attended a taping for The Wendy Williams Show. The syndicated talk show made its season debut on Fox10 in July, following a six week trial run last summer in New York, Los Angeles, Detroit, and Dallas.
Most people already know Wendy Williams, also known as the Queen of Media, from her days in radio. She has what you might call an aggressive interviewing style. Ok to be frank, she has no qualms with asking her guests tough and sometimes embarrassing questions…let’s just say…the juicer the better.
Wendy tapes live Monday through Thursday at 10:00 a.m and audience members are expected to arrive to the studio by 8:00 a.m.
There’s a check-in process. You give your name to the person at the door, and walk through a security check point, before your escorted into a waiting room. Certain VIP’s are taken into the “Purple Room.” It’s a more intimate setting and puts you at the front of the line for entering the set.
Kate Voegele performed her hit song”99 Times.” Then actress Debbi Morgan, from “All My Children” stopped by.
But I was most impressed with Wendy. She was such a gracious host. It was something to see…staff members were fussing over her hair, wardrobe, and make-up in between commercial breaks as Wendy was trying to make her way through the audience to meet and greet. I have been to other show tapings before and during the commercial breaks the talent sat in their chairs and had very little interaction with the audience members.
Overall, my short stint in NYC was a jammed packed with activities.
I was there for the start of fashion week, the memorial for 9/11, and the U.S Open tennis tournament. It was both and exhilarating and exhausting.