April 1, 2010 | 8:29 am
Posted by Ilana Angel
Living in Los Angeles, I see celebrities around town a lot. Even after almost 20 years, I still get a little thrill when I recognize someone famous. When I spot one, I leave them alone, and allow them to roam freely among us. I think part of the reason I don’t approach people I am a fan of, is because I worry they will be unkind, and my image of them will be ruined.
Yesterday I was invited to spend some time with talk show host Wendy Williams. In order to get what a big deal this was, you need to understand what she means to me. I am a writer who shares my truth. People can agree with me, or not, but they can never question my sincerity. That is really important to me, and something that I share with Wendy Williams.
Ms. Williams has had a long, and successful career. She became famous for saying what was on her mind, without censoring herself. She is honest, and sincere, and is not bullied into straying from her truth, and also calls people out when they lie. I admire her for these traits. She is ballsy, without being bitchy, and that is a great thing.
Sometimes when I write, I worry that people will misunderstand me, or think badly about me, and I wonder if I should change the subject, or my opinion. I think about Wendy Williams, and what she would do, and I know I must not waver from my truth. She makes it okay for me to be true to myself, and not worry about what other people think.
Wendy Williams is an inspiration to me. She is happily married to a great man, has a wonderful son, and while she works and is successful, it is her life away from her job, that she is most proud of, and gives her the most satisfaction. As I begin the second half of my life, and define who I am as a mother, a woman, and a writer, I want to be like Wendy Williams.
I met Ms. Williams at the KTLA studios, where she was filming a segment for the morning show. My son and I were escorted into a small waiting room, where we were introduced to her team of people. If a person can be judged but the company they keep, then Ms. Williams is truly fabulous, because her team was lovely to my boy and me.
When she walked into the room, my heart fluttered for a second. Let me just say, this is a very pretty woman. She is quite tall, and with her fabulous heals, she looks like a super model. She wore a beautiful blue dress, her hair was dark brown, and super long. Her figure is insane. She is thin, yet has all the curves of a woman. I was in awe of my new BFF.
She sat down on the couch with me, held my hand, and we started chatting like we were old friends catching up after not seeing each other for a long time. She is approachable and real, and I have never felt so comfortable with a stranger. We talked about our kids, homework, diet, cooking, shopping, television, and writing.
She did not talk at me, or around me. She spoke with me. My son asked why I didn’t take a recorder, or a pad and pencil, so I could interview her. To be honest, it never even crossed my mind. I was not there to interview talk show host, and radio legend Wendy Williams. I was simply there to visit with my friend, Mrs. Hunter.
Wendy does not disappoint. She was everything I thought she would be, which is everything that you see on her show. She is glamorous and famous, but also real and relatable. We view marriage, children, motherhood, and work, the same way. I felt connected to her in a way that was lovely, but not at all surprising, because we are very similar.
I know it’s her job to be kind and gracious to her fans. I know she has an image, and is watched in a way that a non-celebrity is not. I know someone on her staff probably told her to come and spend 5 minutes with me. I know visiting with me was part of her job. I also know that we became fast friends, and in the end, none of that was true of our visit.
We discussed my writing, my love of reality television, and my encounter with Sarah Palin. Get this, she would love to have Sarah as a guest on her show. Not to discuss politics, abortion, or hunting, but rather, shoes, bags and hair. She was able to see, and actually shared my view, that Sarah is an interesting woman, in ways that have nothing to do with her politics.
I have struggled with the fallout of my blog postings about Sarah Palin. They brought out the best and worst of people, and some of the comments I received were scary. After meeting with Wendy though, I am proud of those pieces, and my chutzpa for writing them. I will be sitting in the front row when Sarah Palin visits The Wendy Williams Show.
I cannot imagine anyone, male, female, Jewish, Catholic, gay, or straight, spending one minute with this woman, and not falling in love with her. She is funny, sassy, and very polite. She is everything that I imagined she would be and more. She is Wendy Williams, talk show goddess, and my friend.
The Wendy Williams Show is entertaining. It’s an hour with your girlfriend, talking about stuff that is interesting to us, in an atmosphere that is welcoming, and homey. There is no race, religion, sexual orientation, or economic lines drawn. It is a place where all we are all people, and nobody is labeled, or judged.
You should tune in. She is a fabulous little Jewish lady, inside a super model African American body, and if you watch, just once, you’ll be hooked. It’s an hour out of your day where you can relax, laugh, and step away from the stresses and challenges of life, and just enjoy yourself. In Los Angeles, she is on FOX Channel 11 at 4:00.
Thank you for a lovely morning Wendy. Being with you was a blessing, and an opportunity to show my son that heroes exist, and dreams come true. You are an inspiration, and a role model to me, and I am a better writer because of you. I hope you enjoy the rest of your visit in Los Angeles. You’ve got my number sister, so don’t be afraid to use it.
I think there are great things in store for The Wendy Williams Show. I also think that I am going to be involved with that success somehow. I’m not sure how exactly, but it’s going to happen. I am going to will it into being. Maybe the next step for The Wendy Williams Show website, is a few words, all about Keeping The Faith.
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