Daytime television star Wendy Williams is coming under fire once again for remarks made on her show, this time tastelessly joking about the murder of Drew Carey's ex-fiancee Amie Harwick. On Saturday, Harwick was found dead on the ground outside of her home, having apparently fallen to her death from a third-story balcony. Investigating officers allege an ex-boyfriend, Gareth Pursehouse, is responsible for the crime, and the man has since been arrested and booked on murder charges.
For most people, this is truly a heartbreaking and tragic story from every angle, but for Williams, it appears to be hilarious. Speaking about the incident on The Wendy Williams Show this week, Williams told viewers how Harwick was pushed from the balcony by her ex-boyfriend. Williams then points to Harwick's former relationship with Carey, noting how he isn't the one who killed her, but rather another ex. Rather than leaving it at that, however, Williams quotes Carey's The Price Is Right catch phrase to mock Harwick's death, joking, "Come on down!" as she mimes watching someone falling to the ground from above.
Williams' joke didn't elicit any laughter from the studio audience, and people online are very unhappy with her as well. Her name has since begun trending on Twitter with people all across the world expressing their disgust with Williams over the shameful joke. Mocking any person's death is obviously never a classy thing to do, though it's especially terrible to joke about someone's murder just days later with friends and family heavily grieving the loss. Because this failed attempt at humor was also painfully unfunny, it really makes the mockery that much worse as there was genuinely no good reason for it.
It was just earlier this month when Williams was stirring some controversy with remarks made on her show about Joker star Joaquin Phoenix's appearance. Lifting her lip with her finger to mock the scar on Phoenix's lip, Williams came across as an elementary school bully and was rightfully met with heaps of backlash. Williams would later apologize for the comments, announcing her show had donated to the charities Operation Smile and the ACPA to "help support the cleft community." Clearly, however, Williams hasn't learned her lesson. The host was also accused of farting live on air last month as well.
After Harwick's death, it was reported The Price Is Right had halted the week's tapings to allow Carey time to mourn Harwick's murder. Carey would also provide a statement to the media expressing his grief over his ex-fiancee's death. "Amie and I had a love that people are lucky to have once in a lifetime. She was a positive force in the world, a tireless and unapologetic champion for women, and passionate about her work as a therapist," Carey said of Harwick.
We'll see if Williams ends up apologizing for this joke as well, but in the meantime, there are many calling for her to be completely removed from television. We'll see what happens, but it's certainly hard to feel sorry to see her on the receiving end of so much backlash, knowing that she definitely made her bed with this one. You can take a look at a video clip of Williams' joke about Harwick below, courtesy of DJE_NO on Twitter, along with some of the responses from other users.