Wendy Williams has made it known to the world how she now feels about Brian Williams, proving again that she is not one to hold her tongue.
The New Jersey-based talk show host is just one of the high-profile critics who strongly believe Brian Williams deserves to lose his job over his Iraq War memory scandal.
During the “Hot Topic” segment of her talk show on Friday, Wendy did not hesitate to target Brian Williams during a panel discussion.
“I really have very little to nothing to say about the next story, because my answer is fire him and he has no more credibility with me, period.”
However, that was not actually all that Wendy Williams had to say about the topic. She seemed to step up her criticism a few notches by referencing an old interview that Brian Williams did for David Letterman.
Letterman had apparently been looking forward to hearing Brian’s Iraq war story in order to commend him for his actions.
“David Letterman actually drooled and said, ‘I’ve been waiting for you to come and tell the story.’ After he told it, Letterman called him, he said,’You’re not a man – you’re a hero.’ And Brian, you sat there like a narcissist and sucked it up.”
Brian Williams’ reputation took a major hit earlier this week due to an article published by the military newspaper Stars and Stripes. The newspaper debunked Brian’s story of how his helicopter was shot down while covering the Iraq War back in 2003.
Brian issued an official on-air apology Wednesday night.
According to Wendy, Brian was supposed to be “the most credible newsman of our time.” However, her feelings about him have changed since the truth has come out about his Iraq War story.
“I believe he needs to lose his job.”
Quite a few of Wendy’s fans agreed with her and thanked her for her comments on Twitter.
@WendyWilliams thank u 4calling out Brian Williams. Needs to be fired! My husband is a HERO and served for 7 years REALLY getting shot at
— BETH (@armywife1114) February 6, 2015
Wendy was joined on her panel by comedian Heather McDonald, CNN anchor Don Lemon, and television personality Siggy Flicker.
Longtime anchor Don Lemon is no stranger to controversy when it comes to some of his own controversial statements and actions.
Pretty crazy that @WendyWilliams is going crazy on Brian Williams & his credibility when she has Don Lemon on. He has ZERO cred. ZERO.None.
— K. Davis (@1KDavis) February 7, 2015
He made the suggestion that Brian Williams simply “put his head down and do his job” while also stating that he was looking for a “more solid explanation.”
Lemon also stated that the days of the “old-school newsperson” being “the voice of God” were over. However, Wendy Williams argued that Brian Williams should still have to walk the same line as other prolific anchors, such as Walter Cronkite, and failed to do so.
“He’s got no credibility to me. If he told me the sky was blue, I’d have to go outside and look for myself. I’m sorry.”
On Saturday, one day after Wendy Williams’ made these comments, Brian Williams announced that he would be stepping aside as anchor temporarily due to the controversy caused by his comments.
In a memo written to the NBC News staff, which was later made public, Brian shared details about why he was leaving as well as what he would do when he returns in the near future.
“As managing editor of NBC Nightly News, I have decided to take myself off of my daily broadcast for the next several days, and Lester Holt has kindly agreed to sit in for me to allow us to adequately deal with this issue. Upon my return, I will continue my career-long effort to be worthy of the trust of those who place their trust in us.”
As of right now, the date of Brian Williams’ return to the NBC Nightly News has not been announced. Chances are that Wendy Williams will have something to say about Brian’s decision during her Monday broadcast.