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Wendy Williams Receives HUGE Backlash As She Mocks Joaquin Phoenix' "Cleft Palate"

Wendy Williams is in hot water after making fun of Joaquin Phoenix' 'cleft palate' lip scar
January 16, 2020 - 15:15 / Sarah Schulz

Wendy Williams is receiving a ton of backlash after making insensitive comments regarding Joaquin Phoenix' "cleft palate" lip scar. Fans are speaking out on Twitter with their outrage. 

Wendy Williams made some insensitive comments during the taping of her January 7th episode of her daytime talk show. The Wendy Williams Show host, discussed the 2020 Oscar nominations, which included Joaquin Phoenix for his starring role in Joker. Wendy admits that she finds Joaquin Phoenix "oddly attractive."

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Wendy Williams makes insensitive comments

She then mentioned his "piercing eyes" after his big win at the 2020 Golden Globes before saying, "when he shaves off his moustache he's got a hairline fracture. He's got one of those - what do you call it? Cleft lip, cleft palate."

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Fans were not happy with Williams 

Wendy then hooked her finger into her lip to imitate the common birth defect which is what really enraged fans and viewers. Phoenix has never himself publicly addressed the scar on his lip.