TV talk show favorite Wendy Williams, visiting The City on Tuesday for an intimate live appearance with fans, didn’t take time to check out the local scenery.
“I haven’t seen the sites in many a place,” said Williams, in San Francisco only for a matter of hours for a stop at August Hall, part of a whirlwind 10-city tour celebrating the 10th anniversary of “The Wendy Williams Show,” her dishy syndicated series out of New York airing on Fox KTVU.
During a quick phone chat with the San Francisco Examiner, the famously candid personality said she’s much grown more comfortable through the years. At first, audiences, even those familiar with her from radio, didn’t know what to make of her, asking questions about things like makeup.
Now, she says, fans have no qualms about asking about having affairs with the next door neighbor.
“I love them so much … sometimes they don’t love me,” she adds.
She’s also not stressing about her appearance: “I’ve resigned myself to wearing flat shoes,” she says. “I can’t focus on wearing heels and making jokes” and maintain the pace of a TV show.
She also spoke passionately about helping people who are dealing with substance abuse. A former addict herself for a decade — “I was one of the lucky ones who woke up one day and said ‘I’ve had it’” — Williams and her husband Kevin Hunter formed The Hunter Foundation and Be Here, nonprofits dedicated to education, prevention and rehabilitation.
She’s intent on doing something to regulate K2 (synthetic marijuana), marketed cheaply to youngsters in neon colored packages. “It’s sold in delis; for $20, you buy and it will make you high before you hit the corner. No one, age 15 or 55, should be able to walk into a gas station and get it,” says Williams, who has spoken publicly about her son Kevin Hunter Jr.’s exposure to it as a teen. (Her busy schedule this month included taking him to college.)
On a lighter note, the host has not been wowed by famous folks she has met on her show through the years. “Disappointed” with celebrity culture — she takes note of how stars act, think of themselves and treat people on her staff — she does name a few who have been a delight: Sarah Jessica Parker, the Wayans Brothers and Kathy Griffin.
“Waitress,” the hit musical coming to SHN Golden Gate Theatre Oct. 16-Nov. 11, is looking for two young actresses to play the part of Lulu, the protagonist’s sweet young daughter, while the show is in town. Girls need to be shorter than 4 feet, 2 inches tall and no older than 5 years and 3 months. Applicants must sign up at shnsf.com/online/article/waitress-musical-auditions to participate in auditions, which take place Sept. 7.
In the wake of a recent announcement by Levi’s to reduce 40 percent of greenhouse gas emissions in its supply chain, local environmental organization Stand.earth has canceled its attempt to break a Guinness World Record for the “largest gathering of people in their underwear” in The City on Sept. 12; the event was designed to spotlight climate pollution in the fashion industry.
Through Oct. 1, Nordstrom is partnering with ShoesThatFit,org, a group providing new shoes to children in need; to join this year’s effort, with a goal to donate 25,000 pairs, go online or to a Nordstrom outlet to purchase to $10 gift card (or two or more).