— -- Wendy Williams started her career in TV and radio over three decades ago. Today, she’s one of the most powerful and notorious personalities on TV, worth nearly $60 million.
In an interview with ABC News, Williams said she is still the same person and hasn’t changed, but feels more comfortable in her own skin and gives herself permission to be exactly who she wants to be.
“Now, I finally have that sweet spot, at least in my mind, where I feel very comfortable saying exactly what I feel and being exactly who I am, because I know I'm a nice woman from Jersey who just happens to have a great opportunity,” she said.
Williams is a mother, a wife and best known for keeping it real. Her unapologetic bluntness has stirred up its share of controversy over the years, but it’s what made her popular syndicated television program, "The Wendy Williams Show," a smashing success.
Even though Williams, 51, said she'd like to retire, "not have to put on eyelashes every day," and joked "working is for suckers;" this hilarious media mogul, entrepreneur and best-selling author is showing no signs of slowing down.
In 2015 alone, she launched a clothing line with 20 unique styles, including plus sizes all under $100 on the Home Shopping Network (HSN). She has hit show “Death by Gossip With Wendy Williams” on Investigation Discovery, and “The Wendy Williams Show” just launched its seventh season.
Rebecca Jarvis, host of "Real Biz," met up with Williams in her dressing room and bedazzled office; she calls the Glam Suite to find out “How She’s Doin?” and how she manages to keep it real after all these years.
Here are 10 things you likely don’t know about Wendy Williams.
1. Is Wendy Williams ever fake?
Williams is known for keeping it real. But admits she can’t be on her A-game all the time.
She says “maybe 1 percent of the time” she’s fake, when she pretends to remember someone at a party.
2. Has Williams ever said anything she didn't mean?
Not lately! Back in the day, Williams admits, she broke a few hearts. When she was younger, she told a boy she loved him but she really didn’t. It was just the idea of him.
3. One job she would never want to do?
“Dig ditches,” Williams said.
4. One sound she hates?
“A fart. Or even worse, a shart; all watery and loose,” Williams said, laughing.
5. Williams' go-to song?
6. Best business decision?
“Taking my husband on as my manager,” she said.
7. One thing Williams spent way too much money on.
A crocodile Birkin bag. We Googled it and found several estimates anywhere from $15,000 to $95,000. With all kinds of chachkas on the outside, including an $850 pom-pom.
“I like good accessories, and I'm not going to even shy away from that. But I adore inexpensive clothing,” Williams said.
8. Favorite animal?
“Our new dog, Shaquille. He's only three months. He's a King Corso. I just love him,” she said.
9. If Williams could be any animal, what would she like to be?
“A cat! Mind your own business, stay in the corner, observe everything, and pounce when needed,” she said.
10. One thing no one knows about Wendy Williams?
“I'm the robe lady,” she said.
She has 20 robes. “There is a robe for every occasion,” she explained.
She loves robes so much she even rocks them in public.
“I will wear my robe to Walgreens. …If you have a nice robe, why not?” she said.