R. Kelly, the R&B singer accused of molesting a number of African-American children (his own niece included), has learned that his alleged perversion may have seen Wendy Williams burn bridges with a number of her show’s sponsors.
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As the world closed in Kelly and the prostitution ring he is said to be running in Atlanta, Wendy decided to support him by suggesting, on live television, that some of the girls who accused him of defiling their bodies either looked older than they are actually were at the time of the abuse or were pimped out by their own parents.
Worrying, when one remembers that Williams was behind Lifetime‘s ‘Aaliyah’ biopic which romanticised the singer’s troubling ties to the ‘Age Ain’t Nothin’ But a Number‘ performer.
An insider has told DailyMail.com that the show’s syndication company, Debmar-Mercury was shocked and dismayed at the direction Wendy took during the segment.
Company executives allegedly begged her to tone down her support for R. Kelly after advertisers began threatening to jump ship.
‘It’s already been a tough season for Wendy. The revelations of her husband’s affair caused major drama at the show. Her illness cost the show to lose money during her three weeks off, which is why Jerry O’Connell had to come in and guest host one week,’ the source said.
‘Now, her supporting R. Kelly despite his history of questionable sexual misconduct in this day of reckoning for women is misguided and dangerous to the business of her show.’