AceShowbiz - Wendy Williams is no stranger to making harsh comments on her show, but she might have picked the wrong person. The 54-year-old has drawn the ire of Twitter users, just a day after returning to "The Wendy Williams Show" following more-than-two-month hiatus, for comparing Luke Perry's death to her drug issue.
In the Tuesday, March 5 episode of her show, the actress/author addressed Luke's untimely passing. She said she wondered whether the late actor had struggled with substance abuse like her or if he lived a "wild life," before opening up about her own inner demon.
While the "Beverly Hills, 90210" alum is no longer here to defend himself, fans have taken to the social media site to hit back at Wendy. "I can not STAND @WendyWilliams she is the ONLY person who has gone out there in speaking about the loss of #lukeperry who implied he may have had drug issues!!!" one angry fan wrote on Twitter. "What a POS deflecting her crap on a great guy who just passed!! Go away."
I can not STAND @WendyWilliams she is the ONLY person who has gone out there in speaking about the loss of #lukeperry who implied he may have had drug issues!!! What a POS deflecting her crap on a great guy who just passed!! Go away.— Chef Sandy Madewell (@Chef_Madewell) March 5, 2019
Another was in disbelief of Wendy's statement as saying, "Luke Perry just passed and #WendyWilliams is actually speculating as to if it was drug related.. Let that man RIP..his passing is shocking and sad enough.."
Another disgusted viewer posted, "Please don't assume he passed away from substance/alcohol abuse your story is YOUR story. Let the doctors share the facts for Luke Perry #WendyWilliams."
Someone else called the daytime talk show host "a sad a pathetic human being." She wrote, "Shame on you @WendyWilliams . Just mentioning that Luke Perry 'might' have been a substance abuser... you just Had to go there. You are a sad a pathetic human being. Shame on you."
Shame on you @WendyWilliams . Just mentioning that Luke Perry "might" have been a substance abuser... you just Had to go there. You are a sad a pathetic human being. Shame on you. 😡🙄😡— Kelly Richardson (@onekellygirl72) March 5, 2019
Bringing up Wendy's rumored cheating husband, another chimed in, "@WendyWilliams speculating that Luke Perry was a drug addict with no evidence while ignoring her husband's cheating with a bunch of evidence shows that she really is trash."
@WendyWilliams speculating that Luke Perry was a drug addict with no evidence while ignoring her husband’s cheating with a bunch of evidence shows that she really is trash— Jay Kentrell (@THEE_Kentrell) March 5, 2019
Speaking of her "lifelong battle" with substance abuse, Wendy said on the show, "You know this about me. I told you I've had my about with substance abuse. Once you're a substance abuse user, you have to battle that for the rest of your life."
"I realized I am a walking addict. You can't just clean it up and stop it. I wasted a lot of my life burning my insides," she admitted. "You never know when it can pop up. I constantly have to watch the inside of my body because of hard partying, just a mess."
Luke died on Monday, March 4 after being hospitalized due to a massive stroke a few days prior. While he was "talking," alert and responsive at first, his condition reportedly took a grave turn after he arrived at St. Joseph's in Burbank.
A source tells Us Weekly that the "Riverdale" star was immediately placed under heavy sedation in order to give his brain the opportunity to heal while his "loved ones were hoping they'd pull him out of it after 48 hours or so."
"But he never recovered. It was devastating," the source adds, leading his family to make the difficult decision to take him off life support five days later. He was surrounded by his children, Jack Perry and Sophie Perry, ex-wife Rachel "Minnie" Sharp, fiancee Wendy Madison Bauer and other close family members and friends at the time of his death.