AceShowbiz - Amid her addiction struggle, Wendy Williams has another problem to deal with. An audience member of "The Wendy Williams Show" reveals that she and her friends have been discriminated due to their age and race.
Talking to Page Six, Diane Stevens shares that she and her two friends arrived at the studio for the daytime show taping at 6.30 A.M. "I was coming from The Bronx, and I had to take a bus and two trains," the 60-year-old explains.
"So because we have canes they let us sit down inside the audience holding [area]," she goes on explaining. "Then the audience coordinator comes on the headset and she looks at us and says into the headset, 'I am taking the tickets from the older people.' "
Stevens then claims that the staff members took away their tickerts before escorting them out of the building. "It was so humiliating," she says of the incident.
Stevens, who is white, goes on alleging that their tickets were given to three young African- American women. It makes her believe that the reasons behind the discrimination are their age and race.
The show has responded to the allegations with a spokesperson saying, "We have the best audience in daytime and we provide a welcoming, fun environment for all of Wendy's co-hosts [as Williams refers to her audience]."
In related news, Wendy was spotted arriving at the sober house on Tuesday, March 19, just hours after she made announcement on her show that she's been living in the Long Island facility. She was clad in a cheetah-patterned puffer jacket and black leggings. She had a box of meal in one of her hands.
"After I finished my appointments, seeing my brothers and sisters, breaking bread, I am driven by my 24-hour sober coach back to the home that I live in here in the Tri-state with a bunch of smelly boys who have become my family," Wendy tearfully told her viewers in the Tuesday broadcast. "They hog the TV and watch soccer, we talk and read and talk and read and then I get bored with them. Doors locked by 10 P.M. Lights out by 10 P.M. So I go to my room, and I stare at the ceiling and I fall asleep to wake up and come back here to see you. So that is my truth."
"Wendy has been brave enough to make herself the face of addiction. It’s a disease and a very real and constant fight. It’s been extremely difficult to put herself out there and be vulnerable (as this is such a private struggle), but it's too important a topic to ignore," a source said to Entertainment Tonight. "She is known for keeping it real, and felt the need to keep it real for her fans."