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Not long after returning from a two-month leave for medical reasons on Monday, host Wendy Williams was back at the helm of The Wendy Williams Show and immediately stirring things up with her defense of Michael Jackson amid child sex abuse allegations.
Her comments came after the airing of Part 1 of HBO’s two-part documentary Leaving Neverland, in which two men describe allegations of sexual abuse by Jackson.
Williams characterized the accusers’ stories as “lies,” and then went on to break down which parts she believed and which parts she didn’t.
“I do believe a shower in the nude. I don’t believe there was any sexual touching,” Williams said. “I do believe sleepovers in the same bed. I do believe that if mother nature takes its course you get a hard penis. I don’t believe touching and I don’t believe sex.”
Some viewers on Twitter were loving Williams for coming to the defense of Jackson.
Wow! Good for her for not piling on like the rest.
Hopefully since she started it, others will do the same.
— arabella (@ilmjj) March 5, 2019
Thank you @WendyWilliams for speaking out against this disgusting excuse for a documentary / movie. I officially like you much more than before. Happy that someone with a big following spoke out against it #michaeljackson #mj #MJinnocent #wendywilliams
— _speechlessmj_ (@speechlessmj2) March 4, 2019
Wow, I respect @WendyWilliams a little bit more now
— andy #MJINNOCENT (@Moonwalk_Grande) March 5, 2019
Loving #WendyWilliams for coming in defense of Michael Jackson on Leaving Neverland. It healed my anger towards Oprah Winfrey on the same subject. Wendy is right. It’s all about the money.
— paul uwadima (@pauluwadima) March 5, 2019
But others weren’t so happy with the longtime host.
— Rocio: Sometimes Max the cat hijacks my acct (@Rocio__1) March 4, 2019
— BravOandMe (@bravotvand) March 4, 2019
— Author NyRee Ausler (@NyReeWrites) March 4, 2019
#WendyWilliams doesn’t believe that Michael Jackson can do what he did be she knew him so well. This coming from the woman who didn’t want Bill Cosby to go to jail for raping 50+ women. Way to support the victims Wendy.
— Anton Jeter (@AntonTerry85) March 4, 2019
@WendyWilliams feel disappointed by your comments today re sexual abuse allegations about Michael Jackson. We should believe survivors of sexual abuse no matter how famous the perpetrator
— Paula (@paulasparlour) March 4, 2019
Williams also defended Jackson’s father, Joe Jackson, whose own longtime abuse allegations have caused many to blame him for his son’s alleged behavior.
“I believe that Joe Jackson — rest in peace — he did the best that he could in raising this showbiz family,” Williams said. “Michael became the star of the family, and even though he had all those siblings, he was still trapped in being Michael, in Michael world. He was sequestered into his part of the house, doing his thing.”
The Wendy Williams Show airs weekdays, check local listings.
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