Wendy Williams apologizes to Blue Bombers’ Adam Bighill for cleft lip gesture

Wendy Williams

Wendy Williams mimicked the facial features of actor Joaquin Phoenix, who has a cleft lip or palate, on January 7 on her daytime TV show The Wendy Williams Show, eliciting laughter from her audience.

The Wendy Williams Show host has made a name for herself in the entertainment industry as a effect of her unfiltered nature, and while many of her viewers love it, it can still get her into trouble sometimes. Williams hasn't addressed the social media comments yet and probably won't. Famously, Williams got into a feud with 50 Cent, née Curtis Jackson, over the strained relationship he has with one of his sons.

Adam Bighill and his son were both born with bilateral cleft lip and palate.

Williams followed up her comment by hooking her finger over her top lip in order to imitate the somewhat common birth defect. The 45-year-old actor Joaquin Phoenix who essayed the character named Arthur Fleck in the highly appreciated film Joker, never openly spoke about the scar on his lip.

Canadian footballer Adam Bighill who was born with cleft lips and also has a child with the condition has demanded an apology from Wendy Williams for the past five days.

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"@WendyWilliams comments/actions towards the cleft community clearly promotes bullying", Bighill tweeted Wednesday.

The fans and followers of the Joker star Joaquin Phoenix took social media by storm when Wendy Williams made a remark on his cleft lip.

A cleft is a gap or split in the upper lip and/or the roof of the mouth and is present from birth. "Have you any idea the pain and operations a child with cleft must go through as they grow?" she tweeted.

Williams also encouraged her viewers to learn more and support the cleft community.

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