It was nice to receive an invite from Black Entertainment Television International (BET), to attend an exclusive invitation-only event entitled Getting to Know Wendy Williams.
Wendy Williams is the hottest American talk show host who is bringing her unique brand of entertainment to the UK. I felt privileged to be invited as you know me I don’t consider myself a star (even though others say the opposite) and I was amazed to see that it was a who’s who of the British entertainment industry that was in attendance.
It was hosted by the beautiful Jackie Joseph, a great comedy Sketch by the first lady of comedy Angie Le Mar and other guests included Kanya King (MOBO’s), Henry Bonsu (Broadcaster), Sherry Dixon (Broadcaster), Yana Johnson MBE (Yana Cosmetics), Annaliese Dayes (Mahogany Model & BNTM), Dorothy Tenkorang (Mahogany Model & Stylist), Ellen Thomas (Eastenders), Alexander Amoso (Entrepreneur), Angelica Bell (TV Presenter), Michael Underwood (TV Presenter), Valley Fontaine (BBC Radio Producer), Rudolph Walker (Actor), Angela Wynter (Eastenders), Patrick Williams (Chef), Gillian Joseph (Sky News), Mary Bello (My Beautiful Cousin & Journalist) and of course myself Sola Oyebade (Mr Mahogany)
Wendy Williams is known for her celebrated opening line “How you doin’?” and it was definitely an evening where Williams interacted with the audience and engaged in conversation about her broadcasting and writing career, as well as memorable celebrity interviews, whetting the appetite for this exciting addition to BET International’s programming. The Wendy Williams Show combines celebrity gossip, news events, relationship advice, as well as diverse mix of celebrity interviews from film, music, fashion, sports and television. Williams has taken the world of talk by storm with her irreverent and witty commentary on life and continues to make the headlines, with the New York Times calling her show a “breakthrough in daytime”.
Williams, who has made an effortless transition from hosting a top rated national radio show, said: “I am really excited and honoured at this opportunity to take The Wendy Williams Show outside the US and connect with a whole new International audience. Ava Hall, Vice President for Production and Content for BET International said: “These are exciting times for BET internationally and the addition of Wendy Williams Show offers UK viewers the opportunity to see why Wendy is such a valuable asset to the channels weekday line-up. Wendy has a great ability to connect with viewers and guests and we’re confident BET’s UK viewers will warm to her unique brand of entertainment.”
Rob Dauber, the show's Emmy Award-winning executive producer, who has worked with Martha Stewart, Oprah Winfrey and Rosie O'Donnell, said: "Someone like Wendy Williams doesn't come along every day. I am sure that UK audiences will really connect with her, not only as a talk show host but as a person.”
The daily one-hour entertainment show has been a huge success since the show was syndicated nationally in July 2009 and will premier on July 14th 2010 at 9pm on Sky Channel 191 and Freesat 140.
If the evening was anything to go by the Wendy Williams show is sure to be a great hit in the UK and I for one am looking forward to it and will be telling the world to watch it.