Wendy Williams has responded to a recent dig from fellow radio veteran Howard Stern, who took a shot at her for receiving a prestigious radio industry recognition before he did.
While discussing the Critic’s Choice Awards on Monday’s episode of his SiriusXM show, Stern, noted that the ceremony doesn’t acknowledge radio personalities, which led him to take a subtle shot at Williams, who was inducted into the Radio Hall of Fame one year before he was.
“No offense to Wendy Williams, but they put Wendy Williams in before me,” he quipped on air (via People).
Williams, who worked in radio for years before shifting to TV, addressed the shade head-on during Tuesday’s “Hot Topics” segment of her daytime talk show, saying she doesn’t know why it seems Stern is always looking to “fight” with her.
“Now you looky here Howard, I’m tired of fighting with you, man,” Williams said. “Why do you always have to fight with me? Because you think I’m the low-lying fruit? Why? … Why are you and I always fighting? I wasn’t fighting with you, I’m minding my own business.”
She later quipped, “Howard, all I am saying is, keep your hundreds of thousands of dollars, your beautiful wife Beth, all of those animals that you will rescue and be happy, man. And stop hating on me. Because I don’t hate you!”
Williams received her honor in 2011 while Stern followed in 2012.
She went on to acknowledge that based purely on radio stats, Stern should’ve been recognized first, calling him a “hero.”
“There’s nothing you can say that will make me stop loving you, Howard … personally and professionally, I admire you, Howard Stern, and they, the Radio Hall of Fame, were wrong for that.”
Wendy said the “only reason” she was inducted before “the king of all media” was because of her talk show, which debuted in 2008.
This is far from the first time these two have bumped heads. Last March, the on-again, off-again friends exchanged words over Williams accusing Stern of going “Hollywood,” which led the radio icon to question Williams taking several weeks off of work to battle a “mystery illness,” which turned out to be Graves’ disease.
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