UPDATE BELOW THE CUT!
As y’all know, when I sit down to do a recap, I am typing with one eye and watching with the other. This makes for some janky typos and doesn’t give me much time to think of something witty to say, but I learned long ago, speed is better than accuracy when it comes to blogging.
So this morning Wendy Williams came back from vacation. I like to listen to Wendy with my morning coffee (whenever the morning comes for me, I DVR it) because her first 20 minutes is usually a rundown of what is happening on TMZ and a few even less accurate places. If someone died, went to jail or filed for divorce before 10 a.m. I get the complete rundown while moderating and reading comments.
Today, the plan was to recap an interview with Melissa Gorga. Here is how that blog started out.
Both Kelly Ripa and Wendy Williams are back from vacation today and both are super tan. I’m jealous. Wendy shows a photo of herself on the beach in a bikini and she looks amazing. I’m also envious of that! Wendy Williams has been nominated for an Emmy for outstanding host and the show is up for outstanding talk show. Say what you want about Wendy, and I have pointed out that her tea is not always accurate many times, but she has succeeded in an industry where few make it past their first season. Don’t believe me? Ask Bethenny Frankel. You have to show some respect for her hustle. And I record and watch every day. On the other hand, I just checked to see the other nominees, and they nominated The Real which for me is basically saying that there are not that many talk shows on the air anymore, so everyone got a nomination.
But today, I am doing a recap because Melissa Gorga is on the show. This is a bit odd because Wendy had a huge falling out with Andy Cohen (and Bethenny) and stopped promoting Housewives for a long time. I’d be surprised if she ever mentions RHONY again. But since she is from Jersey, perhaps that is why she is allowing Melissa on the show.
I began to notice something was off when Hot Topics went for 23 minutes. As a daily watcher of the show, I know that Hot Topics ends at exactly the 20 minute mark for the first commercial break. Three minutes is big difference. Next there was the other segment that was in the show description, someone from some tabloid talking about more hot topics. There was an interesting story there about Betty White being sued by her former “caretaker” of TWENTY YEARS who now feels like she was mistreated and not paid enough. Really? Bitch, sit down. This seemed to go on a bit longer than usual.
So then we go to commercial and come back to the first of many audience games. On today’s show she did virtually every audience game in her bag and then at the end quickly added in another one that you could tell she was winging. Clearly, she had lots of time to fill. And she seemed a bit rattled.
This was partly because Melissa did not show up. Wendy never said one word about the fact Melissa was supposed to be on. I hung on every second at the end waiting for her to say, “Unfortunately Melissa Gorga was caught in traffic/had a family emergency/ran our of spoons” SOMETHING. But not a mention.
So I looked at Melissa’s timelines. There is nothing on there suggesting we tune in. In fact she hasn’t been on Twitter all day. I reached out to her asking why she wasn’t on but have not heard back. There is nothing on Wendy’s social media time lines either It’s just odd.
And then I checked out Wendy on her after show. Maybe she would tell us there. Nope. It was super short today and Wendy is very clearly worried about a surgical procedure she was having as soon as she left the studio.
Wendy’s mother and husband are going with her, so it is clearly something she needs support for. She says she will update us on hot topics tomorrow. I’ll update y’all as soon as I know something.
What do you make of the Melissa Gorga thing? Since no one promoted it, maybe Melissa had to reschedule some time ago? Filming for RHONJ just ended Saturday. What do y’all think?
UPDATE: Melissa Gorga was never scheduled to be on Wendy yesterday. I either misread the listing that Charter provided, (several times) which is possible, it was the first post of the morning, or the person who typed in the listing was a RHONJ fan who mistyped. So that mystery is solved.
The other mystery was why was Wendy so worried yesterday? It turns out that when Wendy turned 50 she was told to get a colonoscopy. She has a family history of colon cancer so she was afraid to find out the results. So she put it off for a year and finally went in. She got a clean bill of health and was acting like she has a new lease on life today. Glad to hear it all worked out for her.