Wendy Williams reveals how covering celebrities has gotten 'easier' over the years


Wendy Williams isn't afraid to tackle the topics that everyone else finds uncomfortable -- she never has been.

As the host of long-running talk show, "The Wendy Williams Show," the recognizable television personality has made countless headlines of her own with her colorful and no-holds-barred takes on pop culture's biggest Hot Topics.

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"That's my job -- to make people feel comfortable with things that aren't so comfortable," she explained exclusively to AOL Entertainment at a recent event with Allergan, Ironwood and the American Gastroenterological Association aimed at reducing the stigma around IBS.

As the so-called Pope of Pop Culture, Williams has made a career out of providing commentary on hot-button celebrity stories and saying what everyone else is thinking.

We recently caught up with Wendy Williams to talk about her ever-evolving career, the changing celebrity landscape and why she feels compelled to speak out on certain topics.

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How do you think the celebrity landscape has changed over the years that you've been covering it? Are celebrities less willing to make mistakes these days?

It hasn't changed for me, because there's more access! They're putting out more crazy moments, and even if it's not the top three that we love, it's the other three on the top 10 that we'll talk about. It's become easier and easier as a pop culture ... what do they call me at Hot Topics? As a Pop Culture Pope! They call me the Pope of Pop Culture. So, as the Pope of Pop Culture, I must say that with the internet and everyone just talking all the time, you've made my job much easier to get the information. Now, to filter out the BS, that's what the bureau is for. You filter it out, and I'm going to sleep. Talk to you in the morning. [Laughs]

How do you see your career continuing to evolve in the future?

Through things like this! I love doing the talk show, but I definitely want to continue producing outside projects. My HSN line is doing really well. I would love to be in company of people like Allergan -- things I approve of personally -- not that I lie about, because a lot of people lie.

How did you get involved with Allergan's Toilet Talk campaign? Why did you feel the urge to speak out on this?

Poop is a really big subject in my house and in my life. It really is. When Allergan came along, I thought it was perfect. I go every day, though I recall minor bouts of constipation here and there in my life. Also, [there's] diarrhea, which we all get here and there. But, for the most part -- 95 percent of the time -- I go twice a day [without a problem].

What would you say to people that would be embarrassed to talk about something like IBS?

Start with a doctor -- a doctor you already have in your fray. Loved ones don't necessarily understand. But, for instance, before this project had come along, I had ironically asked my doctor what the difference was between sinkers and floaters.


Oh, you laugh!

I guess that's the natural reaction to what you said, though.

Yep. We had a regular conversation about it, and it wasn't a big deal.

Is it important for you to talk about more serious or uncomfortable topics like this in addition to what you're known to talk about, which are things having more to do with pop culture?

Yeah, that's my job -- to make people feel comfortable with things that aren't so comfortable.

This interview has been edited and condensed.

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