Tuesday (May 30) was a tough day for Wendy Williams, who tearfully acknowledged an empty seat in the audience of The Wendy Williams Show. It belonged to a victim of the Manchester Arena bombing who happened to be at Ariana Grande's concert last week, who was also a Wendy watcher and social media personality named Martyn Hett.
"Martyn was supposed to be in our Wendy audience yesterday and today. He saved for two years to have a fabulous time in New York and come to our show. He called it a trip of a lifetime on his social media," Williams explained to her viewers. "He's remembered as a man who loved life, like all my people, who loved life with passion, courage and laughter."
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Manchester bombing victim Martyn Hett
Manchester bombing victim Martyn Hett
Hi my name's martyn and I can't remember the last time I didn't wear dungarees
Weather app: it's above 0 degrees
Happy birthday you beautiful man 💞
It's bank holiday, bitches!
It's been at least 6 months since my last bathroom mirror selfie, I'm sorry I let you all down x
REPRESENTING SK3 #Stockport #StockportMassive
Tala the office dog has had her hair done and she looks like an 80s diva, I'm obsessed 😍
☀️ is there anything better than the sun?
My flatmate is fitter than yours
Happy bday to the realest bitch in the game 💄
Absolutely gorj 24 hours with one of my all time faves 💞
Serving up some Asian realne$$ tonight. Shout out to @furquan for his impeccable styling 💎
Having a fun day directing the follow up to my music video that rocked the world last year #MartynHettProductions
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After choking back tears while explaining the heartbreaking situation, Williams said she called Hett's close friend in London to tell her she was paying tribute to him. Hett's friend was floored and said that he would love knowing what Williams is doing to honor one of her loyal viewers.
"So Martyn, in honor of you, we're keeping that chair open," she concluded. "And our thoughts and prayers go out to you and your family."
The same day of Williams' tribute to Hett, Grande announced that she'll be returning to Manchester for a benefit concert next week. Featuring performances from Grande herself along with Justin Bieber, Nicki Minaj, Miley Cyrus, Katy Perry and Pharrell (among others), the event will take place June 4 at Emirates Old Trafford cricket ground. All net ticket proceeds from the show will go to the We Love Manchester emergency fund.
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Wendy Williams out and about
Wendy Williams out and about
NEW YORK, NY - APRIL 17: Talk show host Wendy Williams attends Build Series to discuss her daytime talk show at Build Studio on April 17, 2017 in New York City. (Photo by Steve Zak Photography/FilmMagic)
NEW YORK, NY - APRIL 12: TV personality Wendy Williams attends Resident Magazine celebration at Lovage on April 12, 2017 in New York City. (Photo by Astrid Stawiarz/Getty Images)
NEW YORK, NY - FEBRUARY 06: Television personality Wendy Williams enters the 'The Late Show With Stephen Colbert' taping at the Ed Sullivan Theater on February 06, 2017 in New York City (Photo by Ray Tamarra/GC Images)
NEW YORK, NY - APRIL 12: Television Host Wendy Williams speaks at the Vital Signs of Bowel Health Event at Apella on April 12, 2017 in New York City. (Photo by Cindy Ord/Getty Images for Allergan)
WASHINGTON, DC - NOVEMBER 21: Wendy Williams hosts the Thurgood Marshall College Fund 28th Annual Awards Gala at Washington Hilton on November 21, 2016 in Washington, DC. (Photo by Larry French/Getty Images for Thurgood Marshall College Fund)
WASHINGTON, DC - NOVEMBER 21: Television personality and host Wendy Williams attends the Thurgood Marshall College Fund 28th Annual Awards Gala at Washington Hilton on November 21, 2016 in Washington, DC. (Photo by Teresa Kroeger/Getty Images for Thurgood Marshall College Fund)
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NEW YORK, NY - SEPTEMBER 08: TV Personality Wendy Williams visits SiriusXM at SiriusXM Studio on September 8, 2016 in New York City. (Photo by Roy Rochlin/Getty Images)
NEW YORK, NY - OCTOBER 25: Wendy Williams attends the 33rd Annual Alzheimer's Association Rita Hayworth Gala at Cipriani 42nd Street on October 25, 2016 in New York City. (Photo by Roy Rochlin/Getty Images)
NEW YORK, NY - JULY 19: Wendy Williams visits at SiriusXM Studio on July 19, 2016 in New York City. (Photo by Rob Kim/Getty Images)
NEW YORK, NY - JUNE 9: Wendy Williams attends Pat Cleveland 'Walking with the Muses' hosted by Andre Leon Talley, Zac Posen, Anna Cleveland, Sean MacPherson, David Kuhn and Rachelle Hruska at The Jane Hotel on June 9, 2016 in New York City. (Photo by Sean Zanni/Patrick McMullan via Getty Images)
NEW YORK, NY - JUNE 09: Wendy Williams speaks on stage during the 7th Annual amfAR Inspiration Gala at Skylight at Moynihan Station on June 9, 2016 in New York City. (Photo by Kevin Tachman/Getty Images)
LATE NIGHT WITH SETH MEYERS -- Episode 373 -- Pictured: (l-r) Wendy Williams during an interview with host Seth Meyers on May 19, 2016 -- (Photo by: Lloyd Bishop/NBC/NBCU Photo Bank via Getty Images)
NEW YORK, NEW YORK - APRIL 07: (L-R) Andre Leon Talley, Wendy Williams, and Marc Jacobs attend as Marc Jacobs & Benedikt Taschen celebrate NAOMI at The Diamond Horseshoe on April 7, 2016 in New York City. (Photo by Dimitrios Kambouris/Getty Images for Marc Jacobs International, LLC)
NEW YORK, NY - APRIL 30: Wendy Williams and Chief Operating Officer at Maggy London Inc. Jonathan Lefkowitz in attendance at Maggy Loves Moms Luncheon on April 30, 2016 in New York City. (Photo by Steve Mack/Getty Images)
UNIVERSAL CITY, CA - MARCH 11: Wendy Williams visits 'Extra' at Universal Studios Hollywood on March 11, 2016 in Universal City, California. (Photo by Noel Vasquez/Getty Images)
NEW YORK, NY - FEBRUARY 10: Wendy Williams attends the Keds Centennial Celebration at Center548 on February 10, 2016 in New York City. (Photo by Santiago Felipe/Getty Images)
NEW YORK, NEW YORK - FEBRUARY 01: Talk Show host Wendy Williams attends #HealthyHeartSelfie Challenge at Initiative New York Headquarters on February 1, 2016 in New York City. (Photo by Steve Zak Photography/FilmMagic)
NEW YORK, NY - JANUARY 11: TV Personality Wendy Williams attends AOL BUILD Series at AOL Studios In New York on January 11, 2016 in New York City. (Photo by Mark Sagliocco/WireImage)