Less than 24 hours from when Wendy Williams publicly announced the firings of key members from her popular “The Wendy Williams Experience” radio show, former co-host Charlamagne Tha God spoke with SOHH about the aftermath.
As previously reported by SOHH, the “Queen of All Media” informed fans yesterday afternoon (November 6) via her WBLS program that much of her production staff were officially let go due to the economy. Despite the shocked reaction from listeners, Charlamagne felt the decision was more personal than business related.
“I feel like there was a red dot on the show,” he told SOHH. “I felt like they were trying to get rid of the head, the bottom will eventually follow. If they’d get rid of Wendy, then I’m definitely gonna keep it moving because that’s my peoples. But maybe they decided to do it another way.”
Admitting the lay off “wasn’t really a shock,” he also believed the Portable People Meter (PPM), which measures how many people listen to individual media outlets including radio stations, was another key reason.
“It’s a whole number of things. Like now we have the new ratings system, PPM. And PPM is a flawed system, everybody knows that, it doesn’t truly tell the tales of what’s going on as far as radio is concerned,” he added. “I guess you got some upper management whose gonna ride with you through that storm knowing that PPM is a flawed system and I guess you got some that aren’t.”
Despite the drastic decision, Charlamagne promised his relationship with Wendy and her husband, Kevin Hunter, would not change.
“Me and Wendy and Kev are good 360 percent,” he said. “That’s family, you know. That has nothing to do with any radio station, that’s family.”
For now, the radio personality will move forward with an upcoming book, working with South Carolina artist Lil’ Ru and considering his future options.
“I’ve had more radio job offers in the past two days than I’ve ever had in my whole radio career,” he added. “I feel like a weight has been lifted off my shoulders, man. Like, I feel great, I feel relieved. And we’re going into ’09 and the number nine symbolizes change, and that’s what 09 is, the highest level of change.”
A rep from WBLS was unavailable for comment at press time.