Television personality Wendy Williams has come forward to speak out on the backlash her “Aaliyah: The Princess of R&B” Lifetime film received over the past few days.
Williams, who executive-produced the film, addressed her critics on a broadcast of the “Wendy” show this week.
“Everybody got an opinion,” Wendy said during her “Wendy” broadcast. “Well I must tell you, whether you loved or hated, you watched. It was the second highest-rated movie on all of cable this year so far. Not just Lifetime, but all of cable. And I must say, ‘Flowers In The Attic’ was number one, then us, so thank you. We all have opinions. But I must say if you still want to see the Aaliyah movie it comes on tonight at 8 o’clock on Lifetime. Thank-you! And by the way, you, Alexandra Shipp did a terrific job as Aaliyah.” (“Wendy”)
Check out Wendy Williams’ comments right here…
Music producer Timbaland said the decision to put Aaliyah’s life story out for the first time as a TV movie upset him the most this week.
“I don’t know whose fault it it,” Tim responded when asked about the Lifetime production before saying the fact Aaliyah’s life story would be told for a made-for-TV upset him the most. “That’s what made me kinda go off the way I did. It was the first initial time and it was like, ‘Wow. This is how y’all are gonna really do it? Y’all are really gonna put this out?” I always thought it was a rumor. I thought it was a joke. Evidently it wasn’t then I started to realize, ‘Wait a minute, this is really real.’ … I shouldn’t have never paid it any attention.” (Hot 97)
According to the executive producers, their only intent was to remember and honor Aaliyah’s short-lived life.
Executive producers Howard Braunstein and Debra Martin Chase, along with author Christopher Farley (whose book “Aaliyah: More Than a Woman” was the basis for the movie) explained that they aimed to create a very tasteful tribute to a star who “led an incredible life in 22 short years.” (Washington Post)
Timbaland showed no mercy to Lifetime over its production last weekend.