Minaj, 37, whose birth name is Onika Tanya Maraj, had her first baby with husband Kenneth Petty, 42, in Los Angeles on Sept. 30. Instead of showing Minaj love and moving on to the next subject, however, Williams said in the very next sentence that she doesn’t believe Minaj is a legend.
“Nicki had the baby yesterday. So congratulations to Nicki. She too is not a ‘legend.’ Not the way we think of status. And I feel bad for these girls but you know, Salt–N–Pepa never have to put out music. They paid their dues and they did their thing,” Williams said according to a clip of the show that was captured by The Shade Room.
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#PressPlay: Some fans are upset with #WendyWilliams after she said that #NickiMinaj isn’t a legend yet. She congratulated her on having her baby and continued to say that some of today’s artists still have to release more music before they reach legendary status. #Roommates, what are your thoughts? (📹: @wendyshow)
Predictably, The Barbz came after Williams hard. Even Minaj’s contemporaries questioned Williams’ judgement. Rapper Nelly asked incredulously, “How is she not..??? Smh 🤦🏽♂️.”
Comedian Ryan Davis shared Nelly’s sentiments, saying: “I don’t understand the Nicki hate. If Nicki isn’t a legend, then no female rapper is. The list starts with her. You can’t deny what she has done.” And TV host Tanisha Thomas said Williams was messy for no reason. “The Queen knows who she is #periodt sis contributed greatly to the culture. And has made her mark and then some. Next time just say congratulations and go.
“It is time for Wendy to get off AIR, she’s too much!🙄🙄🙄,” one fan said on Instagram, as another quipped, “She basically begging the barbs to destroy her at this point.”
A third person asked “Why couldn’t she say congratulations and go?” And still another surmised that “Wendy for sure do coke after this comment 🙄.”
I know ms.roblox legs didn't comment on the QUEEN NICKI MINAJ???? pic.twitter.com/Wm24xKPzN0
— talksh1tgeth1t (@PurrRitsnuffin) October 3, 2020
Now #WendyWilliams knows #NickiMinaj is legend, she carried the female rap game for over 10 years with no challengers! The only female rapper to acquire over $100 million net worth and the richest! The first black female to have a high fashion line through Fendi….RESPECT HER! pic.twitter.com/YpMUz7Oazj
— I said so. (@charcekage) October 2, 2020