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Next week radio veteran turned talk-show host Wendy Williams is turning 50 years-old, and as she embark on her first stand-up show in Las Vegas, she’s addressing rumors that have circulated for years.

Williams says she was not born a man.

In a recent interview with ABC News, Williams discusses not only her tortured childhood, but also how it feels to have people call her a man.

“That is absolutely not [true],” she said of claims she’s a man. 

“I get it. I’ve got a strong face, a strong body, I’m 5’11. I wear wigs. I get it,” she said graciously with a smile. “Do I get upset with it? No.”

But that doesn’t mean Williams enjoys being called a man. “I get where that comes from, but in my opinion, there’s no worse way to insult a woman than to say she looks like a man … [but] there’s nothing you can call me at this particular point. I’ve been dealing with this for decades.”

As with a lot of comdians, both old and new, plenty of stand-up material is derived from their childhood, and when her show opens up tonight in Las Vegas, Williams plans on talking about things that hurt her the most. Including be fat shamed by her own parents.

“I had a very tortured childhood,” she claimed. “I didn’t grow up the popular girl, or the popular cheerleader. I’ve never been to a prom, I didn’t have a lot of boyfriends, so I’m used to being on this side of life.”

Williams’ one woman show “Lipshtick” opens tonight in Las Vegas.

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  • Mary Burrell

    And yet she she says ugly mean and hateful things about other people.

  • Mary Burrell

    And she criticized Viola Davis for wearing her natural hair and said “She looked manly.” That was just her opinion, Viola looked radiant. At least Viola has hair.

  • [email protected]

    Certainly the lesson here is that two wrongs don’t make a right. Folks were wrong for disrespecting her. Yet, she is wrong for using disrespectful language to others during the time that she had her radio show (and afterwards). On her radio show, she issued blistering attacks on people. Yes, Viola Davis does look beautiful and radiant.

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