Outspoken TV host Wendy Williams has criticised Paris Jackson for her Rolling Stone cover and explosive tell-all interview, which hit the news stands this earlier week.
In her first in-depth interview, the daughter of Michael Jackson said she believes her father was murdered, revealed she has attempted suicide “multiple times” and even commented that she “considers herself black.”
Discussing both the magazine’s cover and the bombshell feature during the ‘Hot Topics’ segment of her entertainment show, Williams shared her thoughts on the 18-year-old star’s shocking claims.
“What do you really think about that though?” the 52-year-old presenter asked her audience on Wednesday, continuing: “But can we talk?”
“She has not made her mark on her own. You can’t be on the cover of one of the most prestigious magazines in the world and just be the daughter of [Michael] and tell your story inside.
“She hasn’t made any music that we know of, she’s done the modelling but she’s not on her way.”
Williams said, putting on her editor’s hat, that she would have preferred the King of Pop to feature on the front cover, with Paris’ candid interview presented on the inside pages as it “really does say a lot.”
“I think this would be better if it came out at the time of her father’s anniversary of his death in June. Put a great picture of Michael on the front and then on the inside have Paris doing all the talking because her talk is good.”
After claiming she was “not surprised” that Paris – who was 11 when Michael died – “feels like her father was murdered” and that “she is not alone” in her beliefs, Williams appeared to take issue over the star identifying as a black women.
Williams told the audience: “By the way, she considers herself black, period, and she said she’s not going to address this anymore. Her father constantly reminded her of being black and proud.”
Then, appearing to throw more shade, she added: “At the end of the day, I think it’s terrific because this is the first time in about a year a black woman has been on the cover of Rolling Stone magazine.
“I get that she considers herself black … (but) black is not what you call yourself — it’s what the cops see when they’ve got steel to your neck on a turnpike. But that’s cute.
“Good for you Paris.”