On The Wendy Williams Show, Wendy Williams made it clear that she's not here for the hate Kim Kardashian West and Kendall Jenner received at the 2019 Emmy Awards. While presenting the award for Outstanding Reality TV Series on Sunday night's broadcast, the famous sisters from Keeping Up With the Kardashians were met with laughter from the audience. On her September 23 show, Williams addressed the controversy and provided her own rationale for the giggling among the crowd.
As prominent figures among the reality TV community and beyond, Kardashian and Jenner were an obvious choice to present a reality TV award. While introducing the nominees, the sisters outlined their own experience as TV stars. The laughable part, at least to the Emmy audience, stemmed from Kardashian-West's claim that their show followed real people just being themselves. Her comments were immediately followed by assertions from Jenner that Keeping Up With the Kardashians is "unfiltered and unscripted." While the audience found the moment to be truly comical, Williams believes their laughter stems from a different source: jealousy.
While discussing the Kardashian-Jenner drama on Monday's episode, Williams, never one to shy away from controversy, claimed that anyone who laughed at the famous sisters was simply jealous of their success. “You take your big education, going to drama school and all that other kind of - these girls make more money than the whole building," Williams said, according to People. She went on to the address the plight of actors and actresses in the audience, comparing their slow grind to the accelerated fame of the Kardashian clan. While many attendees worked for years for their success, the Kardashians made a splash by simply being themselves. Speaking directly to the Kardashians, she claimed that Emmy attendees were still trying to devalue the family's triumphs, despite their continued success. She ended her speech by telling the Kardashian clan to shrug off the laughter and remain confident in what they can accomplish with their abilities.
The Kardashian sisters have yet to comment on the drama themselves. In fact, they seem fairly unbothered by the whole situation. Each has shared backstage photos of their outfits and preparations before the awards ceremony, with no comment as to the awkward laughter that marked their appearance as a stand-out moment of the evening.
While Williams certainly has a point regarding the chuckling of the crowd, she fails to recognize the disconnected nature of the award presenters. Anyone who's taken a moment to watch Keeping Up With the Kardashians would hardly describe it as "real people just being themselves." Most real people don't jet around on private planes, build custom houses, and glean large chunks of their income from Instagram endorsements. While jealousy may account for part of the laughter from the crowd, it's also possible that many audience members truly believed the Kardashian sisters were making a joke, and responded accordingly. While it's nice for Williams to stand behind the Kardashian clan, claiming that a room full of celebrated actors and actresses uniformly laughed out of jealousy is reductive and fails to take into account the widespread success of the entire audience.