The well-known sex therapist died after a fall from a balcony following an alleged assault by her ex-boyfriend.
Wendy Williams has found herself on the receiving end of criticism after appearing to joke insensitively about the death of Drew Carey's ex-fiancee, Dr. Amie Harwick.
The well-known sex therapist died after a fall from a balcony allegedly following an attack by her ex-boyfriend Gareth Pursehouse. Carey has canceled tapings of "The Price Is Right" as he deals with the emotional fallout of her death. But Williams appeared to make light of it during her show.
First, she made an insensitive comment while describing how Harwick died to her audience, emphasizing that "she was killed. Not by Drew."
She then seemed to invoke the classic "Price Is Right" phrase "Come on down!" as she first looked up and then down to the floor as if watching something -- or someone -- fall.
This proved even too much for her audience, who gasped audibly when she made her "not by Drew" comment, and met her follow-up joke with groans and dead silence.
As TMZ reported, police were called to Harwick's third-floor home by her roommate, who told them that Harwick was being assaulted.
Harwick had previously taken out a restraining order against her ex Pursehouse, but it had since expired. Authorities reportedly found evidence of a struggle and Pursehouse was later arrested and booked for murder in connection with Harwick's death. He is being held on $2 million bail.
Carey and Harwick were briefly engaged in 2018 after a year of dating. "Amie and I had a love that people are lucky to have once in a lifetime. She was a positive force in the world, a tireless and unapologetic champion for women, and passionate about her work as a therapist," Drew said in a statement received by TMZ of his ex-fiancee.
He continued, "I am overcome with grief. I would like to thank you in advance for giving myself and everyone who loved Amie privacy while we try to work through this tragic situation."
Fans, though, absolutely lit up social media at what they perceived as incredible insensitivity on the part of Williams, who just a few days ago was apologizing for making disparaging comments about the LGBTQ+ community. You can check out their latest outrage below:
So far in 2020 and bearing in mind its only febuary. Wendy Williams has joked about Joaquin Pheonix' cleft lip, told gay men to stop wearing our dresses and now has joked about Drew Careys ex Amie Hardwick dying by falling off a balcony by saying "just get down". Disgraceful! pic.twitter.com/8B7BJZfWXa
I KNOW #WendyWilliams did NOT just make a "come on down" joke about Drew Carey's ex-fiancee getting killed by being thrown off of a third floor balcony !!!! Somebody tell me i heard that wrong, please..but the audience is stone-cold quiet..
I liked @WendyWilliams but today's comment has changed my view. Wendy talked about the murder of Amie Harwick, then commented "Come on down" referring to Drew Carey on The Price is Right, then Wendy looked down to the floor indicating Amie Harwick falling to her death. Disgusting
WOW @WendyWilliams DOING THAT “COME ON DOWN” WHILE TALKING ABOUT DREW CAREY'S EX GETTING THROWN OFF A BALCONY IS HORRIBLE!! VERY DISGRACEFUL SHE SHOULD BE THROWN OFF THE AIR. YOURE A HORRIBLE PERSON WENDY. VERY POOR TASTE.
#WendyWilliams Youre the prime example of a big mouth disgrace on tv. Your show needs to be cancelled after remarks about Drew Carey's Ex fiancé's death. Such a pathetic excuse for a talk show host and if you don't have a brain to think and say something decent...STFU S.A.B
@WendyWilliams How dare you mock the death of Drew Carey's ex-girlfriend? You are proving yet again how disgusting you really are. Any “apologies” about this are useless at this point. You can't redeem yourself now.
So in 1 month, @WendyWilliams made a homophobic joke, a joke about Joaquin Phoenix's “cleft lip”, and now made a Price is Right joke about Drew Carey's murdered ex fiancée? When is she FINALLY going to be canceled?
@WendyWilliams u should be ashamed for saying what u said about Drew's ex. Have sum effing respect. For others. For her family and loved ones. You are a despicable human being. A complete mess that needs to be canceled.