Wendy Williams apologizes to Blue Bombers’ Adam Bighill for cleft lip gesture

Joaquin Phoenix

Wendy Williams mimicked the facial features of actor Joaquin Phoenix, who has a cleft lip or palate, on January 7 on her daytime TV show The Wendy Williams Show, eliciting laughter from her audience.

According to the Centers For Disease Control and Prevention, a cleft palate occurs when the baby's lips and mouth don't form properly while in the womb. But, Wendy Williams did not stop there, she further in the show, hooked her finger in her lips and tried to imitate the common birth defect.

While Phoenix has never addressed the scar on his lip, fans of the decorated actor were not happy with Williams' comments.

Adam Bighill, a Canadian professional football player who was born with a cleft lip and palate and whose son Beau was also born with the condition, has been demanding an apology from Williams for days on Twitter. Reportedly, he and his son, Beau, also have the condition.

"We're thinking about Beau today as he is in surgery", Williams tweeted out Wednesday evening.


As Ambassador for Cleft Lip and Palate Association @CLAPACOMMUNITY I really am disgusted by this @wendywilliams.

The talk show host, Wendy Williams openly made fun of the Academy Award nominee Joaquin Phoenix's cleft lip.

Social media is not feeling Wendy Williams' latest gaffe. "Have you any idea the pain and operations a child with cleft must go through as they grow?"

On Bighill's public Twitter account, he thanked Williams for her apology, donations and well wishes for Beau's surgery.

As it was noted above, Wendy has fought with celebrities and other entertainers before. "He's got one of those - what do you call it?"

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