Wendy Williams secretly had to make a correction to her shopping trip story involving Nene Leakes. The TV host had initially claimed she was racially profiled in Bergdorf Goodman when they were “followed” by security. Leakes denied feeling that way and the department store said they were going to investigate the incident. However, on her daytime talk show, Wendy Williams added a missing piece to the story that changed everything.
RHOA: What did Wendy Williams say?
Over the weekend Wendy Williams said she met The Real Housewives of Atlanta stars Nene Leakes and Marlo Hampton. The girls went shopping in Bergdorf Goodman and even had lunch there.
“Nene sent her car. The car picked me up and dropped me off at Bergdorf’s. The girls were waiting. This is like a glamour suite they have in Bergdorf,” Williams said on her talk show. “We each had a salesgirl. We gave them each of our mates. They pick up stuff… Nene bought a handful of gowns. Marlo recharged a lot of stuff.”
Wendy Williams didn’t give a clear context when it happened, but she said the store staff treated the trio like “the hood.”
“We didn’t just shop, we went upstairs and had lunch, the whole piece. The three of us take over. And can I tell you something about security? They treated us like “the hood,” she said. “You can earn what you want, you can do what you want, but if you are what you are, you better not be surprised at how people treat you. We were followed as if we were about to do something.”
Because three high-profile women were racially profiled in a high-end department store, the story became viral and many people had a lot to say about it.
Bergdorf Goodman said they knew nothing about the incident, but that they would investigate what had happened.
“Bergdorf Goodman and his parent company Neiman Marcus Group are committed to ensuring that all customers, guests and employees are treated with respect and dignity in a safe and secure shopping environment,” BET stated. “Our policy prohibits any form of profiling and all claims will be thoroughly investigated”.
Wendy rectifies her story
It took two decades before Williams returned to Bergdorf at the request of Leakes and Hampton, who wanted to shop there. Williams said it was now a “totally different atmosphere”.
“I didn’t feel a hot breath in my neck. We each had our own salesmen. We had lunch, shopped, treated very well,” she said.
After their shopping and lunch, Williams said both girls RHOA their goodbyes to her. When Hampton kissed her goodbye, she told her they were being followed by security.
“One of them says, ‘You realise we were being followed the whole time. That’s the part I left out of my story,” continued Williams. “A lot of you said, ‘Well Wendy, if you were being followed, why did you buy something? I didn’t know anything about that. There are people who see things like that. When you’re born brown, it’s just a natural thing. I’m smart enough to understand that I was treated graciously. That’s the story, I didn’t feel anything about it, [and] I didn’t see any successor.”
Williams had made it look like she and her friends were profiled at first. The rectified story shifted all the blame to Hampton.