During a rare emotional moment, daytime diva Wendy Williams broke down while discussing Whitney Houston’s death on her show Monday. The talk show host, who is infamous for her prickly and prying celebrity commentary, cried when drawing parallels between Houston’s struggle with addiction and her own.
“I wished for us both to be really sober and really aware,” a tearful Williams told her audience. “I knew I’d meet her one day, but I always pictured that time to be in our late 50s, 60s with her being -- the No. 1 spokesperson for ‘Say No.’”
Williams said the pair only met in person once in 1985 when Houston was a rising star and Williams was a student doing college radio in Boston. The women have a thorny history which includes a notorious 2003 radio interview where Williams interrogated Houston about drug use.
Williams said she had hoped to reconnect with the singer to promote addiction awareness. Williams told her audience it had been 15 years “since I smoked last on a crack pipe” and encouraged viewers to reach out to those with substance abuse problems.
“She’s my Jersey girl,” Williams said of Houston. “I love you Whitney.”
Watch the heartfelt monologue below:
Programming Note: All this week, tune in to HLN’s Nancy Grace at 8 p.m. ET, live from Hollywood, for up-to-the-minute details surrounding Whitney Houston's death, followed by Dr. Drew at 9 p.m. ET with more on the singer's battles with addiction. HLN will begin live coverage at 9 a.m. ET Saturday for funeral events in New Jersey on “ Farewell to Whitney Houston.”