Wendy Williams faces backlash for joke about celebrity sex therapist Amie Harwick's death

Williams evoked the famous "The Price Is Right" catchphrase "Come on down!" in discussing the death of Amie Harwick, who was found beneath a third-story balcony. Harwick was previously engaged to "The Price is Right" host Drew Carey.
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Wendy Williams attends the world premiere of Apple's "The Morning Show" at the David Geffen Hall on Oct. 28, 2019, in New York.Evan Agostini / Invision/AP file

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By Gwen Aviles

Days after she came under fire for saying gay men should "stop wearing our skirts and our heels" on an episode of her daytime talk show, Wendy Williams is being criticized for appearing to make insensitive remarks about the death of celebrity sex and relationship therapist Amie Harwick.

"Drew Carey's ex-fiance was tragically murdered over the weekend," Williams said of Harwick. "She was killed. Not by Drew."

Williams then yelled the famous "The Price Is Right" catchphrase, "Come on down!" and shifted her head, as if miming watching someone fall.

According to authorities, officers were called to Harwick's Los Angeles home at 1:16 a.m. after a report of a "woman screaming." Upon entering the property, officers found Harwick beneath a third-story balcony with injuries consistent with a fall. They arrested Harwick's ex-boyfriend, Gareth Pursehouse, whom she had previously filed a restraining order against, on a murder charge Saturday.

Upon watching the episode, some viewers called for Williams to be terminated from her position, citing a series of "inappropriate" comments from the talk show host.

"Hey @WendyWilliams- CLASSLESS MOVE making a joke about a domestic violence victim," the musician Nita Strauss wrote. "Amie Harwick, an amazing woman and champion for mental health awareness was senselessly killed and you used it as an opportunity for a one liner."

"So far in 2020 and bearing in mind its only [February]," another viewer wrote. "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!"

Similar calls for Williams' termination were made last week after she made remarks perceived as anti-LGBTQ. On Friday, Williams apologized for those remarks in a video posted to her social media accounts.

"I’m not out of touch. Except for perhaps yesterday by saying what I said," Williams said in a video posted to social media. "So I deeply apologize and I deeply appreciate the support that I get from the community. I will do better."