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Talk show host Wendy Williams loses sponsor after anti-HBCU, NAACP comments

Last week, talk show host, Wendy Williams took a beating when she made offensive comments about  Historically Black Colleges and Universities and the NAACP.

The comments quickly drew internet ire but Roland Martin, host of NewsOne Now on TV One, took a particularly harsh stance.  Martin suggested Williams read a book and get up on history before making such comments.

Now Williams appears to be trying to turn the situation around by inviting Martin to appear on her Monday show, reports

Williams has also reportedly lost a sponsorship with Chevrolet as a result of the comments and there have been calls across social media to boycott her show.

The Wendy Williams Show had a deal with Chevrolet and other partners which included on-air promotion of the 2016 Chevy Malibu. But as of Sunday, the deal -- which began in April and was scheduled to run through the end of the year -- was off.

Last week, in her show segment called "Hot Topics," Williams discussed comments made by actor Jesse Williams during the BET Awards. She then offered up her thoughts on historically black colleges and the NAACP.

"On the other hand, I would be really offended if there was a school that was known as a historically white college. We have historically black colleges. What if there was the National Organization for White People, only? There's the NAACP," she said.




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