The daytime talk staple “The Wendy Williams Show” lost a sponsor after the host got in hot water over comments she made about race. The Atlanta Journal-Constitution reports that Chevrolet pulled the plug on a deal that included the car maker and other partners in an on-air promotion for the 2016 Chevy Malibu.
The promotion began in April and was scheduled to continue through the end of the year. The move by Chevy comes amid calls on social media to boycott Williams’ show.
The fracas erupted after Williams, talking about actor Jesse Williams’ speech on race at the BET Awards, commented on historically black colleges and the NAACP during her show’s “Hot Topics” segment.
The talk host reportedly said: “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.”
The resulting backlash has included comparisons of Wendy Williams to Stacey Dash, the Fox analyst who offered similar comments during the OscarsSoWhite controversy earlier this year.