During an appearance on V-103’s Frank and Wanda In the Morning show, Williams went in on a number of his fellow comedians, including Lil Rel Howery, Jerrod Carmichael, Kevin Hart, and Hannibal Buress; however, it was the Girls Trip breakout star who received most of the criticism.
Williams, who just received an Emmy for his guest role on Atlanta, attempted to discredit Haddish’s success by suggesting she doesn’t write her own material and has yet to prove herself as a legitimate comic.
“[Haddish has] been doing comedian since she was 16. You can’t tell me your favorite Tiffany Haddish joke. Why? Because she ain’t done a tour yet. She ain’t done a special. She has not proven the ability to tell jokes, back to back for an hour,” he said (6:28). “[…] They all ready to down Mo’Nique and up somebody who has showed them Girls Trip. Did you think she wrote Girls Trip, goofball? Or do you think that was already a script and they handed it to her? It’s up to you whatever you want to believe.”
Host Wanda Smith then attempted to defend Haddish, insisting she was liked because she was “real.” Williams questioned when “real” became marketable, and then claimed the industry only likes her because she “wants to sleep with a white man,” referring to her not-so-secret crush on Brad Pitt.
Williams then praised a number of other black female comedians—such as Luenell, Melanie Comarcho, and Miss Laura—“all the people that got skipped over.”
“The point is we are in the only business where as a black woman, what you look like is not supposed to be held against you,” he said. “And time and time again, they show you you can be sidetracked by anything light-skinned. So, knock it off.”
You can watch the interview above.
Haddish, who also nabbed an Emmy this month, responded to Williams’ comments on Twitter.