The glittery pink microphone. The light-up “diva fan” with the signature catchphrase “How you doin’?” The purple Tadashi dress and Christian Louboutin heels from the show’s first promo shoot.
Wendy Williams has some museum-grade bling. And now, the Smithsonian wants in on it.
The talk-show host, 49, gladly handed over some of her cherished possessions Friday during a special episode of The Wendy Williams Show – as a rep from the Smithsonian’s National Museum of American History arrived to cart some away for its pop-culture collection.
“I’m so proud to host this messy little talk show,” Williams tells New York’s Daily News. “And I’m thrilled to bits that one of America’s most revered institutions – that I went to as a child! – deems me worthy enough to preserve this little bit of history for everyone to share.”
She adds: “This is such an amazing honor. I’m not sure anything in my life has ever compared to it.”
Williams’s item will have some revered company at the Smithsonian, whose pop-culture collection also includes Dorothy’s ruby slippers from The Wizard of Oz and Archie Bunker’s easy chair.