American TV personality Wendy Williams was the subject of the internet's outrage recently after her mocking of "Joker" actor Joaquin Pheonix's facial features.
The 55-year-old discussed the Oscar-nominated Joker actor on January 7 after his Golden Globes victory. "Cleft lip and palate".
Describing Phoenix's as "oddly attractive" she first complimented his "piercing eyes" before drawing attention to the deformity on the actor's upper lip, which is usually unseen because of the beard.
After facing strong criticism, Williams wrote on Twitter that she wanted to "apologise to the cleft community".More news: Joe Burrow makes sure 2020 NFL Draft officially starts at pick two
"Cleft lip, cleft palate".
Bighill accepted her apology and her donation: "I forgive you, and I encourage others to do as well".
"I want to apologised to the cleft community and in Beau's honour".
On Wednesday evening, Williams took to Twitter and apologized saying her show would donate to Operation Smile Canada and the American Cleft Palate-Craniofacial Association.
Tweeting after Bighill told fans that his son Beau was heading into surgery, Williams said: "We're thinking about Beau today as he is in surgery".More news: Boeing's net orders slump to lowest in decades
Williams' demonstration garnered backlash online, particularly from Canadian football player Adam Bighill, who has tweeted at the talk show host several times over the past week asking for an apology.
Vorderman requested Wendy if she had "any concept" how painful and grueling the method was for kids to take care of a cleft palate as they change into an grownup. "And he's got the good nose that dips way down, like he's happy with it and so am I". Promoting bullying, with her platform, that's IRRESPONSIBLE! "This is just bad".
According to reports, Wendy started speaking about the Ladder 49 actor during one of the segments on her TV programme The Wendy Williams Show.
The Gray Cup champion defended his word and used social media every day to politely alert that Williams' statements were wrong.More news: Smoke from Aussie bush fires set to circle earth, says Nasa