Wendy Williams flew into Atlanta from New York yesterday for a day trip. Why? She is playing the role of a judge for an upcoming episode of Lifetime’s “Drop Dead Diva,” to air sometimes this summer for the series’ third season.
I caught up with her for a few minutes to talk mostly about “Dancing With the Stars.” She joined the cast this spring and will be dancing the chacha this Monday.
Stuck on set all day in Peachtree City, “we still haven’t gotten a chance to visit Mary Mac’s Tea Room,” she said. “I’m so mad, I want to spit! I Twittered when I took off in New York. I thought for sure someone who follows me could have sent me something.”
Overall, she said she’s feeling good six days before “Dancing With the Stars.” “I’m not scared to reveal myself in my costumes,” she said. “I don’t know what they’re cooking up.”
When I noted that Kendra Wilkinson said she’d like to wear as skimpy a costume as ABC Standards & Practices will allow, Williams said she won’t be demanding that.
“She’s 25 and tight,” Williams said. “I’m 46 and loose!”
“My goal is to shake what my mama and the doctor gave me!” she added.
Not that it’s been easy.
“My feet hurt!” she said. “I can’t even wear flats on my feet.”
She said when she was invited, she said yes despite her busy schedule. She is still shooting her daily syndicated talk show, though she’s on hiatus this week.
Williams said she has been prepping for a few weeks with Tony Dovolani and just got her song for her chacha (but can’t name it). “It’s off the hook!” she said. “The song applied more pressure on my shoulders than I ever have in my dancing career.”
“For a first-dance song,” she added, “if I don’t kill this song, the blogs will go crazy on me!”
Despite her crazy schedule, she still hopes to see her 10-year-old son as often as possible. (Her husband is her manager so he’s always around.) “I begged God for a family and a career and I have been blessed with both. I won’t give up without a fight,” she said .” I’m still doing homework and making home-made lunch and home-made dinner. I don’t do any of it real well. I just want you to know, I am doing it… all!”
Now does she think she can win the mirror-ball trophy? She demurred.
“I feel like we’re all winners because we were all invited to what is a national treasure,” she said. “I was flattered. I feel like a winner already… I just don’t want to go home first!”
Here’s the video interview: