Brother Of Amie Harwick Blasts Talk Show Host For 'Appalling' Joke About Her Death
Sex therapist Amie Harwick was allegedly killed by ex-boyfriend, Gareth Pursehouse after plunging from a third-story balcony.
Chris Harwick slammed the 54-year-old talk show host on Wednesday, demanding that Williams apologise for making a joke about his sister's fatal balcony plunge.
Williams brought up 38-year-old's tragic death on her show, saying, “She was killed, not by Drew [Carey], but by her ex,” she told her audience. She then used The Price Is Right (which Carey hosts) catchphrase "come on down" before turning her head as though to follow someone falling out of a building.
Chris Harwick told Fox News on Wednesday that Williams' comment about his late sister was "appalling".
"Domestic violence is something no one should be joking about," he said. "This is a difficult time for my family and for Wendy Williams to make light of this tragedy is very upsetting to us and extremely distasteful."
“My sister worked tirelessly for domestic violence victims and women’s rights. Wendy Williams should apologise publicly to my family for her comment.”
Alice Cooper guitarist Nita Strauss also blasted Williams for the comments, saying on Twitter, "Hey @WendyWilliams - CLASSLESS MOVE making a joke about a domestic violence victim. Amie Harwick, an amazing woman and champion for mental health awareness was senselessly killed and you used it as an opportunity for a one-liner. HOW F-----G DARE YOU. @FOXTV"
After a follower suggested she "call home and vent", Strauss replied, "You've also never seen someone make a joke about one of my close friends being murdered."
The backlash comes just hours after Amie's ex-boyfriend Gareth Pursehouse, 41, was released from a Los Angeles jail on a $2,000,000 bond.