Talk-show Host Wendy Williams talks about the family of Aaliyah, the R&B singer killed in a 2001 plane crash. The relatives are up in arms over an upcoming made-for-TV biopic.
Williams recently joined the Lifetime project as an executive producer and doesn’t think the family, which wants a theatrical film, understands how powerful television can be.
“In my opinion, TV trumps motion picture,” Williamssaid Thursday. “In my opinion, as a woman who loves to lay in the house and watch a motion picture, I feel that the family might be a little misguided in the power of box office versus TV. Lifetime will play the movie over and over. TV is the way to get your story told.”
Before Williams signed on, the Lifetime movie had been fraught with even more controversy as fans of Aaliyah complained that Zendaya Coleman, the actress originally cast to play the singer, was not “black enough.”
Alexandra Shipp took over the part. The film will probably air in February, Williams said.
Meanwhile the new season of Williams’ daily talk show kicks off on Monday.