Gilbert Gottfried has a penchant for making headlines every few years for doing something outrageous or offensive that angers America. In 1991 he caught heat for a Pee Wee Herman Joke, and then in 2001 it was a joke about 9/11 that got him in trouble. In 2011 a joke about the tsunami lost him his lucrative AFLAC gig. It seemed like Gilbert had a few more years to go before he was due for another headline-generating event, but today he’s making the news again as part of the flurry of sexual misconduct allegations coming to light, and it appears that he’s being accused of groping Wendy Williams.
On Tuesday Wendy Williams said on her television show that she was once groped on live television by a comedian. She didn’t name the comedian, saying instead “he isn’t relevant anymore” but claims it happened during the third season of her show. Her fans went back and figured out that the comedian she is talking about is in all likelihood, Gilbert Gottfried who is by no means irrelevant and regardless of how you feel about the grope in question, is the subject of a terrific new documentary.
In a conversation about allegations made about Charlie Rose, Williams brought up an incident in her own life that involved an on-camera hug that offended her back in 2011.
“My worst guest? I’m not going to name. But I’ll tell you this, it had to do with some groping and you all saw it and never said a word,” she told her audience. “You know I hug my guests- he hugs me but lays in my breasts inappropriately,” she said eliciting shocked groans from her studio audience. “And I didn’t know what to do because I’m brand new on tv. Whereas now I would definitely push somebody through a glass coffee table. ”
Her audience immediately went to work trying to identify the unnamed “groper” and have come up with comedian Gilbert Gottfried. Audience members posted a photo where Gottfried rested his head on William’s chest.
Gilbert didn’t comment on the allegations other than to say he doesn’t remember the incident, and Williams has not confirmed that he was the comedian was talking about.
Reactions to Williams announcement were mixed.
So #WendyWilliams said Gilbert Gottfried was inappropriate to her and never allowed back on her show! I just saw the video and pictures, this coming from the same woman who said Terry Crews should have keep quiet about being assaulted! #Wow
— Terron (@TeeVanity) November 21, 2017
— X O N E (@blamexone) November 21, 2017
Gilbert Gottfried groped @WendyWilliams in an interview! How dare you grab on a woman's breasts!!!!
— Angelique Soul Sanctuary (@angeliquesoul) November 21, 2017
Oh I remember when Gilbert Gottfried was on #WendyWilliams show and did that. I was surprised she laughed it off.
— Mocha (@Mochaq2k) November 21, 2017
Wait a minute Wendy, condemn Rose (ok fair enough). Throw poor little Gilbert Gottfried under the bus (easy & weak target). AND THEN Segway into contest featuring half naked young guy gyrating for you & female audiences entertainment. WOW 😳!
— CLA (@c8kin4) November 21, 2017
I watched the Gilbert segment and you are crazy. You loved every minute of it. Especially the "not Oprah" part. You were cackling like a duck on steroids. Women like you will ruin the real movement.
— NJ Yankee (@NJYankee34) November 22, 2017