Amid controversial remarks made by Wendy Williams of ‘The Wendy Williams Show’, Chevrolet opted to not renew its sponsorship of the show.
According to Automotive News, Williams has been criticized for making controversial remarks over historically black colleges and the NAACP. The comments were in response to actor Jesse Williams’ speech at the BET awards, in which he criticized police officers.
“[His] speech was very poignant. On the other hand, I would be really offended if there was a school that was known as a historically white college,” Wendy Williams said, according to reports. “We have historically black colleges. What if there was the National Organization for White People, only? There’s the NAACP.”
Chevrolet did not state the comments were the motivator to not renew its sponsorship of the “Hot Seat” segment of the show, but a Chevy spokesperson did state, “The brand is continuously evaluating its media and sponsorship opportunities and we make periodic adjustments to ensure alignment with our overall marketing and communications goals.”
The Chevrolet sponsorship was to expire at the end of July, but according to the report, Chevy opted out of the last two segments.