(Getty Images) Wendy Williams at New York Fashion WeekWendy Williams
' new book Ask Wendy
—an Agony Aunt-esque compendium of Q&As featuring matter-of-fact call-it-like-she-sees-it advice from the award-winning television and radio host—just hit shelves yesterday. On Monday night we stopped by Gilt City New York
's book launch party for the straight-talking star, where she talked about her life and took some questions from the audience. Here are some things we learned about one of our favorite ladies on TV.On how she does it:
"This is my sixth book and I have to say the only way you can do it is with a team. I'm not the kind of woman who keeps 'the secret.' I just focus on doing my thing because, ultimately, if I do my thing well enough, it's good for all of us. I also have a very clean diet. I believe in exercising and taking care of myself. And respecting 48! It's not 18."On books with pages:
"I love books. I love the smell of them. And I like to find the answer from within. I like self-help books. And I designed this book the way I like to read. But if it wasn't for a writing partner, I couldn't do it! Who has time while moisturizing?"(Photo courtesy Gilt City New York)On Ask Wendy becoming her calling card:
was part of my radio career—which spanned 23 years. As I've gotten older, Wendy turned into 'Miss Wendy'. I think I started to like this aging thing—and that people started to ask me questions. There's something here... but if I think about it too long, I'm going to screw it up. When you ask me questions, I don't care if it's about menopause or uneven boobs. People have questions—but sometimes there's not even time on the TV show to give you an answer. This book gives me the chance to really luxuriate over my answer. If you're going to ask, well, then I'm going to tell you. Don't ask me if your butt looks big in those jeans. Real recognizes real! I just feel like, if you're going to ask, here it comes!"On drama:
"Drama doesn't always have to be a bad thing. I get that trait from my mom—making lemons into lemonade. Some drama is good drama and you come through on the other side being smarter than you ever were."On being her girlfriend:
"I'm not a cold-hearted woman, but when a girl changes into a woman, she has priorities over her girlfriends. I think a lot of women do not with other women well. I've given girlfriends a chance to hang out with me in a different phase of my life. I think I seem to be a lot more fun on TV than I am in real life. I try to tell you on TV who I am but it seems that people have a hard time believing that. It's hard to be my girlfriend because I will dump you in a heartbeat.
For more "real recognizes real" advice from Wendy Williams, check out her new book, Ask Wendy, out now.