Now, two months after the controversy first began, Wendy is sharing her side of the story… and it doesn't sound like she's learned her lesson at all.
The 21-time Emmy-winning anchor was let go from the station when she posted a racist message to her Facebook page in response to a March 9 shooting where five black people were shot, saying:
"You needn't be a criminal profiler to draw a mental sketch of the killers who broke so many hearts. They are young black men, likely in their teens or in their early 20s. They have multiple siblings from multiple fathers and their mothers work multiple jobs. These boys have been in the system before. They've grown up there. They know the police. They've been arrested."
While her initial read on the situation may have been brutally honest at best, harshly judging the men's parents with racist stereotypes is where most people believed Wendy crossed the line.
Unfortunately for the mother-of-five, it doesn't sound like she'll be getting her job back anytime soon — in fact, in a federal lawsuit against WTAE, Wendy claims she was fired because of the color of her skin, saying:
"Had Ms. Bell written the same comments about white criminal suspects or had her race not have been white, [WTAE] would not have fired her, much less disciplined her. Ms. Bell's posting of concern for the African-American community stung by mass shooting was clearly and obviously not intended to be racially offensive."
"Had her race not have been white…" Well, it still would have been an awful thing to say, but obviously, yes, there is some extra leeway when discussing your opinions about your own race and community.
This is basically the legalese equivalent of, "We're sorry you were offended…"
Plus, it doesn't really matter if Wendy meant to be offensive or not — assuming that the murderers were black with no evidence is the literal definition of racist profiling, so it seems appropriate to us she got punished for her actions.
Do U think Wendy deserved to lose her illustrious career over this??
The YouTube celebrity posted a lengthy, emotional video revealing that she and her husband are ending their marriage.
While sharing the sad news with her over 4 million subscribers, Colleen immediately broke down, saying:
"I am dreading making this video. I'm just going to say it. Joshua and I are getting a divorce. Man, that sucks to say out loud."
But, Miz Ballinger stressed that her former flame didn't wrong her in any way, adding:
"I want to start off by saying Joshua is a wonderful man, and I am so in love with him. This has nothing to do with he's a bad person, or he did something horrible to me, or anything like that. He's a good person and I love him."
Instead, the singer clarified that they ultimately weren't a good fit together: