US tv host Wendy Williams has apologised to actor Joaquin Phoenix after saying she discovered him “oddly engaging” and showing to mock his “cleft lip”.
The 55-year-old was discussing the Oscar-nominated Joker actor on 7 January after his Golden Globes win.
She described Phoenix’s scar to the viewers on The Wendy Williams Present as a “hairline fracture”.
She stated: “He is received a type of, what do you name it? Cleft lip, cleft palate.”
“I discover it to be very engaging,” she added.
Williams then hooked her finger in her lip to mimic the start defect.
A cleft palate happens when components of a child’s face don’t be part of collectively correctly throughout improvement within the womb.
In line with the NHS, it’s the most typical facial start defect within the UK, affecting round one in each 700 infants.
Phoenix, 45, has by no means spoken publicly about his scar however Williams’ has been closely criticised for her feedback.
Canadian American soccer participant Adam Bighill, who was born with a cleft lip and whose son, Beau, was additionally born with one, stated the feedback have been “hideous and offensive”.
Williams has now apologised “to the cleft group” for her statements and stated the programme is donating to 2 charities supporting these with the defect.
She additionally stated she wished to “encourage our Wendy Watchers to study extra and assist help the cleft group”.