Watch This: Wendy Williams' Houston Tribute

"She was a woman like me who was part of the subculture of society, the addict."

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Whitney Houston; Wendy Williams (Mediaite)

Talk-show host Wendy Williams and Whitney Houston fell out after a 2003 radio interview during which Williams interrogated the R&B singer over her alleged drug abuse. Back then, Houston told Williams, "If this were back in the day in Newark, I'd meet you outside."

On Monday Williams struggled to maintain her composure as she discussed the connection that she felt with Houston and tried -- as so many are doing today -- to make sense of and extract lessons from her untimely death.

Some of Williams' comments, from Mediaite:

“She was a woman like me who is part of the subculture of our society, the addict. So today on behalf of me and anybody that you might know who is going through a struggle with substance abuse, anybody, and I don’t care whether it’s heroin, coke, pills, booze, reach out to that person. I’m one of the lucky ones. Reach out to that person and call them out on it, because even if they don’t quit, once you call them out, it makes it harder for them to sneak around and get high and I guess that’s all I wanted to say. I’ve never done this before on this show, but I’m telling you now that I don’t have anything more to say regarding this particular case. it’s just sad. and -- it’s just sad. I love you, Whitney.” 

Read more at Mediaite.

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