It's been a difficult year for Wendy Williams.
But as is always the case with the daytime Queen of Mean, it can be difficult to sympathize with Wendy as she repeatedly makes things harder on herself.
Back in January, Williams was hospitalized for a variety of health issues that kept her from her eponymous talk show for nearly two months.
Though she's made many, many enemies over the years, fans and rivals alike reached out to wish Wendy well during that difficult time.
Of course, now that she's back to work, she's making up for lost time and reminding those rivals why they hated her in the first place.
You want hot takes? Oh, Wendy's got 'em.
And she's not just playing it safe by going after low-hanging fruit, either.
No, Wendy is attacking the likes of Howard Stern -- you know, the guy who single-handedly created the media landscape in which people like Wendy made their careers, and who's still highly regarded for his razor-sharp and masterful trash-talking?
What could go wrong?
“Howard is so Hollywood right now. And Howard, I love you, but since you’ve gone Hollywood, everything you say is so predictable,” Williams said on her show this week.
“Every story is going to be about, ‘Oh, I love this one, and then we went on their yacht.’ He’s a Hollywood insider, which sucks.”
Williams went on to reveal that she feels personally betrayed by Stern's transformation from fringe shock jock to mainstream media figure.
“You started like me, being of the people. But at some point you sat behind the microphone for too long and now you are the people,” Williams went on, adding:
She's not entirely wrong, but the problem is, criticizing Howard Stern is like releasing an Eminem diss track.
Sure, the target of your derision may have mellowed in recent years, but you have to know he's still capable of delivering the heat when he's challenged.
Stern didn't disappoint and was quick to clap back at Wendy in brutal fashion:
“Jealous bitch.… You are nobody to me,” Stern said during his Sirius XM radio show.
“You’ll never be me, Wendy. You’ll never be me. You can pretend to be me, you can pretend to be like me, but you’re not," he continued.
"You don’t have my wit and you don’t have my talent. … You couldn’t have that career. You’re a fly.”
We think it's safe to call this round in favor of Stern, but we're really hoping Williams fires back.
It's a nice change of pace to see this level of pettiness somewhere outside of the president's Twitter feed.