Wendy Williams Sounds Off on Nicki Minaj and Husband

Mahlik Campbell

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NEW YORK, NY - DECEMBER 10: TV personality Wendy Williams attends the 2019 NYWIFT Muse Awards at the New York Hilton Midtown on December 10, 2019 in New York City. (Photo by Lars Niki/Getty Images for New York Women in Film & Television)

Wendy Williams had some harsh words for Nicki Minaj after it was recently revealed that her husband failed to register as a sex offender in California.

During the end of her show on Tuesday, Williams went off on Minaj and her husband, Kenneth Petty, oddly referring to him as the brother of Minaj at first.

“That’s going to be my first story tomorrow, and I’m going to lead with this: You should’ve never married him, because now you’ve ruined everything about what your brand could be, again. You’re never gonna stand a chance when you’re with a man who pulls a knife at rape point…a molester…a registered sex offender. You’re never going to stand a chance with the public. Because there’s only one thing worse than touching children and pulling knives, and that’s murder. By the way, he did go to jail for manslaughter,” she said.

Williams finished by saying, “Oops, I think I just did the story. Nope, nope, nope, get to digging. There’s more on him, everybody get to digging.”

Last week, TMZ reported that Petty was arrested in California after failing to register as a sex offender. A few days later on March 9, TMZ confirmed he had finally registered. Petty was convicted of first-degree attempted rape in 1995. He was also convicted of first-degree manslaughter in 2013, resulting in a seven-year sentence in a New York state prison. He was released in 2013.

Minaj's brother, Jelani Maraj, who Williams brought up at the beginning of her rant, is currently serving a sentence for 25 years to life for charges surrounding child rape.

This isn't the first time Williams and Minaj have beefed. In Nov. 2019, the New York artist took aim at Williams on her Beats 1 show, Queen Radio, bringing up other comments that were made about Petty’s criminal past.

“It’s not about doing your job,” Minaj said. “There are people who report the news and there are people who do it with an evil intent in their heart, viciousness. And I pray for you because I know you’re hurting and I know you must be sick and humiliated.”