In 2003, Whitney Houston called in as a guest on Wendy Williams' radio show. Williams repeatedly questioned Houston about her alleged drug problems. Houston replied by insinuating a threat of physical violence. They did not reconcile their feud before Houston's death in 2012.
After Houston's sudden death in 2012, Williams expressed her grief over the singer's passing. On her daytime television talk show, "The Wendy Williams Show," Williams addressed Houston's death just days after the tragedy and alluded to her regret over the nine-year feud. On the Feb. 13, 2012, episode Williams spoke about her own history with drug addiction and what Whitney Houston meant to her.
Although the two women never met in person, Williams remarked that she had imagined meeting Houston under positive circumstances someday. Williams had hoped Houston would overcome addiction and become an anti-drug spokesperson. As sober older adults who could relate to each other's struggle, Williams imagined that the two women would embrace and make amends.
After addressing Houston's death, Williams told her viewers that she would not comment further on it. Houston died at age 48 on Feb. 11, 2012. The official cause of death was drowning. Also factors in Houston's death were heart disease and cocaine use.