TV host Wendy Williams came under fire this week for making fun of the scar on actor Joaquin Phoenix' lip.

Speaking on 'The Wendy Williams Show' earlier this week, she said she found the 'Joker' star "oddly attractive."

She said: "He’s got one of those, what do you call it? Cleft lip, cleft palate."

She then used her fingers to pull her upper lip into a position which mimicks the appearance of cleft palate birth defects.

The clip went viral and many called out the talk show host for mocking the condition.


Canadian American football player Adam Bighill, whose son Beau was born with the defect, slammed Wendy on Twitter.


Williams has since apologised and sent well wishes to Beau for his surgery.

She said that her show will be donating to the cleft lip and cleft palate nonprofits Operation Smile and American Cleft Palate-Craniofacial Association.


Phoenix has never openly discussed the mark on his lip so it may not be a surgically fixed cleft but a scar he was born with.