Wendy Williams Leaves Empty Seat as She Pays Tribute to Fan Who Died in Manchester Bombing
The host left an empty chair in her audience for the victim.
Wendy Williams fought tears on her show Tuesday as she returned from the Memorial Day weekend to honor a fan who perished in the Manchester Arena terror attack.
The host pointed to an empty chair in her audience for the taping of her program and took a moment to explain why it was vacant.
“One of the things you may have noticed today is that there's an empty chair. It's there for a reason,” she said as tears formed in her eyes.
The chair was left vacant as a tribute to Martyn Hett, a victim of last week's terrorist attack following an Ariana Grande concert.
The 29-year-old was a big fan of the host and was on his way to New York City to see a taping of her show.
“Martyn — oh my God this is so crazy — he was supposed to be in our Wendy audience yesterday and today. He saved for two years to have a fabulous time in New York and come to our show. He called it the trip of a lifetime on his social media,” she said.
“He's remembered as a man who loved life with passion, courage and laughter. So, Martyn, in honor of you, we're keeping that chair open. And our thoughts and prayers go out to you and your family.”
The terror attack claimed the lives of 22 people and left dozens of others injured.
On Tuesday, Ariana Grande announced that she will perform in a benefit concert dedicated to raising money for the victims at Old Trafford in the city.
She will be joined by Justin Bieber, Coldplay, Katy Perry among others.
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