The daytime host used the “Hot Topics” segment of her talk show Monday morning to address the largely negative reception that greeted the Lifetime movie, which she executive-produced.
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“I see my Aaliyah movie broke the Internet this weekend,” she joked, referencing Kim Kardashian’s recent Paper magazine cover. “Errbody got an opinion. Well, I must tell you: Whether you loved or hate, you watched.”
“It was the second highest-rated movie on all of cable this year, so far,” she added before congratulating Alexandra Shipp on her performance as Aaliyah.
Williams didn’t take part in the social media frenzy that occurred when the film first aired on November 15. Besides a couple of promotional tweets, she stayed impartial.
Longtime Aaliyah collaborator Timbaland was much less positive with his review: “I thought it was a joke, but evidently it wasn’t,” he told Hot 97 Monday morning. “I’m very upset about it.”