Tuesday (May 30) was a tough day for Wendy Williams, who tearfully acknowledged an empty seat in the audience of The Wendy Williams Show. It belonged to a victim of the Manchester Arena bombing who happened to be at Ariana Grande‘s concert last week, who was also a Wendy watcher and social media personality named Martyn Hett.
“Martyn 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 a trip of a lifetime on his social media,” Williams explained to her viewers. “He’s remembered as a man who loved life, like all my people, who loved life with passion, courage and laughter.”
After choking back tears while explaining the heartbreaking situation, Williams said she called Hett’s close friend in London to tell her she was paying tribute to him. Hett’s friend was floored and said that he would love knowing what Williams is doing to honor one of her loyal viewers.
“So Martyn, in honor of you, we’re keeping that chair open,” she concluded. “And our thoughts and prayers go out to you and your family.”
The same day of Williams’ tribute to Hett, Grande announced that she’ll be returning to Manchester for a benefit concert next week. Featuring performances from Grande herself along with Justin Bieber, Nicki Minaj, Miley Cyrus, Katy Perry and Pharrell (among others), the event will take place June 4 at Emirates Old Trafford cricket ground. All net ticket proceeds from the show will go to the We Love Manchester emergency fund.