US TV host apologises for mocking Phoenix's facial scar

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"When he shaves off his mustache he's got a hairline fracture". This comment by the popular host did not goes down well with the fans of the Hollywood actor Joaquin Phoenix.

Wendy Williams mimicked the facial features of actor Joaquin Phoenix, who has a cleft lip or palate, on January 7 on her daytime TV show The Wendy Williams Show, eliciting laughter from her audience.

"He's got that good nose that dips way down and he's happy with, so am I", she said, before commenting on the scar above his lip.

The American television show host who made fun of people with a cleft lip or palate - a common birth defect that requires surgery to correct - has met Blue Bomber Adam Bighill's demands for an apology and a charitable donation.

On Wednesday morning the Bomber's linebacker took to Twitter to announce his son Beau, who was also born with cleft lip, was heading into surgery to have it repaired. Reportedly, he and his son, Beau, also have the condition.

Bighill wasn't the only professional who lambasted her remarks either.

As Ambassador for Cleft Lip and Palate Association @CLAPACOMMUNITY I really am disgusted by this @wendywilliams. Mimicking a cleft lip, and making a joke about it, is disgraceful.

Vorderman asked Wendy if she had "any idea" how painful and grueling the process was for children to deal with a cleft palate as they become an adult.

A petition has been launched against Williams on petition website Change.org, the petition titled Get Wendy Williams Fired has at the time of this writing garnered over 10,000 signatures.

Bighill accepted the apology and in a tweet, said he forgives her and is encouraging others to as well.

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