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Wendy Williams: 'Aaliyah Biopic Broke The Internet'

Television host Wendy Williams, who executive produced "Aaliyah: The R&B Princess" for Lifetime, says she's satisfied with the film, Billboard reports.

Amidst the backlash received by the biopic, Williams said she was proud of what they were able to showcase.

"As a black woman I was proud to show that Aaliyah came from a two-parent family, which many of us don't," she said in an interview on November 17.

She also mentioned how difficult it is to tell the story of a beloved character and that criticism is unavoidable.

The host said the biopic "broke the Internet" when she spoke about it on the "Hot Topics" segment of her show, according to USA Today.

"I see my Aaliyah movie broke the Internet this weekend! Everybody got an opinion," Williams said. "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."

The biopic garnered an average of 3.2 million viewers when it premiered on Saturday, according to The Hollywood Reporter, but was not received well by friends and fans of the late R&B singer.

Aaliyah's longtime collaborator and friend Timbaland had dismissed the biopic as "bulls**t" and shared his disgust via a number of posts on Instagram.

In one of the videos he posted, the rapper said: "This is why people should never remake movies. Bulls**t happens. Now you have to deal with consequences."

The film had many struggles from the get-go, with Aaliyah's family's blatant disapproval to its lead actress dropping out. Its producers also admitted it was difficult to handle the criticism and backlash from fans but went ahead with filming.

"Biopics are hard," producer Debra Chase told the Washington Post a day before the film was aired. "People have an opinion and social media allows them to voice that opinion. But at the end of the day, our goal was to make the best movie possible."

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