Who is Gary Owen? Wendy Williams' rumored beau's ex calls him 'deadbeat' dad
On ‘The Wendy Williams Show’, Gary Owens spoke more about his ongoing divorce with Kenya Duke after 17 years of marriage
Television personality Wendy Williams reportedly has a new beau. Sources told Radar that Williams took American actor and comedian Gary Owen to the reopening of Scotto's in New York City on Thursday, June 10 as her date. They added that Williams and Owen sat together in a booth, smiling and laughing as they chatted.
The same day, during an episode of ‘The Wendy Williams Show’, Owens came to the stage to plug his current film project, ‘The House Next Door: Meet the Blacks 2’. However, Owen spent a lot of the time publicly speaking to Williams about his ongoing divorce with Kenya Duke after 17 years of marriage.
In March, Duke filed for divorce in Los Angeles Superior Court. On June 7, just days before Owen appeared on the show and later with Williams in public, Duke had taken to Instagram to air some dirty laundry. She wrote, “I have never gone to the media. The media goes looking for the paperwork. I have allowed you to tell your family, friends, and fans any false narrative that you want or need it to be about us, the relationship, and our kids.”
She wrote, “You haven't supported us since April 1st. Nothing, nada, zero not electric, water, gas, not insurance (medical, dental, life, car, house, etc.), not groceries, not maintenance for the house, not the gas or maintenance of the cars, not the platinum card I got for us (because you wanted one) and you couldn't get one (on your own), not the cell phone you had for 23 years; instead, you just got another phone number and didn't pay the bill.”
She wrote, “You haven't seen your daughter in over 6 1/2 months, you haven't seen your son in over 4 months. This is your choice. You do remember us right?” adding that she and their kids were “useful when your content was needed. Or when I allowed you to live your best life while I stayed back with our kids, the house, and taking care of the business.” She said that Owen was “not a good guy”, calling him “deadbeat”. “I will let you get back to living your best life...lying, clout chasing, side chicks, and looking for a black celebrity friend group,” she concluded.
On the daytime talk show, the comedian responded to his wife’s claims that he was a “deadbeat” dad. He said, “We have adults,” adding, “No, for real, ’cause it got out there that I’m a deadbeat dad, but our kids are adults.” As per reports, the former couple shares a 21-year-old son, Austin Owen, and an 18-year-old daughter, Kennedy Owen. Duke’s oldest child, 30-year-old Emilio Owen, was adopted by Owen soon after they got married.
Owen also said his legal counsel advised him to not speak much on the matter, but he did add, “My lawyer doesn’t want me to say anything. We got a lotta legal stuff we gotta go through. But I will say, there’s a big twist in my divorce that a lot of people don’t know about. It’s a doozy, but I can’t speak on it yet. But it’s big. It changed the whole dynamic of the divorce.”
Following this Duke once again had an angry response. She wrote, “Gary, while I am not pressed, I am highly irritated.” She addressed his appearance on the talk show and said, “I was shocked you spent most of your time talking about me, the divorce, son, and daughter. If the streets are that good then why waste that opportunity and not talk about upcoming projects?”
Duke added that he has been a “deadbeat” dad, regardless if their children are 18 and over. Duke said, “I never realized the person I helped the most was actually the one I should have been protecting myself from. Please hug Gary when you see him.”
Last month, court documents obtained by TMZ revealed that Duke was asking for $44,000 a month in spousal support because “it's the amount Gary would normally deposit in her account to pay credit cards and finance her personal spending.”