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The Wendy Williams Show The final episode will air on Friday after nearly 14 years filled with hundreds of distinguished guests, accolades, and many controversies.
according to diverse, who first announced the series finale, the daytime talk show host will not be present for the final episode. The series finale will include a video montage celebrating Williams’ television tour.
The last original episode of The Wendy Williams Show It will air on Friday 17th June with a video in honor of the famous host. The series ended after 13 years of successful promotion,” a spokesperson for the program said diverse.
The 57-year-old TV presenter, who has been the original host of the show since its premiere in 2009, has not been on air in her famous purple chair since 2020. After a series of health issues. Williams suffers from Graves’ disease, an autoimmune disorder that affects the thyroid gland.
Since her absence from the show for two years, she has had a number of guest hosts, including Lea Remini, Fat Joe and Remy Ma. Most recently, the show was hosted by a former co-host of the viewSherry Shepherd, who will host the final episode of the series.
Williams’ representatives did not immediately respond to NPR’s request for comment on the show’s ending.
In February, executives announced that this fall, The Wendy Williams Show She will be replaced by a new show hosted by Shepherd titled “Sherry”. The new show will carry over to periods held by Williams, producer and distributor Debmar Mercury For the Associated Press.
“With Wendy still unavailable to host the show while it continues on its path to recovery, we believe it is best for our fans, stations, and advertising partners to start making this transition now,” company co-chairs Mort Marcus and Ira Bernstein said in statement.
Inside Williams’ rise from radio to television
While Williams’ fame skyrocketed during her daytime talk show, she began rocking the radio airwaves.
Her courage to talk about anyone and everything goes back to the time she sat behind the microphone.
williams show, Wendy Williams ExperienceThe culmination of her 23-year career was in the radio field. The show was promoted nationally on WBLS in New York City and was listened to by more than 12 million people, according to Wendy Shaw website.
After receiving a degree from Northeastern University in communications, Williams got her first job working at a small station in the Virgin Islands. During that time, she saved her money and honed her craft, despite feeling isolated.
“That first initial decision to give up everything I know and go somewhere where I don’t know anyone and hate it, cry every day, work my job and feel like a real stranger and so broken….I said it was magical,” Williams told NPR in 2007. :
This initial batch has paid off, launching a successful career took it To Washington DC, New York and Philadelphia.
Over the years, Williams’ mouth dropped her in some hot water – there was a notable clash between her and Whitney Houston. In 2007, she spoke with NPR about her ability to pay her guests.
“The best way to explain it is that it’s very simple: I’m creating outside life and interests not to be dependent on 4th of July invitations to a Whitney Houston barbecue off the coast of Long Island,” Williams told NPR. and then. “Instead, you know, I’d do things with my inner circle, which doesn’t include anyone anyone knows.”
It was her unusual dialogue that gave her the daytime talk show. taken in 2008, The Wendy Williams Show It was nominated for multiple Emmys during the day and is watched by millions daily, according to Exhibition site. In its heyday, her show was a direct competitor to her ElaineAnother daytime talk show recently closed its curtains for the last time.
The Williams Show airs daily, and occupies a 1-hour time space. Broadcast live in front of a studio audience, each episode began with the iconic “Hot Topics” segment featuring Williams entering the stage holding a mug and babbling. Williams has always been very involved with her audience, hosting segments like “Ask Wendy” and referring to members of the audience as her host.
The show is known for its hot topics and controversy
Despite the former radio and television host’s success on the air over the past 14 years—nominated for 11 Daytime Emmys and four People’s Choice Awards—Williams has been criticized multiple times for her controversial interviews and hot celebrity encounters.
In recent years, Williams has made several controversial comments about the former actress and Duchess of Sussex, Meghan MarkleGrammy Award winning singer Dion WarwickRapper Lil Kim The TV personality NeNe Leakes.
In profile 2019 with New York Times MagazineThe talk show host discussed her controversial interviews, saying, “I’m often accused of being the one who says things people really want to say but are probably too afraid to say.”
Williams added, “Thanks to God, people have given me permission to say these things for 10 seasons. I have problems sometimes, but they’re all good. In fact, I can’t even think what kind of problem it is.”
Williams has left a lasting legacy
The Williams show had a very important impact on pop culture. The daily memes of her program are used for online communication. the end of Wendy Without the return of his host has caused outrage in the fans.
Many fans also created an online greeting, and remembered some of their favorite moments from the show including _Xorah_ on Twitter.
How Williams herself feels about the end of her show is unknown. Williams was going through personal issues with controlling her finances.
After inquiring about her finances and trying to change banks, Wells Fargo petitioned to put Williams under financial guardianship in March, her lawyer said. The Hollywood Reporter.
Williams was fighting guardianship and taking that Her personal Instagram account In March to speak. Fans compared Williams’ situation to a situation Britney Spearswhich recently emerged from a 13-year rationalization period.
What is next for Williams remains unknown.