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The Wendy Williams Show will air its finale later this week without Wendy Williams physically on set, according to EW.
“The final original episode of The Wendy Williams Show will air on Friday, June 17th, with a video tribute to the iconic host,” said a representative for the show in a statement to EW. “The series comes to an end after 13 successful years in syndication.”
There are reports from sources that Williams won’t be on the show during its final episode after months of backstage issues regarding her future with it.
The rumors of Williams’ health preventing her from hosting the show circulated after her prolonged absence, but she said in an interview with Good Morning America in March that she was “comfortable” and “ready” to start taking on the job again.
Williams’ Good Morning America statements came after the confirmation that Sherri Shepherd would take the media queen’s time slot with her own series this year.
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Per a source close to The Wendy Williams Show distributor, a comeback wasn’t a practical measure for the future.
The source further stated that Williams’ earliest live daily show would be in September 2023 because a majority of The Wendy Williams Show’s crew had already signed up to Sherri during Williams’ extended absence. In addition, guest hosts started to assume the role on behalf of Williams in October.
“[My] health is very well, and I’ve had a few appointments. I’m 57 now, and I have the mind and body of a 25-year-old,” Williams said, speaking to GMA’s T.J. Holmes, citing her fights against Graves’ disease and thyroid issues.
“I’m very comfortable. My partners with the show, everybody’s ready. Give me about three months. There are private things that I have to deal with, and then I’ll be ready to come back and be free and ready to do my thing.” The Wendy Williams Show is a show that was first released in 2008, drawing viewers’ attention because of the host’s controversial insights on celebrity gossip and pop culture.
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