Wendy Williams is “incredibly grateful” according to a new statement released by her spokesperson, Howard Bragman, as she reacts to the news of her talk show ending.
The statement, provided to Deadline, reads:
It’s been a challenging time for Wendy as she deals with her health issues.
She is incredibly grateful to Debmar-Mercury, to Sherri and everybody else who has supported the show through this time.
She, more than anyone, understands the reality of syndicated television — you can’t go to the marketplace and sell a show that’s The Maybe Wendy Show.
She understands why this decision was made from a business point of view, and she has been assured by Debmar-Mercury that should her health get to a point where she can host again and should her desire be that she hosts again that she would be back on TV at that time.
Debmar-Mercury is the distributor of “The Wendy Williams Show,” and they confirmed in a statement that they look forward to working with Wendy again once she is back to good health.
We all have a great love and affinity for Wendy, who grew into a true icon during her 12 incredible seasons as the solo host of a live, daily talk show dishing on ‘Hot Topics’ and interviewing celebrities.
Since Wendy is still not available to host the show as she continues on her road to recovery, we believe it is best for our fans, stations and advertising partners to start making this transition now.
We hope to be able to work with Wendy again in the future, and continue to wish her a speedy and full recovery.
You may recall in November 2015, Lionsgate renewed Wendy Williams’ contract for seven years, which would have ended this year.
Sherri Shepherd’s new self-titled talk show, “Sherri,” is slated to debut in September 2022.
We wish Sherri the best with her new show, and we wish Wendy the best in her recovery.
UPDATE: Wendy Williams just took to Instagram and told Mr. Bragman he is not authorized to release a statement on her behalf.
Mr. Bragman although I appreciate your concerns and respect you immensely I have not authorized you to make any statements on my behalf regarding my current status with Debmar-Mercury.
Again thanks for your continuing concern and support.
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