Debmar-Mercury announced Tuesday morning that “The Wendy Williams Show” will end after 14 seasons and Sherri Shepherd will take over the slot with her very own talk show this September.
“Sherri” will be distributed by Lionsgate’s Debmar-Mercury and produced by Sherri Shepherd and her business partner Jawn Murray.
Debmar-Mercury co-presidents Mort Marcus and Ira Bernstein in a statement:
Sherri is a natural who proved her hosting skills for many years as a panelist on The View, on Fox’s Dish Nation and again this season as a popular guest host of Wendy.
Like our viewers, we have been impressed by the unique comedic twist Sherri puts on our daily live ‘Hot Topics’ segment, her creativity and interactions with our guests.
Her love for the content and daytime fans is obvious, and we are excited to partner with her to create another long-term talk franchise.
This is also a bitter-sweet moment for us and our partners at Fox.
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.
Watch below as Sherri Shepherd announces the news of her forthcoming talk show and gives Wendy her flowers!
Congrats to Sherri and continued prayers to Wendy Williams.