Debmar-Mercury, the production company that oversees the Wendy Williams Show, said the decision to end the show was in light of Williams ‘health problems, including problems with COVID-19 and Graves’ illness, which prevented her from running the show. times. October, according to a statement received from The Washington Post.
“We all have a great love and commitment to Wendy, who has become a true icon during her 12 incredible seasons as a solo presenter of a daily live talk show on‘ Hot Topics ’and interviews with celebrities,” Debmar-Merck said. ‘Jury. statement.
“As Wendy is still unable to host the show as she continues her journey to recovery, we believe that it is best for our fans, radio stations and advertising partners to start making this transition now,” the company continues. “We hope to be able to work with Wendy again in the future, and we still wish her a speedy and complete recovery.”
Hill turned to Debmar-Mercury for further comment.
When it first aired in 2008, “The Wendy Williams Show” attracted viewers looking for impudence and direct conversation, and Williams quickly became known as the queen of hot topics. But the host battled autoimmune disease, Graves’ disease, and was cured of cocaine addiction, according to the Associated Press.
Williams’ show will be replaced by a show hosted by Shepherd, called “Gray.” Shepard appeared as one of the guests on the “Wendy Williams Show” and is known as a former host of “The View” and as a host on Fox News “Dish Nation”.
Shepherd herself announced the news during the “Wendy Williams Show” on Tuesday, explaining that she was not here to replace Wendy Williams.
“There were all these crazy stories on the internet about me replacing Wendy,” she said. “I’m here to tell you that’s not true because no one can replace the queen.”
Shepard said she had long dreamed of running her own talk show, and expressed excitement for “Gray.”
“Even before I joined The View in 2007, when I was three, I had a microphone and my teddy bears in a chair,” she said.