The 'Wendy Williams Show' Set to End Without the Daytime Diva

by Emell Adolphus

EDGE Media Network Contributor

Tuesday June 14, 2022

Wendy Williams
Wendy Williams  (Source:Associated Press)

It's the end of a very shady era. After 13 years of successful syndication and a lot of iconic moments, "The Wendy Williams Show" is set to end this Friday without the daytime diva returning to her purple chair, Variety reported.

Since a number of health complications sidelined the daytime diva to the point of stepping away from her show, the "Wendy Williams" has been airing without Williams herself for a full season.

Without the Williams, the final show will celebrate Williams' groundbreaking accomplishments as a talk show host and all of her most-talked about moments with a video montage.

"The final original episode of 'The Wendy Williams Show' will air on Friday, June 17th with a video tribute to the iconic host. The series comes to an end after 13 successful years in syndication," a spokesperson for the show said in a statement to Variety.

Sherri Shepherd, who is set to debut her "Sherri" show this fall in Williams' old time slots, is hosting the final week and episode of "The Wendy Williams Show."

However, Wendy Williams herself probably won't be watching. After hearing that Shepherd is getting her own show to fit her format, she shadily replied that she won't be watching the show.

"'The Wendy Williams Show' is one of the biggest hits in talk show history. Hailing from Debmar-Mercury, the show began as a summer test-run in 2008, before launching into national syndication in 2009," reports Variety. "After conquering radio with her gift for gab, Williams then redefined the daytime television space and became known as the queen of gossip, who helmed her signature solo 'Hot Topics' segments for more than 20 minutes with no commercial breaks every single day on live, national television."

In various interviews, Williams has stated that she plans to return to her show in some form or fashion, whether it be on TV or radio.

In a statement to Variety last month, Debmar-Mercury co-presidents Ira Bernstein and Mort Marcus said they would be willing to work with Williams again.

"It doesn't mean the next day, but we will put it together and figure it out," Bernstein said. "It's not like we have a Plan B where we hit a button and it's back in a week, but we do have the desire to be in business with her, if she can come back and be healthy, and so does Fox."

Marcus added, "Other than her health, she could have continued to keep doing it as long as she wanted. She was still getting a rating and she has a die-hard audience that turned it into a profitable show."

How you doing? Will you be watching the finale of "The Wendy Williams Show"?