Wendy Williams had to be reminded a number of occasions that The Wendy Williams Show was canceled within the months following her final look in February. A brand new report from Hollywood Reporter revealed Wednesday, detailed what led to the demise of the daytime TV staple — and the way Williams’ struggles with habit and power sickness took a toll on her and her present.

According to the report, Williams reached out to executives a number of occasions asking why her present had been canceled, performing as if the conversations had been occurring for the primary time every time she known as. Debmar-Mercury co-presidents Ira Bernstein and Mort Marcus informed THR that they had a number of conversations with Williams to remind her that the present had ended.

“I stated, ‘We haven’t heard from you, and we had to decide,’ ” Bernstein stated. “We ought to have made one in November, however we pushed it to January or February, and by then, it was like, ‘Make a call or lose the time interval.’”

After being informed her 10 a.m. slot was overtaken by The View‘s Sherri Shephard, William requested if she might take over the 11 o’clock hour. “I stated, ‘We’d love to work with you, and there are many methods and many consumers, however you want to come again, and we’d like to know that you just’re OK,” Bernstein stated. “You can’t simply name after 9 months and say, ‘I’m prepared.’”

In a separate interview, Marcus stated that Williams was unable to even present a health care provider’s word saying she was wholesome sufficient to return on the air. “I consider that if there was a chunk of paper that stated, ‘No downside, she’s all good,’ she wouldn’t hesitate to present it,” Marcus stated.

The THR report detailed how staffers texted executives “a minimum of 25” occasions to ask whether or not she was sober sufficient to go on air. Another supply informed the outlet that staffers would discover “bottles [of alcohol] up within the ceiling tiles and different unusual locations within the workplace.” The present even had to pull a pre-recorded episode and change it with a repeat since she appeared too intoxicated on-screen, with producers figuring out on different exhibits that she appeared “effective sufficient” to go on air. “Everybody on that workers and crew witnessed every kind of issues,” stated one supply.

Things took a darkish flip when she addressed her workers on Zoom in an try to calm the massive group of individuals on her present’s workforce in September 2021. “She begins rambling about ‘I’m actually effective, it’s going to be effective,’ and it’s like, ‘What are you saying?’” one insider stated, including that the speak present host was “beginning not to be coherent.”


Lonnie Burstein, one other Debmar-Mercury government, added that the speech lasted practically three minutes: “It was not fairly,” Burstein stated. “People had been form of freaked out. She was saying issues like, ‘Oh, I can’t wait, I’ll be again with you actually quickly,’ however it was apparent to anybody watching that she was not going to be again actually quickly.”

Williams’ spokesperson Shawn Zanotti despatched an e-mail to Holywood Reporter acknowledging Williams’ struggles with habit and each Grave’s illness and lymphedema. “It has been no secret that Wendy has battled with habit over time however right now Wendy is on the highway to restoration and therapeutic herself from her power diseases and her grievances of the previous,” Zanotti wrote to the outlet. “What we do know is that Wendy has a historical past of power sickness that she has publicly spoken about.”

The prolonged report from Hollywood Reporter comes a number of weeks after Williams appeared on TMZ Live, the place she was seen slurring her phrases, dropping her practice of thought, and even elevating her foot to the digicam to present the consequences of her lymphedema. “To this present day,” Burstein stated, “we don’t know actually what the difficulty is.”

The report additionally featured an interview along with her new supervisor William Selby, with whom Williams teased doing a podcast, and who informed THR was doing his finest to assist her throughout this time. “She’s an grownup,” Selby stated. “I can’t lock her up in a home and say, ‘Don’t transfer, don’t even look out the window.’ This isn’t jail.”

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