Employees at The Wendy Williams Show are reportedly not happy with upper management and the way that the show has been running.
“They’re not factoring in the culture," a source told the outlet. "The all-white management is out of touch with the demographic, which skews mostly African American.”
In the past six months, producers have brought in talents like Sherri Shepherd, Leah Remini, and Whitney Cummings to keep the former radio DJ's purple chair warm while she focuses on her health. However, after giving the guest host spot multiple times over to funny man Michael Rapaport — staff members feel that the show has grown stale with ratings taking a dive.
"It’s like they’re programming against the culture instead of leaning into it,” the insider said after the show kicked off Black History Month with Rapaport at the helm.
Despite behind the scenes staff not loving the actor, 51, as host — welcoming back the King Of Queens actress, 51, would be more ideal. But there's a catch — she won't feed into the gossip.
- 'The Wendy Williams Show' Looking For A Full-Time Replacement After Ratings Soar Without Wendy Williams: Report
- Wendy Williams 'Has Every Intention On Coming Back To Her Show,' The TV Personality Is 'Feeling Better Every Day,' Insider Reveals
- Leah Remini Blindsided By Sherri Shepherd Taking Over As Permanent Guest Hosting Duties At 'The Wendy Williams Show' : Report
“Everyone knows people tune into Wendy for hot topics, but [Remini] refuses to talk about celebs,” the insider dished, adding that Debmar-Mercury may be using Remini's guest stints as a test for her own talk show.
“Leah is a true professional and a pleasure to work with," a spokesperson from the show explained. "We have invited her back to the show to guest-host and we are working on the dates."
Although reports have surfaced that Williams, 57, will not ever be coming back to her namesake show, a source close to production told the outlet, “It’s her show, so whenever she’s ready to come back, she’ll be back.”