Wendy Williams Has Not Been Fired Or Quit Hosting Gig, Production 'Running Out The Clock' With Guest Hosts: Source
Wendy Williams has not been fired, but things still aren't looking good for her return to her famed purple chair.
As rumors swirled that the beloved talk show host had quit — or worse, been fired from — her hosting gig with The Wendy Williams Show, sources say that while that's not the case, production doesn't expect her to come back either way.
"Production is running out the clock with all these guest hosts," an insider spilled to The Sun. "They’re literally just waiting for the season to end, and after that, it’s gone."
The insider also noted that until the end of the season, producers don't have a choice but to keep the show rolling because it has been syndicated to stations all over the country.
"If she’s officially fired or quits," they continued. "All those stations could potentially pull out of the contract."
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This comes after OK! reported Williams had cut off all communication with production staff as she continued to battle a series of health issues that kept her from returning to the popular talk show for its season premiere back in September.
"She hasn’t been talking to anybody, not producers, not senior producers- no one," a source dished. "She has disappeared and the only line of contact production has is through her manager."
"She's isolated herself from everyone and isn’t talking to anybody connected to the show," they explained of the former DJ's notable absence. "I don't think she's ever going to come back to the studio."
The 57-year-old's seemingly endless health problems began earlier this summer when Williams was forced to take a break from the show due to several concerns including testing positive for a breakthrough case of COVID-19, hospitalization for psychiatric services, and complications from Graves disease.
Since then, the talk show has managed to amble along with a series of guest hosts including Sherri Shepherd, Leah Remini and Michael Rapaport.
There is currently no official word on if Williams will ever make her triumphant return, or if the show will continue after this season.