Wendy Williams is working through a lot of tough emotions after the bombshell cancellation of The Wendy Williams Show, but rumors are swirling that the ailing former host may already have a new show in the works.
It was announced on Tuesday, February 22, that Williams' daytime chat fest slot will be taken over by Sherri Shepherd and rebranded Sherri in Fall 2022.
Now, the former host is feeling disrespected by the way the controversial news was announced.
"Sherri’s show was announced on The Wendy Williams Show, with Wendy's audience and with all of her followers," a source pointed out to The Sun. "Wendy has 2.6 million subscribers on her YouTube alone. That’s Wendy’s YouTube! She built that following, not Sherri, not the production company."
"It was bad enough they canceled her show and gave Sherri her own daytime talk show which is set to take over Wendy’s time slot," the source continued, "It was a total slap in the face for it to be announced on Wendy’s show and her platforms."
According to the insider, "they had a full goodbye package ready to go with all the best of moments over the years," which would include showcasing some of her biggest guest stars and her funniest moments, but production inexplicably decided not to use the video as a final goodbye to the host that spent 12 seasons in her famed purple chair.
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"Normally they would want to pass the baton — but at this point, they’re not even saying ‘Good bye,’" the source added of the pointed snub, "It's barely even a ‘Bye.’ It’s just incredible."
This comes as rumors swirl that Williams is hard at work hammering out a multi-million dollar podcast deal with Spotify after her lucrative talk show gig slipped out of her grasp.
"Now, we know that Spotify gave Joe Rogan $100 million… I think that Wendy Williams is up to something and that’s why she’s not posting or anything," host Al Reynolds said on Fox Soul on Thursday, February 24. "I think this is a lead-up to a bigger announcement that we’re going to see coming down the pipe on her newfound home."
Reynolds further noted that the rumor is simply "word on the street" and hasn't officially been confirmed by Williams.
As OK! previously reported, Shepherd took to Instagram on Friday, February 25, to share the happy news that her own podcast had won the NAACP Image Award win for Outstanding Podcast Lifestyle Self Help for her show "Two Funny Mamas."
"This podcast was birthed during the Quarantine & is a labor of love — not to mention it took THREE years to convince #kymwhitley to do it!" she wrote via Instagram of her podcast cohost before going on to thank her fans for their continuous support. "We appreciate each and every one of you."