Wendy Williams' Theoretical Talk Show Return Is 'Logistically Impossible' Despite Embattled Host's Insistence: Source
Despite Wendy Williams' best efforts and continuous claims, it seems she will not be making a return to The Wendy Williams Show.
The former radio jockey has remained adamant about her return to her famed purple chair after stepping back from her beloved talk show last September due to several health woes, but according to multiple sources, it's "logistically impossible."
First of all, her TV show's production company, Debmar-Mercury, already signed a deal with returning guest host Sherri Shepherd to take over Williams' time slot with her own new series, Sherri, set to premiere this fall, as TV pros explained to Page Six.
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“Where’s she gonna go? It’s done," declared the source to the outlet. "Logistically, it won’t work. Sherri has her time slots."
The Debmar-Mercury co-presidents announced earlier this year that Shepherd would be taking over for Williams after The View alum received rave reviews during her hosting stints on The Wendy Williams Show.
Another insider spilled Williams ruffled a few feathers with her production company after sitting down for an IG Live with Fat Joe over the weekend and discussed the show switch up. During her rare appearance, Williams, 57, declared she'll definitely be returning to her show and won't be tuning in to Shepherd's new series.
"I’m coming back to ‘The Wendy Williams Show.’ Absolutely. Absolutely," she told Fat Joe, who has been filling in as guest host alongside Remy Ma amid Williams' absence.
Williams went on to subtly shade Shepherd and her latest business endeavor confirming she won't be watching Sherri because: "That’s not really my thing."
"But I love being on my own show, and I love that people love to watch it all the time," Williams continued, seemingly diverting the attention away from Shepherd and back onto her own success.
The embattled host didn't stop there, as she told Fat Joe that while multiple guest hosts have filled in for Williams in recent months, she'd prefer that only he and Ma filled in for her going forward. "I love everyone hosting it, but I have to say, I wish you only did that… I love you two or just her or just you," said Williams.
Debmar-Mercury "is not happy" Fat Joe interviewed Williams, the source spilled, noting: “He didn’t give them a heads-up about it and she did not appear well. She didn’t seem like she was all there. At times, she couldn’t even complete a sentence."
They also candidly pointed out Williams is "uninsurable" considering “She has not been able to consistently work… She did not have the mental and physical capacity to host her show."
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“[Debmar] wanted her back more than anybody," maintained the source to the outlet. "They would’ve loved for her to finish out this chapter.”
The Wendy Williams Show will officially come to an end in June. After news of Williams being dismissed from her show made headlines, OK! learned she was reportedly considering legal action. “Wendy is on sick leave and has basically been fired," an insider pointed out of her getting the boot. “She is considering legal action against her producers and is also deciding on what to do about Sherri Shepherd."
Meanwhile, Williams may want to settle her current legal battle before getting involved in another. The ailing host brought Wells Fargo to court after they froze her accounts back in February claiming she was the victim of financial exploitation and needed guardianship.