Since the season debuted, multiple stars have stepped in as guest hosts until Williams returns.
Wendy Williams has been hosting The Wendy Williams Show since 2008[/caption]
Where is Wendy Williams today?
After Wendy Williams took a step back from hosting her talk show following a variety of health struggles, the star said she is itching to get back to work.
“HOW YOU DOIN’? I MISS YOU ALL! As everyone knows, my health has been a hot topic. I’m making progress but it’s just one of those things that’s taking longer than we expected,” she wrote to her fans via Instagram on November 8, 2021.
“I’m a woman of a certain age, and I know enough to listen to my doctors and will return to my purple chair as soon as we all agree I’m ready.
I love spending my mornings with you all and I’m doing everything I can to get back to work, but right now Wendy has to focus on Wendy. I love you for watching.”
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Williams has had a tough couple months after a Covid-19 diagnosis and ongoing health issues. The talk show announced the 57-year-old will not be returning for the upcoming season, as she is “not ready” to be on camera due to “ongoing medical issues.”
Fans have since raved about her performance saying she has done an “amazing job” filling in.
“Wendy continues to be under medical supervision and meets with her medical team on a daily basis. She is making progress but is experiencing serious complications as a direct result of Graves’ Disease and her thyroid condition.”
The post continued: “Wendy is a valued and stalwart member of the Debmar-Mercury family and has been so for 12 years. We want her health to be her top priority. As soon as she’s ready, she will be back in her treasured purple chair. We very much appreciate the respect for Wendy’s privacy, as well as all the good wishes from her fans, station partners and advertisers.”
While Williams recovers in New York City, her son, Kevin Hunter Jr., is residing in Florida, where he was spotted with friends at a nightclub in Tallahassee.
Due to the latest surge of Covid-19 cases the show announced on their website that they will be switching to a virtual audience.
“Due to the growing number of new COVID-19 cases and to ensure the safety of our crew members and staff, “The Wendy Williams Show” will now return with new live episodes with a VIRTUAL AUDIENCE.”
The soonest date available to request to be a virtual audience member is January 10, 2022.
Who else is guest hosting the Wendy Williams show?
“Due to appendicitis, Sherri Shepherd underwent an emergency surgery yesterday. The procedure was successful and Ms. Shepherd is doing fine and resting,” Shepherd’s publicist said in a statement to Deadline.
“She is absolutely devastated that she will not be able to guest host The Wendy Williams Show today, but she is following doctors orders and expected to make a full recovery. Thank you all for understanding and respecting her privacy.”
Despite surgery, she hopes to return later this week.
Prior to Shepherd and Rapaport, Remy Ma and Fat Joe stepped in following Devyn Simone, Bevy Smith, Elizabeth Wagmeister, Whitney Cumings, and Michael Yo.
As the show continues its season without Williams, it has seen a jump of 33% in household ratings, according to The Wrap and as for syndicated talk shows, it currently ranks fifth behind Dr. Phil, Live With Kelly and Ryan, Ellen and The Kelly Clarkson Show.
How much does Wendy Williams make on The Wendy Williams Show?
Over the years, Williams has been able to accumulate an impressive net worth thanks to her career.
Celebrity Net Worth estimates Williams’ net worth at $40 million and reports that her annual salary is $10 million, or $55,000 an episode.
It is unknown if these numbers will be impacted following her decision to not return at this time.
Who is Wendy Williams dating?
For 20 years, Williams was married to Kevin Hunter, with whom she shares son Kevin Jr, 21.
In 2019, the two decided to part ways and Williams has since been linked to a couple of different men.
In early 2021, Williams was dating Maryland-based booker Mike Esterman, but after a couple months of dating, he exclusively told The Sun that they had drifted apart because of his busy work scheduled.
“It’s a busy time of the year for home improvement, I don’t know if I can give her what she wants,” Esterman said. “Nobody called it a day, there’s just no time to meet up. We talk when we can. I can’t hold her back from meeting someone who can give her more.”
Just a few months later, Williams was seen celebrating her son’s birthday in August with a new man.
Williams shared a snap with her man in the car captioned: “My son’s 21st birthday party on the yacht in #Miami was everything he wanted! Even my boyfriend.”
While she has confirmed a new relationship, the man’s identity is still unknown.
On October 27, 2021, it was reported that Wendy’s ex-husband Hunter was engaged to his baby mama Sharina Hudson.
Earlier this year, The Sun exclusively revealed the first photos of Sharina and Kevin’s toddler daughter, and the family’s quiet life in Florida out of the spotlight.