Just after 13 seasons on air, “The Wendy Williams Show” is officially coming to an stop as its eponymous host continues to struggle Graves’ disorder, a thyroid-associated autoimmune affliction that has compelled her to take a crack from television.
On Tuesday, media enterprise Debmar-Mercury introduced that the syndicated gossip program would be changed this slide by a new speak collection headlined by Sherri Shepherd. The “Sex Life of Faculty Girls” actor and other leisure figures have been visitor-web hosting the 13th year of “The Wendy Williams Show” in Williams’ absence.
“I am so fired up to have my dream arrive legitimate and debut my quite own chat exhibit SHERRI in the slide,” Shepherd mentioned Tuesday in a statement.
“I just can’t wait till I return to NY to host the show and merge every little thing I enjoy…pop tradition, converse, entertainment and comedy. I am thankful to Debmar-Mercury and FOX [TV stations] for partnering with me on this display and search ahead to this new journey.”
When Williams has been out for professional medical motives, Shepherd has posted the best scores of “The Wendy Williams Show’s” 13th season during her stint as guest host. Alongside with other rotating subs, the comedian and actor will keep on to fill in for Williams for the remainder of the daytime show’s last chapter.
“Sherri is a normal who proved her web hosting abilities for a lot of many years as a panelist on ‘The Watch,’ on FOX’s ‘Dish Nation’ and yet again this period as a well-liked guest host of ‘Wendy,’” Mort Marcus and Ira Bernstein, co-presidents of Debmar-Mercury, explained in a assertion.
“Like our viewers, we have been impressed by the exceptional comedic twist Sherri places on our daily stay ‘Hot Topics’ section, her creativeness and interactions with our guests. Her appreciate for the information and daytime followers is obvious, and we are fired up to associate with her to develop one more extensive-expression talk franchise.”
In July, Williams bid farewell to audiences at the stop of Season 12, declaring she would return as host in “two months and two months.” But her comeback was continuously delayed by myriad wellbeing concerns, which includes a case of COVID-19.
In addition to her actual physical wellness, Williams’ mental effectively-currently being has also been known as into concern — however the previous radio DJ’s attorney has insisted there are “no worries about her condition of head.”
Given that “The Wendy Williams Show” debuted in the summertime of 2008, Williams has develop into identified for her biting commentary on pop society. Throughout its operate, the chat demonstrate and its star have been nominated for a selection of Daytime Emmy Awards.
“This is also a bitter-sweet minute for us and our associates at FOX,” Marcus and Bernstein ongoing in their assertion. “We all have a wonderful really like and affinity for Wendy, who grew into a real icon throughout her 12 unbelievable seasons as the solo host of a live, day-to-day converse clearly show dishing on ‘Hot Topics’ and interviewing celebrities.
“Since Wendy is continue to not accessible to host the display as she continues on her street to restoration, we believe it is best for our supporters, stations and marketing partners to commence producing this transition now. We hope to be in a position to operate with Wendy again in the future, and keep on to desire her a speedy and total restoration.”