The Wendy Williams Show is coming to an end after 13 seasons in syndication: NPR

The long-running daytime show, The Wendy Williams Show, is officially ending Friday after 13 seasons in syndication. Here, the TV talk show host arrives during the Soul Train Awards 2014 in Las Vegas.

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The long-running daytime show, The Wendy Williams Show, is officially ending Friday after 13 seasons in syndication. Here, the TV talk show host arrives during the Soul Train Awards 2014 in Las Vegas.

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The Wendy Williams Show airs its final episode this Friday, after nearly 14 years filled with hundreds of notable guests, accolades and countless controversies.

According to Variety, who first broke the news of the show’s series finale, the daytime talk show host will not be present for the final episode. The series finale will include a video montage celebrating Williams’ appearance on TV.

“The final original episode of The Wendy Williams Show airs on Friday, June 17th with a video honoring the iconic presenter. The series comes to an end after 13 years of successful distribution,” said a spokesperson for the show. Variety.

The 57-year-old TV host, who has been the show’s original host since its 2009 debut, has not been on the air in her famous purple chair since 2020 after a series of health issues. Williams suffers from Graves’ disease, an autoimmune disease that affects the thyroid.

Since her two-year absence from the show, several guest presenters have filled in, including Leah Remini, Fat Joe, and Remy Ma. More recently, the program was hosted by the former co-host of In cashSherri Shepherd, who will host the series finale.

Representatives for Williams did not immediately respond to NPR’s request for comment about the show’s ending.

In February, executives announced that this fall, The Wendy Williams Show will be replaced by a new show hosted by Shepherd titled “Sherri”. The new show will switch to times previously occupied by Williams, producer and distributor Debmar-Mercury told the Associated Press.

“As Wendy is not yet available to host the show as she continues on her path to recovery, we believe it’s best for our fans, broadcasters and advertising partners to start making this transition now,” company co-presidents Mort Marcus and Ira Bernstein. said in a statement.

Inside Williams moves from radio to TV

As Williams’ fame catapulted during her daytime talk show, she started rocking the airwaves.

His fearlessness in talking about anything and anyone goes back to his time sitting behind the microphone.

Williams’ show “The Wendy Williams Experience” was the culmination of her 23-year radio career. The show was distributed nationally on the WBLS in New York and was heard by an audience of over 12 million people, according to the Wendy Show website.

After graduating from Northeastern University in communications, Williams got his first job working at a small station in the Virgin Islands. During this time, she saved her money and honed her craft despite feeling isolated.

“That first initial decision to let go of everything I know and go somewhere where I didn’t know anyone and I hated it, cry every day, work at my job and feel like a real outsider and really broke… I said it was glamorous and wonderful, and it really was excruciating,” Williams told NPR in 2007.

That initial push paid off, launching a career that took her to Washington, DC, New York and Philadelphia.

Over the years, Willams’ mouth has gotten her into some hot water – one notable confrontation has been between her and Whitney Houston. In 2007, she spoke to NPR about how she is able to push her guests.

“The best way to put it is very simple: I create an outside life and interests so that it’s not dependent on invitations to Whitney Houston’s July 4th BBQ off the coast of Long Island,” Williams told NPR at the time. “Instead, you know, I’d be doing stuff with my own inner circle, which doesn’t involve anybody that nobody knows.”

His improvised dialogue is what earned him a daytime talk show. Collected in 2008, The Wendy Williams Show it was nominated for multiple daytime Emmy Awards and is watched by millions daily, according to the show’s website. At its height, his show was in direct competition with Ellenanother daytime talk show that recently closed its curtains for the last time.

Williams’ show aired daily in a one-hour slot. Broadcast live in front of a studio audience, each episode began with the iconic “Hot Topics” segment with Williams walking onto the stage, holding a mug and gossiping. Williams has always been very engaged with her audience, featuring segments such as “Ask Wendy” and referring to audience members as her co-hosts.

The show was known for its hot topics and controversies.

Despite the former on-air radio and TV host’s success over the past 14 years – nominated for 11 Daytime Emmys and four People’s Choice Awards – Williams has been criticized multiple times for her controversial and celebrity interviews.

In recent years, Williams has made several controversial comments about former actress and Duchess of Sussex Meghan Markle, Grammy-winning singer Dionne Warwick, rapper Lil’ Kim and television personality NeNe Leakes.

In a 2019 profile with New York Times Magazinethe talk show host discussed her controversial interviews, saying, “I’m often accused of being the person who says things people really want to say, but maybe they’re too afraid to say.”

“By the grace of God, people have given me permission to say these things for 10 seasons. Sometimes I get into trouble, but that’s okay. I actually can’t even think of what kind of trouble,” Williams added.

Williams left a lasting legacy

Williams’ show had a major impact on pop culture. Every day memes from her show are used in online communication. the end of Wendy no return from their host left fans upset.

On Instagram, several Wendy Williams fan accounts organized a blackout, discouraging people from watching the finale in protest at her absence.

Many fans also created tributes online, remembering some of their favorite moments from the show, including @_Xorah_ on Twitter.

How Williams herself feels about her show’s finale is unknown. Williams is experiencing personal issues with managing his finances.

After inquiring about his finances and trying to switch banks, Wells Fargo filed a petition to place Williams under financial guardianship in March, his lawyer told The Hollywood Reporter.

Williams has been battling the conservatorship and took to her personal Instagram account in March to speak out. Fans have compared Williams’ situation to that of Britney Spears, who recently came out of a 13-year guardianship.

What comes next for Williams remains unknown.

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