Wendy Williams says she’ll be back on TV in 3 months despite Sherri Shepherd takeover
Wendy Williams has a message for her fans: Don’t count me out.
Williams says she’ll be back soon! Despite her absence for a whole season and temporary host Sherri Shepherd recently being named host in the same time slot.
In an off-camera interview broadcast on “GMA” Thursday, Williams said she is ready for her return to TV.
“Give me about three months,” Williams said in the audio interview. “There are private things that I have to deal with and then I’ll be ready to come back and be free and ready to do my thing.”
GMA” said those things don’t involve her health.
Williams, who grew up in Ocean Township and previously resided in Livingston, has been away from her talk show while dealing with complications of Graves’ disease, an autoimmune condition affecting the thyroid.
The show’s season premiere last fall was delayed. After Williams tested positive for COVID 19 in a breakthrough case, but she never returned to the show and a series of guest hosts, including Shepherd, have filled in.
But in the interview, Williams, 57, said she has “the mind and body of a 25-year-old.”
Keep watching because I’m going to be back on the Wendy show, bigger and brighter than ever,” she said. Though she wasn’t ready to appear on camera or Zoom just yet.
Sherri Shepherd was announced last month as the host of a new talk show called “Sherri” starting this fall. An Instagram post from Williams’ personal account denied a spokesman was authorized to speak for her.
“It’s been a challenging time for Wendy as she deals with her health issues,” spokesman. Howard Brahman had said in a statement when Debar-Mercury, the production company behind “Wendy,” announced Shepherd as host of “Sherri” while leaving the door open for Williams to return to TV.
She is incredibly grateful to Debmar-Mercury. Also to Sherri and everybody else who has supported the show through this time,” Bragman said.
“She, more than anyone, understands the reality of syndicated television — you can’t go to the marketplace and sell a show that’s The Maybe Wendy Show,” Bragman continued. “She understands why this decision was made from a business point of view. She has been assured by Debmar-Mercury that should her health get to a point where she can host again and should her desire be that she hosts again that she would be back on TV at that time.”
The same day, a message appeared on Williams’ Instagram account.
“Mr. Bragman although I appreciate your concerns and respect you immensely I have not authorized you to make any statements on my behalf regarding my current status with Debmar Mercury,” the post said.
Bragman said he couldn’t be sure of the message’s authenticity and if it was really from Williams.
“I’m not honestly convinced of the source of that social media post, so when my old friend Wendy FaceTimes me personally and we alone have a chance to discuss recent events, together we can figure out the best path forward,” Bragman said in his own Instagram post.
Williams was seen on a Florida beach in a video filmed by her son posted on her Instagram account. “GMA” said she’s now back in New York.
The talk show host also denied accusations from her bank Wells Fargo. That she needs someone to oversee her access to funds. Williams says she has been blocked from her accounts.
The bank requested a conservatorship, claiming she is “victim of undue influence and financial exploitation.”
“They say I need somebody to handle my account and I don’t want that,” Williams told “GMA.”
“I want all my money,” she said. “I want to see all my money that I’ve worked hard for my entire life.”