Wendy Williams slams publicist for speaking out without permission, after cancellation of the Wendy Williams Show after 13 seasons.
It was reported that her representative Howard Bragman shared confirmation on Williams’ behalf. In response to news about her show ending with this season. The statement included, “…She is incredibly grateful to Debmar-Mercury, to Sherri and everybody else who has supported the show through this time…She understands the reality of syndicated television. You can’t go to the marketplace and sell a show that’s the ‘Maybe Wendy Show.’”
As the latest installment of Wendy Williams’ mystery news continued to develop, it appears that the plot has indeed thickened.
Last week, a new page under the name of TheRealWendyWilliamaOnline, which differs from the additional Instagram accounts operated under Wendy’s name. Posting updates from Williams herself about her health and her whereabouts. After news of her departure from the show then its cancellation, the following message was uploaded to the account’s Instagram story with prayer hands and sparkle emojis:
“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. Again thanks for your continuing concern and support.”
Also on the newly created account is a video of Williams speaking to fans. Whereb she talks about her health condition amidst rumours of her worsening condition due to her prolonged hiatus.
In a statement, Howard Bragman stated that he is “honestly convinced of the source of that social media post.” He continued, “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.”
The presenter, 57, has been out of the spotlight for several months due to ill health. With a string of stars stepping in to take the reins of The Wendy Williams Show.
It was announced that Sherri Sheppherd will be inheriting the time slot. With her new series, Sherri, later this year.
In response to the announcement, Wendy’s PR agent Howard Bragman shared a statement. Which the star has now called him out for.
‘It’s been a challenging time for Wendy as she deals with her health issues,’ it read. ‘She is incredibly grateful to Debmar-Mercury, to Sherri and everybody else who has supported the show through this time.
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 If she still desires that she would be back on TV at that time.’
In a post which was shared on Wendy’s official Instagram story. It appears she has ordered him to stop speaking on her behalf.
’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 read.
‘Again, Thanks for your continuing concern and support.’
However, responding to the remark, Howard has questioned the ‘source’ of his client’s post.
‘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,’ he told People Magazine.
Wendy sparked concern from fans when she took time out of the spotlight last September, due to a series of health issues.
She has not been on screens since then and has reportedly suffered other medical complications in that time.
It was confirmed that the talk show will officially end in june. The show was being fronted by its many guest hosts Including Sherri, Fat Joe, Nick Cannon and Michael Rapaport. With Sherri taking on the time slot.
‘Since Wendy is still not available to host the show as she continues on her road to recovery, we believe it is best for our fans, stations and advertising partners to start making this transition now,’ producers said in a statement.
‘Like our viewers, we have been impressed by the unique comedic twist Sherri puts on our daily live Hot Topics segment. With her creativity and interactions with our guests.
‘Her love for the content and daytime fans is obvious. We are excited to partner with her to create another long-term talk franchise.’
Sherri added of the news: ‘OMG! I am so excited to have my dream come true. To debut my very own talk show Sherri in the fall.
‘I can’t wait until I return to NY to host the show and merge everything I love…pop culture, talk, entertainment and comedy.’