Wendy Williams speaks out for the first time since her daytime talk show was officially canceled. The media queen opens up about her current state of health, the fiasco with Wells Fargo locking down her accounts and assures her fans she’s making a comeback! More inside…
Wendy Williams is speaking out again, less than a month after reappearing on social media.
Following the official cancellation of her hit daytime self-titled talk show, the 57-year-old TV host wanted to reach out to her Wendy Watchers to update them on how she’s doing health wise, set the record straight on what happened with her Wells Fargo bank accounts getting locked down, and shares how long she needs before she’s ready to get back on television.
As you know, Wendy’s ailing health kept her from returning to the 13th season of her daytime talk show as she struggled with Graves’ disease and a thyroid condition. While there has been much speculation about Wendy’s health with rumors swirling that she was suffering with early stages of dementia and that she was wheelchair bound.
Today, Wendy appeared on “Good Morning America” for an interview with TJ Holmes. The talk show star decided NOT to do a video call, but she did chat it up via audio call to share what’s been going on with her. She said she’s ready to get BACK to work - just give her a few months and it’s on.
“Give me about three months,” she said in the phone 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.”
Last month, producers of “The Wendy Show” confirmed the show would end after 14 seasons. Gust co-host SherriShepherd - who became a fan favorite - will take over Wendy’s time slot with her own self-titled talk, set to premiere this fall.
A few days before it was confirmed the show would end, Wendy reappeared on social media with a new verified Instagram handle. In a video, she shared she had been resting and relaxing in Florida surrounded by family and that she had big plans on “coming back stronger.”
However, fans weren’t totally convinced the video shared was recent based on some outdated things she mentioned in the clip, such as her age and speaking as if her mother was still alive.
Amid her health and career struggles, the media personality was also dealing with a legal battle with Wells Fargo Bank after they froze her accounts for two months, which she revealed prevented her from fulfilling her financial obligations, including mortgage payments and employee payroll.
“They say that I need somebody to handle my account. And I don’t want that,” she explained. “I want all my money. I want to see all my money that I’ve worked hard for my entire life. My entire life. I don’t lie, I don’t cheat and I don’t steal. I am an honest, hard-working person.”
In the legal court documents, Wells Fargo froze her accounts and requested a hearing for temporary guardianship where they referred to the popular daytime talk show host as an “incapacitated” person. According to the TV host, that’s not the truth.
“I want to spend more time with my family,” Williams said. “And you know, working out and waiting for the responses to my money situation and Wells Fargo. And they don’t like that. I’ve worked hard every single day, even on days when you know, I might have a little cold.”
We wonder what “THEY” she is referring to. It was previously reported that the mental health accusations stem from a “former employee who is upset because she no longer has direct and unfettered access to Wendy’s financial affairs.”
“If I was sick because you know, my back -- or you know, when I got the lymphedema and stuff like that -- I would still do my show. But quickly, not long time, very quickly, it went bad regarding this money thing,” she shared.
According to the affidavit filed with the New York Supreme Court (obtained by Complex), the employee in question is her former financial advisor Lori Schiller.
“Wells Fargo’s priority is the financial well-being of Ms. Williams and the preservation of her privacy. As we have expressed to the Court, Wells Fargo is open to working with Ms. Williams’ counsel to release funds directly to her creditors for bills historically and regularly paid from her accounts,” a spokesperson for Wells Fargo said.
Don’t count her out just yet. Once Wendy handles some things privately behind the scenes, she said she’s coming back “bigger and brighter than ever.”
“This is what I would love to say to my Wendy watchers: Keep watching because I’m going to be back on the Wendy show bigger and brighter than ever,” she said.
Watch her full interview below:
Since 2019, Wendy has been battling with her health, divorced her husband, Kevin Hunter Sr., after two decades when she learned he fathered a child with another woman, her mother's death, and she has been struggling with staying sober.
As all that was going on, the COVID-19 pandemic hit (which she tested postive for via a breakthrough case), only making things worse. We hope things turn around for the legendary TV host soon!
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