Yesterday, we reported that Wendy Williams allegedly released a statement through a spokesperson about the production and syndication company Debmar-Mercury ending her talk show this June. However, Williams shared on her Instagram story, later in the day, that she hadn't authorized the spokesperson to speak on her behalf. Now the spokesperson is questioning whether Williams wrote the Instagram story. Let's get into ...
The statement, which was released by Howard Bragman exclusively to Deadline, said Williams was grateful to Debmar-Mercury, The Wendy Williams Show guest host Sherri Shepherd, and others who supported her through the "challenging time" of addressing her health issues. In addition, the statement said Williams understood that Debmar-Mercury couldn't sell "The Maybe Wendy Show," referring to the many guest hosts who have filled in for the queen of daytime TV this season. The statement also provided some hope that Williams could return to TV to comment on pop culture and interview celebrities like no one else can. "She understands why this decision was made from a business point of view," the statement read, "and 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."
If you think that bit about "The Maybe Wendy Show" was shady, you may be right because Williams says she didn't authorize the statement. She posted the below message from her own Instagram account, @therealwendywilliamsonline, which Williams launched recently.
However, Bragman questions the source of the 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 wrote to People.
Williams has experienced complications from a thyroid condition and Graves' disease since last year. As a result, she's missed most of the filming this season and isn't expected to return before her show ends, according to a People source.
Some fans of Williams have expressed their sadness that The Wendy Williams Show is ending and that Williams might not be able to say farewell herself.