“It’s been a challenging time for Wendy as she deals with her health issues. She is incredibly grateful to Debmar-Mercury, to Sherri and everybody else who has supported the show through this time.
“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. She understands why this decision was made from a business point of view, 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.”
— Wendy Williams's spokesperson Howard Bragman issued a statement to Deadline exclusively, following the announcement that her eponymous talk show would end in June after 13 seasons and The Wendy Williams Show guest host Sherri Shepherd will host her own show in the fall. Williams has been sidelined by health issues for much of this season of her show. Debmar-Mercury, the production and syndication company behind both shows, said they'd welcome Williams back when she's healthy and if she wants to return:
“We all have a great love and affinity for Wendy, who grew into a true icon during her 12 incredible seasons as the solo host of a live, daily talk show dishing on ‘Hot Topics’ and interviewing celebrities,” said Debmar-Mercury Co-Presidents Mort Marcus and Ira Bernstein to Deadline. “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. We hope to be able to work with Wendy again in the future, and continue to wish her a speedy and full recovery.”