The Wendy Williams Show will reportedly be making some very big changes this year.
Sherri Shepherd will become a ‘permanent guest host’ and take over the show in September, which will likely change the name of the chat fest, according to a Tuesday report from TMZ.
This comes four months after 57-year-old Wendy took time off from her popular talk show to deal with her health issues reportedly connected to her longtime struggle with the autoimmune disorder Graves’ disease.
New on the scene: The Wendy Williams Show will reportedly be making some very big changes. Sherri Shepherd will become a ‘permanent guest host’
Wendy left the show in October.
The site added that ‘the deal is almost locked, and everyone involved expects it will be inked in the very near future.’
But there is a catch. The outlet added that the show executives will be checking in with Wendy steadily until September.
If Williams’ health improves and she can get back on her feet and in the studio, the door is open for her to come back.
Sherri is a 54-year-old TV personality from Illinois who is best known for her work on The View and the show Sherri. She has also appeared on Mr Iglesias and The Sex Lives Of College Girls.
Since Wendy took her break there have been guests hosts.
Ailing: This comes after 57-year-old Wendy has taken time off from her popular talk show to deal with her health issues reportedly connected to her longtime struggle with the autoimmune disorder Graves’ disease; seen in June 2021
Sherri started filling in but had to miss one guest-hosting date last month after having emergency surgery for appendicitis, but she was back on air the following day.
Michael Rapaport suffered a setback when had to pull out of guest-hosting duties after contracting COVID-19.
In January it was claimed Williams was in a bad place.
She had allegedly cut off all direct contact with staffers on her talk-show as her hiatus continues.
‘She hasn’t been talking to anybody, not producers, not senior producers- no one,’ an insider claimed to The Sun. ‘She has disappeared and the only line of contact production has is through her manager.’
The source added: ‘Her manager is an ex-cop, so they like him because he can be a police man for her,’ but alleged: ‘He really has no control over her anyway.’
Pictured last June: The 57-year-old has been off the show because of health issues that are reportedly connected to her longtime struggle with the autoimmune disorder Graves’ disease; seen in June 2021
According to the insider: ‘She’s isolated herself from everyone and isn’t talking to anybody connected to the show.’
She has not appeared on the entire 13th season of The Wendy Williams Show, which began in October following delays after she got COVID-19.
Wendy also took a hiatus in May 2020 citing her Graves’ disease but returned to the program that September.
In October 2020 DJ Boof, who had worked on the show until not long before, posted an ominous comment about her on Instagram.
‘Y’all have no idea what’s really going on and everyone there is afraid to speak up because they don’t wanna lose their jobs.. this is going to play out bad.. I feel sorry for the workers and victims,’ he wrote in the since-deleted remark.
Wendy continued starring on the show through the season 12 finale this past summer – the last episode she taped of the program.
An insider has now told The Sun what multiple people who work on the show are claimed to be feeling: ‘I don’t think she’s ever going to come back to the studio.’
Allegations: A source claimed to The Sun: ‘She’s isolated herself from everyone and isn’t talking to anybody connected to the show’
It was announced in December that Wendy would not return at the start of the new year, and another string of guest hosts was announced for January.
‘Even if she did come back, she’d be a lame duck because her show isn’t renewed beyond this season,’ a Page Six insider said.
That month a source told The Sun she was ‘crazy jealous’ watching guest hosts ‘and having to sit on the sidelines is eating her up but there’s no way around it. The show must continue and when Sherri’s on, the numbers go up.’
What if?: An insider has now told The Sun what multiple people who work on the show are claimed to be feeling: ‘I don’t think she’s ever going to come back to the studio’
Wendy, who also suffers from lymphedema and has been candid about her past addiction issues, was filmed leaving a wellness center in Miami last month.
She walked arm in arm with a man who took her to a car, and she assured an interviewer: ‘Wendy is doing fabulous!’ in a clip posted by The Shade Room.
The previous month she had released a statement telling her public: ‘As everyone knows, my health has been a hot topic. I’m making progress but it’s just one of those things that’s taking longer than we expected.’
Wendy noted: ‘I’m a woman of a certain age, and I know enough to listen to my doctors and will return to my purple chair as soon as we all agree I’m ready.’
A source recently claimed to The Sun that she ‘no longer has any allies, she is totally unable to keep friends because they say she “uses” people. She’s incredibly rude to people who try to get close to her, or try to help her.’
Her son Kevin Jr. is alleged to have given her an ‘ultimatum’ that he ‘he won’t be in her life unless she fixes herself,’ according to an insider in the same publication.
Wendy shares her son with her husband and former manager Kevin Hunter, whom she left after his longtime mistress Sharina Hudson had his baby.
Pals: Wendy is pictured on an old episode of her show with her friend Leah Remini who has also since been one of the personalities to fill in as guest-host
Wendy previously took a health hiatus early in 2018, and then another break in January and February of 2019.
After her return at the beginning of March 2019, she emotionally announced on-air that she had been staying in a ‘sober house.’
The following month, in April 2019, she filed for divorce from Kevin Sr. and in January 2020 she announced the split had been finalized.
After her marriage was over she claimed Kevin Sr. had wrongly confined her to rehab and that she had not really needed to dry out.
In an interview with DJ Boof’s successor DJ Suss One last year, she said she was ‘locked away in a rehabilitation for something I didn’t have to be rehabbed by.’
Interviewed: Wendy is on Watch What Happens Live With Andy Cohen in January 2021
Wendy, who was addicted to cocaine when she was a radio shock jock but quit the drug before her days on TV, claimed Kevin Sr. ‘acted like I was losing my mind, going crazy, reverting back to whatever or, you know, on the edge.’
She asserted that in reality the rehab had just been ‘a quiet place to put me’ while Sharina ‘got bigger and bigger and bigger’ as her pregnancy drew to a close.
Shortly after she left her husband in 2019 she tearfully told Entertainment Tonight: ‘I would ask you to respect our privacy but please, I don’t respect people’s privacy. That’s why I do the Hot Topics. So turnabout is a fair game.’