'She's not happy': Wendy Williams REFUSES farewell message on last episode of 'The Wendy Williams Show'
It's time to bid farewell to 'The Wendy Williams Show'. A show spokesperson has confirmed that the show is officially over and that the final episode will air on Friday, June 17. “The final original episode of The Wendy Williams Show will air on Friday, June 17th, with a video tribute to the iconic host. The series comes to an end after 13 successful years in syndication,” a spokesperson for the show said in a statement provided to Deadline. Williams will not be present for the final episode but it will include a video montage with a tribute to her and her long run.
Williams has turned down the offer to film a farewell message for viewers that would have aired during the final episode, a source linked to the show told The Sun. The source also revealed that Williams was asked to appear in the final episode to give a farewell message to the fans, but she refused. "They were not doing it live, but asked Wendy for pre-taped video," the source shared of the show's hope to get the 57-year-old on her stage one last time. "She still said no," the source said. "She’s not at peace with what happened. She's not happy with it."
Williams' fans took out on social media to show their disappointment with the ending of the show.
A user wrote, "Wendy Williams deserves so much better. She built this show and its audience— to not even pay her the bare minimum respect of letting her appear on its farewell episode is egregious. They handled her so poorly in the wake of her health issues". Another user wrote, "Wendy Williams is the blueprint for media legends. The ending of her show is unfortunate but the impact of her show is undefeated. "
Wendy Williams deserves so much better. She built this show and its audience— to not even pay her the bare minimum respect of letting her appear on its farewell episode is egregious. They handled her so poorly in the wake of her health issues. https://t.co/GrTKCnhiE7— Olayemi Olurin (@msolurin) June 14, 2022
Wendy Williams is the blueprint for media legends. The ending of her show is unfortunate but the impact of her show is undefeated. ✨ pic.twitter.com/DhcdfLJtyW— reuxmal (@reuxmal) June 14, 2022
A user wrote, "Wendy Williams show is coming to an end this week but this will forever remain the funniest thing," while one fan commented, "I'll miss her, she spoke her mind"
I’ll miss her, she spoke her mind— oi (@BetterMikel) June 15, 2022
It was announced in February that William's daytime syndicated talk show will be hosted by Sherri Shepherd - who had frequently been filling in for Williams as the new host of the talk show. "Sherri is a natural who proved her hosting skills for many years as a panelist on The View, on Fox's Dish Nation and again this season as a popular guest host of Wendy," Debmar-Mercury, the production company behind the show, said in a statement at the time. "Her love for the content and daytime fans is obvious, and we are excited to partner with her to create another long-term talk franchise."
The insider explained: "Wendy is officially over. They are throwing out sets and merchandise this weekend. "Nothing is getting stored. They are literally erasing her from the building. Offices are also removing all Wendy stuff." The source added: "When Sherri officially starts, Wendy's name will not be mentioned again."
While Williams' rep Howard Bragman previously told E!, she "understands" the decision to move forward without her as she tends to ongoing health issues. "She has been assured by Debmar-Mercury that should her health get to a point where she can host again," Bragman said, "and should her desire be that she hosts again that she would be back on TV at that time."
What happened to Wendy Williams?
Last year, Williams had to leave her show after numerous health problems which she has been suffering over the years now. Williams has been struggling with many things including Graves' disease and hyperthyroidism, which she was diagnosed with 19 years ago. She has also struggled with sobriety following her separation from her ex-husband, Kevin Hunter, which caused her to check into rehab in 2019. In 2021, Wendy tested positive for Covid-19 and was then rushed to the hospital for "psychiatric services."
On November 8, 2021, through an Instagram post, Williams revealed that she is "making progress." "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 told her fans. She continued: "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.
"I want to thank all of my staff and our guest hosts for stepping up and stepping in while I can’t be there." She further added, "I also want to thank Debmar-Mercury and our stations for being so understanding and supportive while I work my way back." "Most of all, I want to thank my fans. I have heard your prayers and comments and feel all the love! You are everything to me. "
In March, Williams appeared on 'Good Morning America', telling the hosts that she's ready to resume hosting duties again. "I'm very comfortable," she said. "My partners with the show, everybody's ready. Give me about three months. 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." She continued, "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."
While the former talk show host appeared to be confident with herself, the source told The Sun that Wendy isn't who she used to be. "The spark is gone. That Wendy, who for ten years had that spark in her eyes, that cheeky grin, and that little wink is not the same now", the source said.