Who is Mike Esterman? Wendy Williams describes her new long-distance boyfriend as 'cute, funny, smart'
In February, Williams, 56, picked Mike Esterman during her 'Date Wendy' talk show segment out of three finalists because the two are 'age-appropriate, and he's got jokes'
TV host Wendy Williams filed for divorce in March 2020 from her husband of nearly 22 years, Kevin Hunter. But a little more than a year later, she is dating and is happy. The lucky guy happens to be Mike Esterman.
On Monday’s episode of ‘The Wendy Williams Show’ on March 22, the TV host said, “Mike and I will see each other this week... He lives in Maryland, and I live here. Because of the virus, you can't do all that traveling. You can't. A smart one doesn't. But I'm going to see him this week. He's busy... We talk all the time.”
She added that they both shared an interest in crafting: “That's probably our big connection. First of all, we're both of a certain age and realistic about love or what will happen and the possibilities. But also we're both crafters. That might be corny to you. But not me. I like it. Oh Mike, so cute, funny, smart.”
But who is Mike Esterman?
In February, the 56-year-old TV host chose Esterman, a general contractor during the 'Date Wendy' segment on her talk show. Williams chose Esterman out of a group of three finalists who vied for her affection on the February 26 episode of the daytime talk show. She said she ultimately went with him because the two are "age-appropriate, and he's got jokes."
Esterman, reportedly, split their date into two days to maximize their time together. Speaking to the press, he said that he felt a definite "spark" with Williams. "It's all new territory," Esterman said. "Getting to know her, she's very interesting. She showed me her place, on a very professional level. I'm nothing but a gentleman -- there was no sex. It was such a great time."
As per a report on The Sun, the 53-year-old has no children and has never been married. He told the tabloid, “Many years ago I had a long-term, live-in relationship and gave her the world, treated her like a princess, and found she was cheating. It was devastating but a blessing in disguise before marrying that person. The dating game is hard, especially now with social media.”
“She [Wendy] knows about the cheating girl, we all deserve happiness,” he further said. “She has made it known on the show that she is searching for a boyfriend, I did some homework and watched her documentary. She's talented and confident with a touch of spice! I feel she needs a healthy balance with a sense of calmness outside of the TV world.”
Following their first date, Williams said on the show, "I like him. I really really like Mike. We're [close]. We didn't have the sex, but we're close. Based on the virus you don't get close to people, but I couldn't resist."
She said Esterman reminded her of the 'Sex and the City' character Harry Goldenblatt -- Charlotte's husband -- and added, "He's so nice. He's such a gentleman. He's so respectful... I really like him. We kissed. You know I get tested all the time. We kissed. He's got to stand on his tippy toes. Like I really like him, and he really likes me. Like it broke my heart when he was leaving. Like I walked him to the elevator and waited for the doors to close."