LOOK WHO'S BACK! Wendy Williams is all smiles as she returns to iconic purple chair after rehab stint
Fans gushed as the TV personality came back from rehab and gave them another tease of her upcoming podcast
LOS ANGELES, CALIFORNIA: Wendy Williams looked happy as she returned to the iconic purple chair that she used on 'The Wendy Williams Show' for over 12 years.
Fans gushed as the TV personality came back from rehab and gave them another tease of her upcoming podcast in a series of photos shared on Instagram Thursday, November 3. Wendy has reportedly been "home and healing" for the past two weeks after having re-entered rehab in September following reports of her erratic behavior and claims of substance abuse. The 58-year-old star told her fans to "stay tuned" for her upcoming podcast 'The Wendy Experience', captioning the Instagram post, "About Last NIGHT… Team WENDY!”
Wendy sported a casual ensemble with a pair of black leggings, a sweatshirt emblazoned with the podcast's logo, and a pair of fuzzy boots. She was joined on the podcast set by her publicist Shawn Zanotti, jeweler Willam Selby, and friend Keesha Anderson.
The TV star has been promoting her new podcast since July, but her latest post suggests the first episode has already been recorded. The official Instagram for the podcast describes it as Wendy's "new wave" and something that "will be unforgettable." Fans were overjoyed to see the popular talk show host happy and healthy after spending two months in rehab, with some advising her to take it easy. “Good to see you in the purple chair❤️,” one commented. “You look amazing Wendy! We are waiting for your return! Let’s go! How you doing!💜💜💜,” another gushed. “We love you. Your health and well-being is the top priority, please care for yourself,” someone else chimed in, adding, “The way we treat ourselves should be the same as if it was someone we were caring for. 🌺💘”
Wendy has battled addiction for years and was checked into a treatment facility in September after her health took a turn for the worse. Shawn confirmed to The Sun that the star had entered a "wellness facility" in an effort "to manage her overall health issues." The publicist reassured that she was "being treated by a team of some of the best doctors in the world" and that she was preparing "for a major comeback for the next level in her career with The Wendy Experience Podcast."
Shawn spoke to Page Six after Wendy was released nearly two months later. “We are happy to report that Wendy Williams is home and healing after being in a wellness facility since August," he told the outlet. Wendy told her well-wishers through her publicist, “Thank you to my fans for your love, support, and many prayers, I am back and better than ever.”
It's worth noting that Wendy has in the past been in treatment at various locations in New York and Florida. A source told Page Six at the time that the TV personality's substance issues had "gotten worse" as "she went from [drinking] wine to straight-up vodka." Another insider described her health as "failing" after having had difficulties controlling her drinking. "She can't stop drinking and she needs to stop drinking; it's just making her health worse," they added. Meanwhile, sources also told Page Six that the production company for her one-time series, Debmar-Mercury, "refused" to get Wendy help amid her issues. One insider alleged that "they turned their backs on her," and "had too much control over someone so vulnerable."