'Wendy Williams Show' staff had a goodbye video 'ready to go' in the event of host's death
NEW YORK CITY, NEW YORK: From financial difficulties to concerns over health, Wendy Williams has been making headlines for a long time now. Fans were worried for her health after reports claimed Williams was battling Graves' disease and alcohol addiction. The ones most worried about Williams’ health were her former talk show’s staff, who already had a plan in place for the host’s death.
An insider at the former ‘Wendy Williams Show’ revealed that the staff of the talk show were so worried about their boss that they discussed plans on what to do if the troubled host passed away. “It is not unusual for media outlets to prepare obituaries for older stars, or celebrities melting down like Britney Spears. However, to prepare a tribute to say ‘goodbye’ to your own boss was bizarre,” sources told RadarOnline.com.
The insider revealed that the director of the show was ready with a montage for 58-year-old Williams in case of emergency. “Producers had a package edited and ready to go just in case the worst happened. It was basically a highlight reel honoring all Wendy’s greatest moments playing over very sad music," insiders explained to RadarOnline.com. They never had to air that montage, but they still have the tape in their possession.
It was earlier revealed that the veteran's health struggles had prompted the producer of the talk show to hire Sherri Shepherd as a permanent replacement in February. As per media reports, Shepherd is not just going to take over Wendy’s time slot but is all set to inherit William's whole production team and her beloved 'Hot Topics' segment.
In order to save her chair, Wendy has been calling her friends and asking them to boycott Shepherd’s new show as she believes Shepherd’s failure can help her regain success.
However, looking at Wendy’s personal crises, it is safe to say that her troubles are not going to end anytime soon. Wendy's health issues range from Graves' disease and hyperthyroidism to her struggles with sobriety. She had entered rehab for the latter, following her separation from her ex-husband, Kevin Hunter. Since then, she has often been spotted in various locations, exhibiting puzzling behavior that sparked concern among her fans. The former daytime TV show host has also been prohibited from using her estimated $20 million fortune.