NJ’s Wendy Williams ends the show with a moan, not a kick

What a sad way out.

“The Wendy Williams Show” after 13 years in syndication is ending in a less than desirable way. His final show, which airs on Friday, will end as it has all year, without his namesake.

Wendy Williams was born and raised in New Jersey. She was first raised in Asbury Park but the family left in 1970 after race riots and she later lived in Ocean Township. She graduated from Ocean Township High School and long before Wendy Williams had a TV talk show, she was on terrestrial radio at Hot 97 and Power 99. She specialized in her outspoken celebrity gossip.

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This led her to her own daytime TV show in 2008. Her fanbase was loyal and she managed to take off, going unionized a year later. But the journey has not been easy.

There have been controversies like the time she poked fun at Joaquin Phoenix’s scar from his cleft palate surgery, wondering if Christie Brinkley faked an injury in ‘Dancing With The Stars’, saying Beyonce “can’t speak, looks like she has a fifth grade education.” According to Wikipedia, Wendy Williams graduated high school 360 out of 363, so it’s a curious glass house to throw rocks into.

There were health issues like Graves’ disease. There was the time she passed out on live TV.

She quit doing the show in 2021 after testing positive for COVID-19 and then facing issues related to her autoimmune disease, Graves. Since then, it has been a series of replacement hosts while keeping the name “The Wendy Williams Show”. The hope was that she would come back from all the problems she was having and take over the reins. In the end, it seemed like she was the only one who thought this was going to happen.

Sherri Shepherd, who is getting her own show this fall, has been inquiring lately. It is said that she will still host the very last Friday episode of “The Wendy Williams Show” and that most Wendy Williams fans will get a video retrospective.

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