‘The Wendy Williams Show’ will air the final episode this week (EXCLUSIVE)

After 13 seasons, “The Wendy Williams Show” will officially end this Friday, Variety learned exclusively.

The daytime talk show has aired all season without its host, Wendy Williams, who will not be present for the final episode, which will include a video montage celebrating her breakthrough television series.

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“The final original episode of ‘The Wendy Williams Show‘ will air Friday, June 17 with a video tribute to the iconic host. The series is coming to an end after 13 years of successful syndication,” a spokesperson for the show said. in a statement to Variety.

Williams was absent from her show throughout the 2021-22 season, due to health issues. (Williams suffers from Graves’ disease, an autoimmune disease.) Without Williams in her purple chair, the show aired with a slew of hosts and guest panelists, including Sherri Shepherd, who hosts this past week. and the last episode.

This fall, Shepherd will launch her own nationally broadcast talk show, titled “Sherri,” which will take over the timeslots currently occupied by “The Wendy Williams Show” on Fox-owned and operated stations.

“The Wendy Williams Show” is one of the biggest hits in talk show history. Hailing from Debmar-Mercury, the show began as a summer test in 2008, before launching into national syndication in 2009 for its no-holds-barred celebrity interviews and unfiltered take on pop culture. After conquering radio with her gift for gossip, Williams went on to reshape the daytime TV space and became known as the gossip queen, who ran her solo “Hot Topics” segments for over 20 minutes without commercial breaks. every day live, national television.

Over the past few years, Williams had taken various health-related breaks from her show and spoken with her viewers about complications from Graves’ disease and lymphedema. In 2017, she passed out (and immediately got up) during a Halloween episode, and in 2019 she revealed in a moving monologue that she was living in a sober house. Shortly after, she filed for divorce from her husband, Kevin Hunter, who had been her longtime manager and a producer on her talk show, publicly addressing tabloid rumors about their relationship with her audience.

Williams’ absence this season has remained a mystery to his devoted fans.

In March this year, she was placed in financial receivership and complained of misconduct by Wells Fargo. (“Wendy wants the world to know that she vigorously denies all allegations regarding her mental health and well-being,” read a statement, at the time, from her attorney and publicist.) Williams opened up about her struggles legal issues, both through a new Instagram account and also in various media interviews, recently telling “Good Morning America” ​​that she wants her money back and also discussing her financial situation with rapper Fat Joe , stating that she only has $2 to her name, during an Instagram Live chat last month.

Williams has recently stated in various interviews that she plans to return to her show, although her show is not returning to the fall schedule.

Talk to Variety last month, Debmar-Mercury co-presidents Ira Bernstein and Mort Marcus addressed the situation with Williams for the first time, saying they would like to work with the host again.

“It doesn’t mean tomorrow, but we’ll put it together and figure it out,” Bernstein said. “It’s not like we have a plan B where we push a button and he’s back in a week, but we have a desire to be in business with her, if she can come back and be healthy. , and Fox too.”

“Beyond her health, she could have kept doing it for as long as she wanted. She always got a rating and she has a hardcore following that made it a profitable show, Marcus said. “We were protecting the business, while we were waiting for her. And at some point we had to say, “We have a business to run and she’s not here. That was a tough call.”

When she asked for comment on the latest episode of her show, Variety did not immediately receive a response from a publicist for Williams.

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