Wendy Williams breaks silence on health, return to TV

The beloved talk show host has been sidelined from her eponymous show since last summer

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Wendy Williams broke her silence amid rumors surrounding her mental health. The media queen teased that she plans to be “back on The Wendy Show, bigger and brighter than ever.” 

Her announcement comes weeks after Debmar-Mercury, the producer-distributor of The Wendy Williams Show, announced that the daytime talker is coming to an end amid the host’s ongoing hiatus.

Comedian/actress Sherri Shepherd will be taking over the time slot this fall with her own talk show, titled Sherri, theGrio reported. 

Wendy Williams (Photo: Astrid Stawiarz/Getty Images)

As reported by Entertainment Tonight, in a new pre-recorded interview with Good Morning America‘s T.J. Holmes, Williams touched on everything from her financial struggles with Wells Fargo to rumors that she is not of sound mind.

Responding to the bank’s claims that she’s “incapacitated” and “the victim of undue influence and financial exploitation,” Williams suggested that the fallout stems from a bitter financial advisor. 

“Well, you know, when people want control of their accounts, they say anything, including something crazy like that about me,” Williams told Holmes. “They say that I need somebody to handle my account, and I don’t want that. I want all my money. I want to see all my money that I’ve worked hard for my entire life. My entire life. I don’t lie, I don’t cheat and I don’t steal. I am an honest, hard-working person.”

Williams, 57, has been sidelined from her eponymous show since last summer due to ongoing health issues. In February it was reported that her attorney filed a petition asking a judge to force Wells Fargo to restore Williams access to an account holding “several million dollars,” according to court documents obtained by theGrio.

The bank previously told the court its agreement with Williams allowed it to “pause or reject instructions for a proposed transaction” if the company suspects “financial exploitation, dementia, or undue influence,” according to Williams’ petition.

According to the ET report, the bank noted that Williams’ financial advisor for the past 15 years is “a 23-year veteran of the financial services industry with an unblemished record.”

Wendy was joined on the GMA call by an unnamed member of her team who said the bank employee objected to Williams wanting to involve her 21-year-old son, Kevin Hunter Jr., in her finances. 

“I want to spend more time with my family and, you know, working out and waiting for the responses to my money situation and Wells Fargo. And they don’t like that,” Williams said. 

In November, Williams’ brother denied reports that his famous sister suffers from dementia. Williams told GMA that her “health is very well, and I’ve actually had a few appointments. You know, I’m 57 now, and I have the mind and body of a 25-year-old.”

When it comes to returning to her beloved talk show, Williams said “give me about three months.”

She added, “There are private things that I have to deal with and then I’ll be ready to come back and free and ready to do my thing.”

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