Wendy Williams says she’s healthy and “ready” to return to television less than a month after her popular talk show reset — with time given to Sherry Shepherd — due to the host’s long health battles.
Former shock jock also addressed Wells Fargo’s allegations of being a “helpless person” suffering from “undue influence and financial exploitation” during a brief interview on Thursday morning America.
She refused to appear on camera, and instead spoke to reporter T.J. Holmes on the phone.
Asked if she was of a sound mind, the candid artist replied, “Sure! Are you?”
She replied, “When people want to control their accounts, they say anything, including something crazy like that about me.”
They say I need someone to handle my account and I don’t want to. I want all my money. I want to see all my money that I have worked so hard all my life. I don’t lie, I don’t cheat and I don’t steal. I am an honest person who works hard,” she said, adding that the bank had frozen her accounts for two months and prevented her from paying her bills.
Williams fans haven’t seen the host in her iconic purple chair since July 2021.
This is what I have to say to Wendy watchers. I kept watching because I will be back on Wendy’s show bigger and brighter than ever.
Wendy Williams spoke to Good Morning America reporter TJ Holmes on Thursday but declined to appear on camera. She said she was “ready” to go back to work
The talk show host has stopped broadcasting since July 16, 2021, when she signed on to the show and promised to return in ‘two months and two weeks’.
The Wendy Williams Show, which is being promoted and broadcast on Fox-owned stations, was scheduled to return in September for season 13. Williams’ return was delayed, and eventually canceled for the remainder of the season, after her cast said she was “suffering” serious complications as a direct result. Graves’ disease and thyroid condition.
Graves’ disease is an immune system disorder that results in an overactive thyroid gland. The disease often leads to irritability, fatigue, weight loss, rapid heartbeat, and puffy eyes, according to Mayo Clinic.
Since taking a break, Williams has been seen being led by hand to her New York City apartment while wearing hospital stockings and in a wheelchair.
On Thursday, I made it clear there was nothing to worry about.
“Health is very good. And I actually had some appointments. You know, I’m 57 and have the mind and body of a 25-year-old.
Last month, production company Debmar-Mercury announced that the Wendy Williams Show would be officially canceled after a string of guest hosts, including Whitney Cummings and Michael Rappaport, filled in for legendary gossip.
Since he took a break, Williams has been seen in New York City in a wheelchair. Her team says she has complications from Graves’ disease
DailyMail.com exclusive photos show Wendy Williams getting out of a black SUV in New York City on September 10, 2021. Her show was supposed to start her 13th season that month, but the return of the host was delayed and was eventually canceled
She looked sick as manager Bernie Young led her by hand to her apartment
Actress and friend Sherry Shepherd has been chosen to take over the time slot with her own show, simply titled Sherry.
A spokesperson for Williams said it was confirmed that “if her health reaches a point where she can host again, and if she desires to host her again, she will return to television at that time”.
I am very satisfied. “Everyone’s ready, you know, my show partners,” Williams said Thursday, although she later clarified that she might need some extra time.
“Okay, give me about three months. There are special things I have to deal with and then I’ll be ready to go back and be free and ready to do my thing.”
Last month, her bank’s attorney, Wells Fargo, sent a letter to New York District Court Judge Arlene Bluth requesting a hearing to discuss her finances.
A former financial advisor to Williams, Laurie Schiller, claimed that Williams was “unsound,” which led to Wells Fargo banning the New Jersey-born presenter from accessing its accounts in mid-January.
Williams’ attorneys disputed Schiller’s suit and accused Wells Fargo of overstepping their authority. The bank’s attorney later clarified that he wanted a “temporary trustee or resident to review and confirm the situation.” [Williams’] Affairs are handled properly.
The bank has “strong reason to believe that Williams is a victim of undue influence and financial abuse,” according to a filing obtained by the bank. Sixth page.
On Thursday, Williams said the bank froze her account for two months, preventing her from accessing her money or paying her bills and mortgage.
“Well, you know I want to spend more time with my family. And you know, work out and wait for responses on my financial situation and Wells Fargo. And she said they don’t like it.”
A member of Williams’ team jumped on the phone to explain the situation further.
There was an insider at Wells Fargo that Wendy worked with.
Wendy wanted her son to start coming in and have more talk and have a little more knowledge regarding Wendy Williams’ inner sequencing, so the person who was there was going to lose some of the access to Wendy that she had before and I don’t think she liked it, said the team member.
Wells Fargo’s lawyer described Williams as a “powerless person” subject to “undue influence” in a lawsuit last month. The bank also called for a temporary trustee
A member of Williams’ team said Thursday that Wells Fargo had frozen the host’s accounts because someone at the bank “didn’t like” that William’s son Kevin Jr was interfering to learn about her finances.
After the clip, Holmes confirmed that Williams was back in New York “where she wants to be” but her team said she “wasn’t able to go to the camera”.
The producer of the two TV shows said last month that the Wendy Williams show will be ending and will be replaced this fall with a show hosted by Sherry Shepherd.
“With Wendy still unavailable to host the show as she continues her path to recovery, we believe it is best for our fans, stations, and advertising partners to start making this transition now,” Ira Bernstein said in a statement.
“We hope to be able to work with Wendy again in the future, and we wish her a speedy and full recovery,” the executives said.
They also expressed their “great love and closeness to Wendy” and their admiration for her success.
Sherri Shepherd was one of the many guest hosts who filled Williams’ place and garnered strong reviews during an assignment last November.
Shepherd has since been chosen to host her own show in Williams’ time period. Pictured: Sherry Shepherd and Wendy Williams in 2014
Howard Braggman, a Williams spokesman, issued a statement shortly thereafter.
“It’s been a tough time for Wendy as she deals with her health issues,” he said.
She is incredibly grateful to Debar Mercury, and to Cherie and everyone else who supported the show during this time. She, more than anyone else, understands the reality of shared television – you can’t go to the market and sell a show that is probably the Wendy Show.
She understands why this decision was made from a business point of view, and Demar Mercury assured her that if her health reached a point where she could host again, and if she wanted to host again she would. Back on TV at that time.
Shepherd was one of several guest hosts who filled Williams’ place after she signed on for the season 12 finale last July.
Last month , Williams has appeared on social media amid her ongoing health struggle to share a photo of her father, former school principal Thomas Dwayne Williams, celebrating his 91st birthday.
Last month, the beleaguered talk show host celebrated her father’s 91st birthday and posted a picture of the two of them on Instagram.
This post came just days after she posted a video of herself assuring fans that she is planning a comeback “stronger”.
I participated Capture the two together along with the caption: “Dad’s 91st Birthday! Enjoy it in the most relaxing way possible.”
It came just days after she posted a video of herself reassuring fans that she planned to come back “stronger”.
In the video filmed by her son Kevin Hunter Jr., 21, Williams is seen walking along the beach in Miami, Florida.
She said, “It’s only after eight in the morning and I’m fine, you know? It’s very quiet in here.”
Williams also shared what she planned to accomplish that day, including several phone calls to her relatives and business partners.
“What do you have to say to those people who think you are the way it is?” Kevin asked, and Williams replied, “Sorry, I’ll be back stronger.”
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