Despite weathering a messy divorce, a Graves' disease diagnosis, and drug addiction, Wendy Williams made it through nearly 14 years on the air with her popular daytime talk show. But unfortunately, all good things must come to an end.
On Friday, June 17, 2022, the final episode of The Wendy Williams Show will air. Details to follow.
'The Wendy Williams Show' is ending after almost 14 years.
The Wendy Williams Show, which first aired in 2008, is coming to an end. "The final original episode of The Wendy Williams Show will air on Friday, June 17th, with a video tribute to the iconic host," a spokesperson for the show told People.
While this comes as a shock to many fans, the show has faced a number of setbacks in the past few years.
Most strikingly, Wendy's health has reportedly been in decline. She's been dealing with Graves' disease, which according to Mayo Clinic is "an immune system disorder that results in the overproduction of thyroid hormones."
In addition to several of Wendy's health-related absences over the years, the show's production was also temporarily shut down to the COVID-19 pandemic in 2020. Not to mention that in the fall of 2021, the Season 13 premiere was also pushed back after Wendy caught COVID-19, despite being vaccinated.
Furthermore, in 2019, after Wendy took a two-month health-related hiatus, she returned that March and admitted to viewers that she had lived in a sober house and received treatment for her decades-old cocaine addiction.
"This is my autobiographical story and I'm living it and I'm telling you this," she revealed on air. "After I go to the Pilates, I go to several meetings all around town in the tri-state area. And I see my brothers and sisters caught up in their addiction and looking for help. They don't know I'm Wendy. They don't care I'm Wendy…"
Wendy, whose career started in radio and became known as a “shock jockette,” for her ability to push people's buttons and make controversial comments. She infamously conducted a controversial interview with Whitney Houston and has mocked celebrities like Joaquin Phoenix, Meghan Markle, DJ Boof, and more.