Wendy Williams Is Ready to Risk Her Life to Go Back to Work

Wendy Williams is one of the most significant television personalities of her time. She was forced to stop filming her show because of the coronavirus (COVID-19). Her fans have been missing her presence on television ever since.

Williams apparently misses her job as well. She told Dr. Oz she’d like to go back to hosting The Wendy Williams Show right now. She’s even willing to completely change her setup to do so.

Wendy Williams being interviewed while attending Build Series on April 17, 2017 in New York City | Steve Zak Photography/FilmMagic

How the coronavirus impacted Wendy Williams’ career

The New York Daily News reports Williams discussed the suspension of her show during a segment of The Dr. Oz Show aired on March 20, 2020. She said when she got the call informing her of her show’s suspension, she initially assumed she was going to get reprimanded for something she did. This makes sense, as the past few months have seen some of the most potent controversies of her career, such as her comments on gay men wearing heels and her joke about the tragic death of Dr. Amie Harwick.

Instead, she was told her network would be shut down. She learned no new episodes of her show would be filmed out of concern for her safety. She learned the other hosts on her network were being told to stay home.

Wendy Williams attends the first day of the Vulture Festival Presented By AT&T in May 2018 in New York City | Dia Dipasupil/Getty Images for Vulture Festival

Williams didn’t like this arrangement. “I said, ‘But I can do it even with no audience. I don’t even have to have the staffers there because I did that for two days.” A Wendy Williams Show with no audience would be quite the experiment. Much of the show’s energy comes from the way she interacts with her audience and her staffers. What would an episode of The Wendy Williams Show be like without Williams entering the studio to rapturous applause?

Wendy Williams is – and isn’t – afraid of the virus

She revealed her producers still didn’t want her to do her job. They said she should stay home for an “indefinite” period of time. Williams doesn’t like this plan. She said she’s “willing to risk it with one camera and a flashlight. I’m ready to go back to work next week. I’m ready to go back to work when we’re like — come on, let’s go!”

Wendy Williams visiting New York City’s SiriusXM Studios on September 6, 2018 | Santiago Felipe/Getty Images

From these comments, Williams seemed rather unconcerned with the coronavirus outbreak. However, she revealed to Dr. Oz she’s taking precautions against the virus. She has “boiled” her feet in an attempt to stay clean. Dr. Oz’s perspective is her fear of coronavirus has taken a toll on her. He said she should be more concerned about cleaning her feet with soapy water rather than warm water. Overall, Williams’ interview was tense and devoid of her usual energy, but this makes sense given the serious issue at hand.

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