Wendy Williams out of Talk Show for the Season, Sherri Shepherd Reportedly in Talks to Take Over as Permanent Host

Wendy Williams is the queen of shade on daytime TV. The talk show host has been absent from her namesake talk show as ongoing health issues have been of concern for her. Williams is reportedly not returning to the purple chair for the rest of the season. Additionally, a new report states that Sherri Shepherd will be named permanent host as the show might transition in the fall.

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Sherri Shepherd might be taking over ‘The Wendy Williams Show’

Williams has sadly not appeared during season 13 of The Wendy Williams Show as she has been sick. The show has had guest hosts throughout the season that included Shepherd, Michael Rapaport, Leah Remini, Michelle Visage, Fat Joe, Remy Ma, and others. After announcing the guest host lineup for the month of February 2022, Variety is now reporting that Williams will not be returning this season to her show.

The source also said that production for the show is not sure if Williams will ever return to host. TMZ broke the news that Shepherd would be named permanent guest host for the remainder of the season. The insider claims that producers will be in close contact with Williams from now until the new season in the fall to see if she is able to return.

Meanwhile, Variety claims that Shepherd is in talks with production company Debmar-Mercury about fronting her own show. If Williams doesn’t return, this would be the show that takes over the Williams time slot on the Fox TV Stations across the United States.

Shepherd has fit into the daytime host role perfectly following her experience on The View for many years. Fans have embraced her on social media for her sharp wit covering the “Hot Topics” like Williams.

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Where is Wendy Williams?

Williams was set to premiere her show in the fall but the start day was pushed back when it was reported she tested positive for coronavirus (COVID-19). The show’s premiere date continued to get pushed back until it was announced Williams would continue to recover and the show would go on with guest hosts. Fans of the television host got the last update from Williams on Nov. 8 in an Instagram post.

“As everyone knows, my health has been a hot topic. I’m making progress but it’s just one of those things that’s taking longer than we expected,” the statement read. “I’m a woman of a certain age, and I know enough to listen to my doctors and will return to my purple chair as soon as we all agree I’m ready.”

Williams continued her statement by thanking all of her fans and added, “I have heard your prayers and comments and feel all the love! You are everything to me. I love spending my mornings with you all and I’m doing everything I can to get back to work, but right now Wendy has to focus on Wendy. I love you for watching.”

The television star has remained silent about her health and her public appearances have been rare. It was reported that Williams’ health complications stem from Graves’ Disease, which the host has been open about going through.

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