Wendy Williams: What’s at Stake in the Divorce?
Divorce is never easy. Throw in children, intermingled business relationships, and high personal net worth, and it gets exponentially harder. Add on infidelity and there is the potential for a very messy divorce.
Williams is focused on moving forward and creating the best life possible for her and her son, but her pending divorce puts a lot at stake.
Williams and Hunter did not have a prenup
At the time of their marriage in 1997, Williams was just eight years into her radio hosting position. She was still over a decade away from The Wendy Williams Show. Despite this, Williams revealed to VladTV in 2013 that at the time she discovered that Hunter was cheating on her the first time (when her son was just one month old) she had already created
She had money and vacation homes, enough to be able to support herself.
When asked by Howard Stern in 2013 whether she had a prenup, Williams told him no. She even acknowledged her husband’s previous cheating during the discussion and confirmed that she would split everything 50-50. But Hunter had a different take. He told Stern, “I might give her everything, start fresh.”
Williams and Hunter have one child together, Kevin Hunter Jr. Hunter was born three years after the couple was married in 2000. Since their child is over the age of 18, child support and custody will not be an issue that the couple has to worry about.
Their businesses interests overlapped significantly
It may be Williams’ name on the wall, but Hunter has been involved in every facet of the show from the very beginning. Hunter was named executive producer for The Wendy Williams Show in 2011. In 2013, the two formed the production company, Wendy Williams Productions, the production company that runs The Wendy Williams Show.
Hunter has also been Williams’ manager for several years. The business relationship between the two has become so intertwined that it will be difficult to separate. Experts say that the couple may have to sell the production company and assets and split the proceeds.
Show staff say the end is near or already here for Hunter
Hunter has continued to work at The Wendy Williams Show since it was revealed that the couple was getting divorced, despite rumors that he is controlling and that his presence is toxic to the show.
But according to sources closes to the show, it is only a matter of time until Hunter is shown the exit.
A source told Us Weekly, “…staffers have expressed concern about their safety and Wendy’s safety and do not want to work with him,” adding, “employment at the show no longer makes sense.”
The Wendy Williams Show executive producer recently released a statement, saying in part:
“No matter what the outcome is or what the future holds, we are still The Hunter Family and I will continue to work with and fully support my wife in this business and through any and all obstacles she may face living her new life of sobriety, while I also work on mine.”
Should he wish to stay at the show, as his statement seems to imply, it is uncertain whether he could be forcibly removed.
Williams filed for a no-fault divorce
Williams and Hunter currently live in New Jersey. Unlike many states, New Jersey is a fault state, meaning fault can be assigned during a divorce. This means that if the court finds evidence that one partner was the cause of the divorce, they could grant a judgment that is more favorable to the wronged party.
Surprisingly, Williams has reportedly filed for a no-fault divorce. This means that Hunter’s alleged affair and child will have no bearing on the case, should it go to trial. Williams’ decision to file for a no-fault divorce could mean that the talk show host hopes to settle the divorce out of court, or she may wish to handle the divorce as amicably as possible and does not want to throw mud.
There is also the issue of alimony. Since Williams is the higher earner, she could be ordered to pay alimony to Hunter. Her decision to file for a no-fault divorce could be an olive branch to prevent Hunter from asking for alimony.