Rumors of Wendy Williams and The Wendy Williams Show's demises are greatly exaggerated. On Monday, coinciding with the start of the show's 11th season, Debmar-Mercury announced the self-proclaimed "Queen of All Media" will have her syndicated talk show renewed through 2022 via Fox Television Stations.
Williams said in a released statement,
I’m so excited to launch our 11th year by letting the world know I will continue to do what I love to do so much — and for a very long time. I want to tell Fox and all of our stations today how much their support and confidence means to me. They should know we will never stop working very hard to bring our dedicated Wendy Watchers and audience ‘co-hosts’ the freshest national daytime television!"
This good news comes on the heels of a tumultuous previous season for Williams. Last year, viewers noticed her slurring her words on one episode. Williams apologized for her behavior and revealed she was taking pain meds due to a hairline fracture she suffered. One month later, Williams announced she was taking a hiatus from the show because she has Graves' disease, which landed her in the hospital.
Williams returned six weeks later and on March 19, announced on-air she was getting treatment for undisclosed addiction issues and was living in a sober house. A month after that, Williams' husband, and former manager and the show's executive producer, Kevin Hunter was fired from the show. They were in the process of getting a divorce after tabloids revealed he had an extramarital affair resulting in a baby.
Ira Bernstein and Mort Marcus, co-presidents of Debmar-Mercury stated,
Wendy’s enduring demo strength is matched only by its unwavering support among our valued station partners. Fox, which has been there from the start, remains a big believer in the power of Wendy to deliver the goods and keep its important morning news block viewers from going anywhere.