“The Wendy Williams Show” is coming to an end on Friday after nearly 14 years on the air.
“The final original episode of The Wendy Williams Show will air on Friday, June 17th, with a video tribute to the iconic host. The series comes to an end after 13 successful years in syndication,” a representative for the said in a statement.
The show’s recent series went ahead without Williams, and sadly, she will not be returning for the final curtain.
Williams has battled with health issues but vowed a triumphant return. Although the show is coming to an end, it’s unclear whether Williams could revive it on another network.
“Excuse me, I am going back stronger. At 56 years old, there are things that happen to people,” Williams said in a video shared on Instagram. “I would say things usually start about 40 and they go up from there, you know?” she continued. “So you’ve got to eat the right food. I want to be all I can be and get back to New York and get on down with The Wendy Williams Show.”
Sherri Shepherd, who has been filling in for Williams, will be replacing Williams in her regular timeslot.
“Since Wendy is still not available to host the show as she continues on her road to recovery, we believe it is best for our fans, stations and advertising partners to start making this transition now,” Lionsgate’s Debmar-Mercury co-presidents Mort Marcus and Ira Bernstein said in a statement.
The statement continues, “We hope to be able to work with Wendy again in the future, and continue to wish her a speedy and full recovery,” adding that they still have a “great love and affinity for Wendy.”
The show was one of the first to return to production after Hollywood entered lockdown amid the COVID-19 pandemic.
Williams has not yet released a statement on the show’s ending.