Wendy Williams Allegedly Wasn’t Consulted Before Talk Show Booked Guest Hosts + Producers Reportedly Struggling To Find Other Fill-ins: It Is A Disaster
Can The Wendy Williams Show survive as the daytime talk show host continues to recover?
As previously reported, Wendy Williams has been dealing with an array of health issues over the past month. As a result, the upcoming season of The Wendy Williams Show has been pushed back numerous times. Most recently, a spokesperson for the talk show announced that, as Wendy Williams recovers, The Wendy Williams Show will be led by “an exciting lineup of guest hosts and panels.”
Earlier today (Monday, Oct. 18th), The Wendy Williams Show returned for its season 13 premiere. It was hosted by a guest panel consisting of Bevy Smith, Elizabeth Wagmeister, Michael Yo, and Devyn Simone.
Additionally, it was recently announced that Leah Remini would serve as the guest host for next week.
However, Wendy Williams was allegedly not consulted about these recent decisions. One insider claimed:
“No one asked Wendy for her approval before hiring Leah. They will say they are protecting Wendy and don’t want to bother her as she recovers, but it’s her name that is above the front door and she should have been consulted on this.”
Additionally, the insider also claimed that–while fill-ins for the next two weeks have been set–producers are scrambling to book other guest hosts:
“It is a disaster. CNN’s Don Lemon and several other hosts have already passed on joining the lineup. The last time Wendy was replaced with panels of D-list celebrities the ratings were a disaster. No one wants to see Bevy Smith or Michael Yo, they want to see Wendy. It is a thankless job, that has a very good chance of upsetting Wendy if you take it.”
Another source revealed that Wendy Williams still has bad blood with Jerry O’Connell–who replaced Sharon Osbourne on The Talk–for guest hosting her show in the past:
“Wendy was livid when Jerry O’Connell filled in for her the last time she was sick. She knew he was auditioning to get his own show and push her out. Things between Wendy and Jerry have never been the same again after that. Wendy has a long memory, and anyone that is trying to replace her won’t be welcome back when Wendy finally returns to her show.”
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