Wendy Williams’ Staff Allegedly Paying $75 Cash For People To Attend Tapings
Update #1 (Oct. 22): Are Wendy Williams’ staffers allegedly paying people $75 to be a part of the studio audience?
An online notice states:
“The Wendy Williams Show is back for Season 13, with SPECIAL GUEST HOSTS! “The Wendy Williams Show” is the provocative, must-see talk show in daytime. Taped live in New York, viewers delight over Williams’ distinctive and entertaining personality, as well as a diverse mix of interviews with celebrity guests from television, film, music and sports. Popular segments include “Ask Wendy,” during which she offers real advice to audience members looking for solutions to problems, and “Hot Topics,” in which she delivers her own unpredictable, honest, authentic and opinionated take on the juiciest headlines.”
It’s also offering $75 to audience members, that will be paid the same day. Those who participate must be fully vaccinated.
See the full notice below.
Two episodes were taped Monday (Oct. 18) – one at 10 am and another at 3 pm. Those who were in the audience were told to show up two hours ahead of each taping. Some said the waiting room was much quieter than normal. When audience members were led to the studio, many seats were left unfilled.
In an attempt to have audience members stay for both tapings, producers reportedly only gave gift bags to those that promised to show up for both tapings.
Some pointed out that Wendy Williams didn’t seem like herself during her final days of filming before she was admitted to the hospital earlier this year.
“During her last week of tapings last season- she seemed off- quieter, distant. Between segments, she was particularly off & was not engaging. But once she’s live she’s on!”