Beleaguered daytime talk show hostess Wendy Williams has finally addressed her lengthy absence from her show, and it’s not at all what we were led to believe at the time.
If you’ll recall, Williams disappeared, suddenly, from her popular afternoon talk fest since December 2018.
According to Fox News, “Williams had been absent from her show for the bulk of early 2019. She initially cited complications from Graves' disease for her hiatus."
Then there was speculation that her marital woes were also taking their toll on her. She denied rumors at the time of her husband’s infidelity, claiming that she would ‘stand by her guy.’ But, insiders say that, privately, she was hit hard by the rumors.
“Wendy Williams' husband Kevin Hunter, 46, still seeing a young mistress, Sharina Hudson. Kevin was seen picking up the massage therapist, 32, in NYC after the duo was exposed in having a 10-year long affair. Wendy Williams, 53, 'standing by her guy’”
After a particularly sub-par show in late December, Wendy addressed her performance on Instagram, apologizing to her fans and promising a ‘better Wendy’ in 2019.
"I sincerely apologize if you feel that today's show was less than stellar. I’m on your TV screens every day wanting to spread laughter, entertainment, and cheer. As I reported earlier in the week, I have a hairline fracture on my upper arm, which hurts like hell.”
She then went on to explain that she is not a fan of painkillers, but relented and took some that day. And that affected her demeanor.
“I did that to power through and try to deliver a great show for you, against the better judgment of the many people around me who genuinely care for my well-being.
"I promise you a better Wendy in 2019. I will get some much-needed rest and healing over these next couple of weeks. (Yes I am definitely juicing over the next couple of weeks). Sorry again. I love you all. Happy Holidays!”
But the two weeks turned into two months, with postponement after postponement disappointing her eagerly-awaiting fans. Then came the February 21st announcement on Instagram, proclaiming March 4th as the date of her return.
Unfortunately, by this time, many people were skeptical, taking the good news with a grain of salt.
But, lo-and-behold, when the date rolled around, instead of another postponement, fans got what they were longing for: Wendy finally back in her ‘iconic purple chair.’
When she finally made her long-awaited return on March 4th, Wendy straight-up addressed the truth about where she’d been. And it wasn’t just to rest her injured shoulder.
Then, she opened up about what her life had been like "for some time now." She has been, in reality, receiving treatment for drug addiction.
“You know me for being a very open and honest person. You know Kevin and I have the Hunter Foundation for the good of the people and we recently launched out 888-HUNTER number for people who are in the struggle of addiction.
“Well, for some time now, and even today and beyond, I have been living in a sober house,” Williams tearfully told the audience.
She addressed her history with cocaine addiction for which she says she never received treatment. She said it was past time to take on her struggle.
Williams revealed that she goes to a sober living house every day after she is finished with work and other personal obligations, and remains there until morning. She said she still manages to live a “glamorous” life in spite of her challenges.
“After I go to the Pilates I go to several meetings all around town in the tri-state area, and I see my brothers and sisters caught up in their addiction and looking for help,” she said.
“They don’t know I’m Wendy. They don’t care I’m Wendy. there's no autographs, there's no nothing. It’s the brothers and sisters caught up in the struggle. It’s been really interesting, this ride.”
Williams said that no one except her husband and son knew the truth. Not even members of her family.
Now we all know…
We wish Wendy the very best of success in her program. Please join us in praying for her as she continues to battle her demons.