Staffers on the Wendy Williams Show are finally speaking out about their boss’s prolonged absence. Wendy Williams has been on an extended hiatus from her daytime talk show, and staff members say she longer communicates with any of them amid growing concern about her health.
A source claims that producers on the show are acting like Williams no longer exists and have even given her husband, Kevin Hunter, the cold shoulder. Producers used to ask Hunter for approval when adding guests hosts to the lineup, but now they don’t even include him in the conversation.
“At first, they were keeping her and Kevin in the loop, getting their approval on replacement hosts and guests,” an insider dished. “Now, they are not even CC-ing them! She is 100 percent not involved.”
According to Radar Online, staffers are having such a good time with Williams gone they secretly hope she stays out of commission. One source said staff members are having a blast now that Williams isn’t lording over them, and most of them forgot how to have fun on set. Williams has not set a solid return date yet, and there is a possibility that her time in front of the cameras will be severely limited moving forward.
Williams was spotted in Florida towards the end of January looking more frail than usual. The public appearance was her first since leaving the show. An inside source says that Williams’ close friends have been worried about her recovery and that she has a difficult time standing for long periods of time.
The television host originally took some time off to deal with a fractured shoulder. She has since been hospitalized due to complications related to Grave’s disease. Williams has delayed her return to the show on several occasions and has not announced when she plans to return in full force.
If Wendy Williams does not return in a timely manner, it is possible that producers will start searching for a replacement. Several of her staff members have already recommended Nick Cannon as a potential replacement, though nothing official has been confirmed.