Wendy Williams Admits She Was A “Functioning” Cocaine Addict


In an effort to promote “Be Here,” the Hunter Foundation’s national campaign to combat drug and substance abuse and addiction, Wendy Williams is getting candid about her former struggles with cocaine.

The outspoken talk show host spoke to Entertainment Tonight about her former addiction, stating that she’s fine with being open about the issues she once faced with the drug.

“I am not embarrassed about anything,” she said. Williams also admitted that she was able to work while addicted to cocaine, and although everyone at her job knew about it, no one intervened.

“I was a functioning addict,” she continued. “I’d report to work on time, and I’d walk in and all my co-workers- including my bosses- would know, but instead of firing me…I would grab my headphones and arrogantly walk into the studio and dare them to fire me and [they] wouldn’t fire me, because I was making ratings.”

Lastly in the short clip, she explains that as a functioning addict, she was always prepared despite being on the drug.

“A functioning addict has several alarm clocks, you’re organized,” she explained.

A few months ago, Williams took a brief hiatus from her stint on her morning talk show, in order to cope with health issues. She suffers from hyperthyroidism and Graves’ Disease, and fainted during the Halloween 2017 episode of her show.