Update: 11:28 a.m. ET (Feb. 22, 2022) – Sherri, hosted by Sherri Shepherd, has been named the official replacement of The Wendy Williams Show. According to Deadline, The Wendy Williams Show will continue through the end of this season with rotating guest hosts, including Shepherd. Sherri will debut after continuing Williams’ popular “Hot Topics” segment.
“Since Wendy is still not available to host the show as she continues on her road to recovery, we believe it is best for our fans, stations, and advertising partners to start making this transition now,” expressed Debmar-Mercury Co-Presidents Mort Marcus and Ira Bernstein in a statement. “We hope to be able to work with Wendy again in the future, and continue to wish her a speedy and full recovery.”
Love B. Scott broke the initial news of The Wendy Williams Show’s June 2022 cancellation over the weekend.
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Sherri Shepherd is in the process of becoming the permanent host of The Wendy Williams Show as the namesake host continues her absence due to health concerns. Variety reported Williams will not make her return this season to the nationally syndicated talk show.
“We’ll deal with the fall when we get there, but she’s not returning this season,” a source revealed to the entertainment news outlet.
If Williams does not return next season, Shepherd’s own show would fill the gap according to the report. A deal is currently being negotiated, however, no contracts have been signed. According to Deadline, the show would almost certainly be renamed.
Since Williams’s extended hiatus starting in October 2021, a number of celebrities have stepped up as rotating guest hosts. Leah Remini, Michael Rapaport, Whitney Cummings, Fat Joe, Remy Ma, Kym Whitley, Finesse Mitchell, Devyn Simone, Julissa Bermudez, and Variety‘s chief correspondent Elizabeth Wagmeister have all hosted Season 14 of the hit series. VIBE’s former fashion and beauty advertising director/editor, Bevy Smith, and Terrence J also joined the rotation in February.
According to Variety‘s source, Williams is “incredibly grateful for all of the guest hosts who have held down the fort.”
Debmar-Mercury, the television syndication company responsible for the popular series declined to comment to Variety on Wiliams’s possible permanent exit or Shepherd’s possible new gig. Since the current 13th season began, Williams has not hosted an episode.