Wendy Williams will reportedly ‘never’ return to talk show, network would plan to rebrand and hire full-time replacement

Wendy WilliamsThe reign of talk shows is reportedly coming to an official end after months of health problems.

Anonymous insiders reportedly say that the Wendy Williams Show host, who has been on hiatus from her talk show since September due to health concerns, “will never return” to her host town and that a search for her permanent replacement is quietly underway.

Reportedly, the combination of Williams’ health problems and continued strong reviews during her absence prompted the studio executives to rebrand and continue the show without its namesake.

“Nobody expected that the ratings would rise 32 percent without Wendy,” reports Radar Online. “The invaders had to keep the lights on the show until Wendy was healthy enough to return. It was believed that without Wendy the audience would not watch, but that has not been the case. When Sherri Shepherd took over, she not only retained all of Wendy’s fans, but also brought in a whole new audience. That is why the search has changed from finding a temporary replacement to a full-time replacement.”

Shepherd, who returns to the show as a guest host the week of December 13-17, is reportedly leading the charge for full-time gigs, with a source saying the job is “Sherri’s to lose. She’s the number 1 choice.”

The Hollywood gossip queen notified fans of her health earlier this month, revealing that while her recovery was “taking longer than we expected,” she plans to return to her purple chair as soon as she and her doctors “talk about it.” agree that I am ready. ”

Her brother, Tommy Williams, debunked rumors that Wendy was showing early signs of onset of dementia and was in a wheelchair, telling The Sun the two discussed plans for her after the show when she gives up her seat. “We talked about different things,” he said. “She’s definitely kicked around some different ideas, which I know she’ll have success with, but time will tell.”

Sherri Shepherd Returns to Guest Host

Sherri Shepherd returns to guest host “The Wendy Williams Show” and is rumored to be the frontrunner to replace her permanently. @wendyshow/Instagram

“I really believe that after her career in television, if it were, everything would involve young people and people who dream of doing something in the media,” he added.

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