Friday, April 19, 2024

Reports: Sherri Shepherd Will Permanently Replace Wendy Williams Next Fall on Talk Show


This may be it for Wendy Williams.

The syndicated talk show host hasn’t been on her own show in months, replaced by substitutes. Her last show was in July 2021, the end of her 12th season. She never returned when the new season began in September.

One of the subs, Sherri Shepherd, has done such a good job she will inherit the mantle next fall. No more “Wendy Williams Show.” Sherri will get her own show with her name.

It’s pointed out that Wendy’s Instagram is no longer in her control, and now features Shepherd. The story was reported by LoveBScott.

Shepherd is effervescent and fun, she also has a lot of experience and can create a new show with her background on “The View” and elsewhere.

Williams has suffered from many physical and mental ailments this season including Grave’s Disease. This past week she posted a video from Florida where she’s re-centering herself. To paraphrase her, the grind of the show and living in New York and dealing with divorce, etc was just too much for her.

With Shepherd guest hosting, “The Wendy Williams Show” has maintained itself at 800,000 viewers average per day. That’s pretty good. It’s also 300,000 more per day than the same syndicator’s “Nick Cannon” show. If Debmar-Mercury puts some money into Sherri’s show, they would have a breakout hit.

Here’s Wendy’s video. My guess is she’ll write a revealing memoir and then appear on all the talk shows promoting it.

Roger Friedman
Roger Friedman
Roger Friedman began his Showbiz411 column in April 2009 after 10 years with Fox News, where he created the Fox411 column. His movie reviews are carried by Rotten Tomatoes, and he is a member of both the movie and TV branches of the Critics Choice Awards. His articles have appeared in dozens of publications over the years including New York Magazine, where he wrote the Intelligencer column in the mid 90s and covered the OJ Simpson trial, and Fox News (when it wasn't so crazy) where he covered Michael Jackson. He is also the writer and co-producer of "Only the Strong Survive," a selection of the Cannes, Sundance, and Telluride Film festivals, directed by DA Pennebaker and Chris Hegedus.

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