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‘The Wendy Williams Show’ Comes to An End This Friday

Wendy Williams at the 2019 NYWIFT Muse AwardsPhoto by Lars Niki/Getty Images for New York Women in Film & Television

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The Masked Singer alum, Wendy Williams, is officially saying goodbye to her talk show this Friday. After 13 seasons, The Wendy Williams Show is coming to an end. Williams will not be in attendance for the last episode of her daytime talk show.

The Wendy Williams Show Will End After 13 Years on TV

After a successful 13 years in syndication, The Wendy Williams Show comes to an end on Friday, June 17. This episode will include a video tribute to the host, in the form of a video montage celebration. Sherri Shepherd will once again sit in place of Williams on the talk show’s final episode.

For those who don’t know, Williams has been absent from her show throughout the 2021-2022 season due to health related issues. In 2018, Williams announced that she had Graves’ disease (an autoimmune disorder that causes an overproduction of hormones) and had been living with it for years. At the time, she acknowledged that it was a cause of her “bulgy” eyes. She was around 54 years old at the time of her announcement, but this disease typically affects people between the ages of 30 to 50, but it can occur at any age.

Even though Williams has been open about her struggles with Graves’ disease and lymphedema, her absence has been a bit of a mystery to fans. She has stated in multiple interviews that she plans to return to her show, despite her lack of appearance in the past year.

The network has spoken out about the cancellation of the series, stating that they’d like to work with her again in the future. They hope to see her come back to FOX healthy in the future.

“Other than her health, she could have continued to keep doing it as long as she wanted. She was still getting a rating and she has a die-hard audience that turned it into a profitable show,” Mort Marcus, co-president of Debmar-Mercury said. “We were protecting the business, while we waited for her. And at some point, we had to say, ‘We have a business to run and she’s not here.’ It was a hard call.”

FOX Launches Sherri Shepherd’s Show, Sherri

Since Williams has taken a break from her purple chair, fans of the series have seen a ton of guest hosts in her place. Notably, Shepard has shined in place of Williams. Due to her popularity, Shepard is set to launch her own syndicated talk show, Sherri. Sherri will take over the time slots of The Wendy Williams Show on Fox owned and operated stations.

Even though the exact release date has yet to be announced, Sherri already has it’s own website. Any fan interested in attending a taping can request free tickets through the show’s newsletter. Audience members must be older than the age of 18, Sherri films in New York City this fall.

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