As chatter about Wendy Williams surged around the end of her talk show this summer, fans suggested the longtime voice of radio do what so many others have done before.
Get a podcast.
Now Williams says she is doing exactly that.
The former TV talk show host, who grew up in Ocean Township and formerly resided in Livingston, appears in a video posted to The Wendy Experience Podcast Instagram account this week.
“Co-hosts, I’m famous, and I’ll be back,” Williams says in the clip, which teases “The Wendy Experience.”
Fans of Williams — many have expressed concern about her health in recent days — will recognize the podcast name from both the “The Wendy Williams Experience,” her former WBLS radio show, and her 2006 VH1 reality series. It was also the title of her 2005 book “The Wendy Williams Experience: Queen of Radio.”
Her long-running talk show, “The Wendy Williams Show,” ended in June without her after a series of guest hosts stepped in for Williams during her absence.
Williams had left the show due to ongoing health issues from Graves disease, an autoimmune condition that affects the thyroid and causes a constellation of symptoms. She was due to return from the extended absence, but never did before the show ended.
Instead, frequent “Wendy” temporary host Sherri Shepherd was given her own show in Williams’ time slot. “Sherri” is set to premiere in September.
Williams, who turned 58 in July, debuted “Wendy” in 2008 after years as an established radio personality in New York and beyond. She previously promised she’d be back on TV soon — within months — but now says a podcast is her future.
“If you’re extremely famous like I am, (hosting a podcast) will make more money than being on ‘The Wendy Williams Show,’” Williams recently told the New York Post.
In that interview, the former “Wendy” host said she didn’t appreciate how the end of her show was handled, adding that she wasn’t asked to be there for the final episode.
“(Debmar-Mercury, the show’s production company) didn’t ask me to do that, so I didn’t,” she said. “I sat in my apartment and I watched it. And (I was) like, ‘Eek!’”
Social media accounts for “Wendy,” including the show’s YouTube channel, were removed after the conclusion of the series.
In the meantime, Williams has continued to fight for access to her bank accounts after she said Wells Fargo blocked her from her money.
She has said she is currently dating a New York police officer named Henry. Williams reportedly claimed she was married to the man, but her manager denied that was true.
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