After a long back-and-forth, The Wendy Williams Show will air its final episode this Friday, June 17, according to Variety, which broke the news.
Originally slated to continue through the end of the season with rotating guest hosts, Wendy Williams has been sidelined with health issues for the majority of its run.
Deadline reports that Williams will not be in attendance for the series finale, as The Wendy Williams Show will run a video montage with a tribute to her and her long run to close things out.
“The final original episode of The Wendy Williams Show will air on Friday, June 17th, with a video tribute to the iconic host. The series comes to an end after 13 successful years in syndication,” a spokesperson for the show said in a statement provided to Deadline.
Announced in February by Lionsgate’s Debmar-Mercury, Sherri with Sherri Shepherd, will take over Williams’ time slots, and will begin broadcasting as a daytime syndicated talk show this fall.
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As one of the most successful syndicated programs for Fox and Debmar-Mercury, The Wendy Williams Show was one of its longest-running and important programs on the network. Launched with a limited test run on Fox TV in the summer of 2008, Wendy became the first nationally syndicated hit to come out of the model that has since become a staple for the Fox Stations.
The Wendy Williams Show has been an important show for both Debmar-Mercury and the Fox Stations. It was one of Debmar-Mercury’s first original syndicated programs and has been one of its longest-running and most successful ones.
Wendy launched with a limited test run on Fox TV Stations in the summer of 2008, becoming the first nationally syndicated hit to come out of the model that has become a staple for the Fox Stations.