5 Things We Learned From the ‘Where Is Wendy Williams?’ Docuseries

The two-part doc revealed much about the former TV show host's struggles with health, finances, and her bitter divorce.

The first two parts of the highly anticipated documentary “Where Is Wendy Williams?” aired on Saturday (Feb 25) on Lifetime, and it revealed much about Wendy Williams’ struggles. 

The former talk show host had battled health challenges such as dementia, dealt with financial issues, has gone through a messy divorce, and lost her beloved show.

The backdrop of the docuseries was to chronicle Williams’s launch of a new podcast. However, details of her personal life speculated about in the court of popular opinion for several years, are revealed.

Will Shelby, her manager, assists Willaims throughout the doc as she plans to create with her publicist, Shawn Zanotti, hoping her latest media project can boost her income. The depiction of  Willaims in the doc showed all of the grit and determination that made her a media superstar despite her numerous challenges.

To bring you up to speed on the docuseries, here are 5 Things We Learned From “Where Is Wendy Williams?”

Wendy Williams Claims She Is Out of Money

During the first installment of the docuseries, Williams claims that she broke due to being placed under a financial guardianship in a New York court in 2022 after the bank Wells Fargo claimed she was a “victim of undue influence and financial exploitation.”

After several court battles, Willaims warned others that her current financial state should be a cautionary tale for others

 “My money is still stuck at Wells Fargo, and I’m going to tell you something. If it happens to me, it could happen to you,” she said. “In the meantime, I have no money.”

She also noted that she needs the money to provide a life for her son, Kevin Hunter Jr., who appears in the docuseries.

“I’ve got so much money,” she claimed.“I want it for my son. When I die, everything is for him.”

Wendy Williams Diagnosed With Frontotemporal Dementia And Aphasia

She Was Found Discovered Unresponsive in 2020.

DJ Boof, who used to spin music for “The Wendy Williams Show, said he was Williams’ protector following her divorce from Kevin Hunter in 2020.

He also shared that Williams was completely unresponsive in her home and rushed her to the hospital, where she received multiple blood transfusions.

"She just wasn’t the same person anymore," DJ Boof shared.

Her Son Claims That People Around Her Caused Her to Fall Deeper Into Her Addiction

Kevin Hunter Jr. believes that some people in his mother’s inner circle have played a major part in her current state. He claims that if anyone tries to stop her, she brings in people who will give her what she wants.

 “Her addiction had so much control over her life that if a person is against it or wants to help with it, she moves them out,” Hunter said.

“As long as she has people around who are ‘yes’ people, the same thing is always gonna occur, where she would ultimately just find any excuse to be by herself so she can get back to drinking,” he added.

She Revealed Her Struggles With Alcohol

Williams’ behavior over the last few months of the show before she dropped out of the public eye led many to speculate that she was abusing alcohol to cope with her divorce.

 “It was causing her to drink more than she usually would. She would drink sometimes, but when she was going through the tribulation with Kevin, it definitely was to numb out," said Williams’s lifelong friend Regina Shell.

"I love vodka,” she stated, noting that her sister, Wanda Finnie, "hates that I love alcohol" and her son "hates liquor."

She Was In Talks For a New Show

Although the “Wendy Williams Show” ended unceremoniously, Williams and her team were trying to land a new show by the documentary's end. While in L.A., Zanotti and Williams told the filmmakers they were meeting with the brass at NBCUniversal about making a new show.

In the second episode, Williams is seen crying on the steps of her childhood home in Asbury Park, New Jersey, and she tells Selby, “I really want to be back on television.”

“She’s overcome a lot," Selby added. "She’s still in this fight.”

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