Called a “breakthrough in daytime” by The New York Times, Wendy Williams burst onto the national talk show scene in July 2009 with the launch of her daily, syndicated program, “The Wendy Williams Show.” A mother, wife and best-selling author, Williams built a devoted cult following from her years as one of radio’s most popular personalities, winning over legions of fans that couldn’t wait to see the host make her television debut. Touted by People magazine as one of the “best shows of 2009,″ the critically acclaimed series now has the distinction of being “must-see TV” and made its second season debut on September 6, 2010. Her previous television work included a VH1 series entitled “Wendy Williams is on Fire.”
Williams, who was inducted into the National Radio Hall of Fame (only the second African-American woman to be honored by the organization) in November 2009, parted ways with her top-rated radio show, “The Wendy Williams Experience,” at the end of July 2009. The program, which aired on WBLS in New York, was home to over 12 million listeners nationwide.
She is the author of two New York Times best sellers, “Wendy’s Got the Heat” (Simon & Schuster) and “The Wendy Williams Experience” (Dutton Books), as well as several novels. Her latest book, “Ritz Harper Goes to Hollywood” (Karen Hunter Publishing/Pocket Books), the third installment in her series of “Ritz Harper” novels, hit shelves in May 2009.
Williams grew up in Ocean Township, New Jersey and currently lives in Northern New Jersey with her husband Kevin Hunter and their 9-year-old son, Kevin, Jr. Williams attended Northeastern University in Boston, Mass., earning a Bachelor’s Degree in communications with a minor in journalism.