Ratings: How First-Year Daytime Talk Shows Are Stacking Up

The syndicated daytime talk show landscape has seen some big changes since the ending of shows from veterans Ellen DeGeneres and Wendy Williams earlier this year. Among the new shows that have launched this fall, there’s a clear winner: Denmar-Mercury’s Sherri.

Wendy Williams Leaves Wellness Facility, Says She’s ‘Back And Better Than Ever’

Wendy Williams Checks Into Wellness Facility

The move comes just days after Sherri Shepherd premiered Sherri, which replaced the outgoing Wendy Williams Show.

How Wendy Williams’ Successor Was Chosen

Sherri Shepherd will launch Sherri in September, but don’t expect her to do The Wendy Williams Show — not exactly, anyway.

The Highs And Lows Of ‘The Wendy Williams Show’

When Wendy Williams debuted her nationally syndicated daytime talk show in the summer of 2009, some industry-watchers wondered if the brash host, who made a name for herself on hip-hop radio stations in Philadelphia and New York, could translate to a national audience. Williams quickly proved her critics had nothing to worry about. Last Friday, The Wendy Williams Show aired its final episode amid Williams’s ongoing health struggles and reports that the 57-year-old host was placed under a financial guardianship after Wells Fargo argued in a petition that she had been the “victim of undue influence and financial exploitation.” Here’s a timeline of some of the show’s best and worst moments over the past 13 years.


How Wendy Williams Changed Daytime TV In Her Own Unscripted Way

Wendy Williams was unlike anyone else on TV. On daytime, you’re supposed to be authentic, but you’re also taught to be polished, read the teleprompter and stay on script. Williams did none of those things. In fact, the talk show host did the exact opposite of what you’d expect a television executive to advise a host to do in 2008, the year her show was being tested for a national run. And that’s why she she stayed relevant for 13 seasons.

With DeGeneres And Williams Saying Goodbye, Daytime TV Sees Biggest Shake-Up Since Oprah’s Departure

“Daytime is important. People rely on it,” says Jack Abernethy, CEO of the Fox Television Stations. “But … daytime has to be refreshed, just like every medium.”

Wendy Williams Vows TV Return This Fall, But Sources Say It’s Not Happening

Wendy Williams’ Ex-Husband Sues Debmar-Mercury

Kevin Hunter is suing Debmar-Mercury for wrongfully terminating him from his longtime role as executive producer of The Wendy Williams Show. The complaint claimed he was fired “on the basis of his marital status, which is barred by the New York City Human Rights Law.”

Wendy Williams Not Returning To Talk Show This Season, As Sherri Shepherd Nears Deal For Show

Wendy Williams will not be returning to her daytime talk show this season, but the future of her show remains in flux. Meanwhile, Sherri Shepherd is in advanced discussions with Lionsgate’s Debmar-Mercury for her own daytime talk show, which could potentially replace Williams’ series, sources say.

‘Wendy Williams’ Sets Guest Hosts For January

Fat Joe, Remy Ma, Michael Rapaport, Kym Whitley, Finesse Mitchell and Sherri Shepherd (above) are all on tap.

Wendy Williams Won’t Return For Her Show’s Premiere

The titular host won’t be returning for the talk show’s 13th season, including the Oct. 18 premiere, until she’s in better health, with producers citing “serious complications” from her Graves’ disease and ongoing thyroid problems. The producers said in a statement that she was “making progress,” but “Wendy continues to be under medical supervision and meets with her medical team on a daily basis…. It has been determined that more time is needed before she is able to return to her live hosting duties.”

Wendy Williams Tests Positive For COVID-19, Delaying Talk Show Return

Wendy Williams has tested positive for a breakthrough case of COVID-19, as the talk show host is fully vaccinated. In light of Williams’ diagnosis, her daytime show is pushing back its fall return. Season 13 was originally set to premiere next week, but is now slated for Oct. 4 with repeat episodes airing until then.

Wendy Williams Sparks Backlash For Awkward Segment On TikTok Star Swavy’s Death

Wendy Williams Dishes The Dirt

The daytime gossip queen has tussled with P. Diddy, Whitney Houston, and Tupac Shakur. But her own private life can be as messy as the celebrity dramas she skewers.

NEW YORK (AP) — From breakups to pregnancies to lawsuits, Wendy Williams has made a career out of deep dives into celebrity gossip. It helped her to gain a following in radio and now she spends a good 25 minutes during her talk show, “ The Wendy Williams Show,” devoted to the latest rumors, scandals and […]

Wendy Williams Says ‘I’m Not Perfect’ After Unusual On-Air Behavior

No Plan For More At-Home ‘Wendy Williams’

Daytime talk show host Wendy Williams says she is waiting for governmental approval to return to her regular studio after taking a health-related hiatus last month while filming at-home episodes, which a show rep confirmed are still on pause.

Wendy Williams To Take Hiatus From Show

Wendy Williams, host of Debmar-Mercury’s daytime talker The Wendy Williams Show, is once again taking some time off due to her Graves’ disease. During the pandemic, Williams had been taping episodes from her home titled “[email protected],” but those will go on hiatus and the show will air repeats. “Recently, Wendy has been dealing with symptoms from her Graves’ disease, which is causing fatigue,” said a show spokeswoman. “In consultation with her doctor and as a precautionary measure, she will be taking some time off as she continues to receive treatment. We look forward to welcoming Wendy back soon and continuing the [email protected] shows. More updates on a return date will follow.”

DeGeneres, Williams Restart Daytime Shows

Ellen DeGeneres and Wendy Williams are resuming production on their daytime shows after taking some time off during the novel coronavirus pandemic. Both hosts will return to air on April 6, recording shows from their homes.

Wendy Williams Under Fire Tor Appearing To Make Light Of Amie Harwick’s Death

Wendy Williams Apologizes For Gay Men Comments

Wendy Williams Tells Gay Men To ‘Stop Wearing Our Skirts And Our Heels’

Wendy Williams: ‘I Was Born To Do This’

The irrepressible TV host opens up about the evolution of her self-titled talk show, being “raw” with her audience and sharing more about her life in a forthcoming biopic for Lifetime.

Another Star In Wendy Williams’ Universe

Wendy Williams received the 2,677th star on the Hollywood Walk of Fame Thursday. She was joined at the ceremony by Jack Abernethy, CEO of Fox TV Stations. “No one could be more deserving of this honor than Wendy,” he said, adding, “she outworked and outhustled everyone at each stage of her career.”

Fox Stations Renew ‘Wendy’ Through 2021-22

The additional two-year renewal extends the run of nationally syndicated talk franchise to 13 seasons.


Wendy Williams Wants To Be The Realest

Wendy Williams is the unabashed id of daytime talk TV, a host who gleefully splashes around in the same celebrity gossip pool into which her peers genteelly wade. Here, the brash talk show host discusses gossip, her current tabloid troubles and her legacy.

EP Hunter Looking To Exit ‘Wendy Williams’

Wendy Williams‘ estranged husband Kevin Hunter has served as an executive producer on her Debmar-Mercury syndicated show since it launched in 2008, but, after the marriage fell apart last week,  he’s now negotiating an exit package, according to sources.

Wendy Williams Files For Divorce After 21 Years

NEWARK, N.J. (AP) — Wendy Williams has filed for divorce after nearly 22 years of marriage to her husband and manager. Her attorney, Mary Vidas, says the papers were filed in Essex County, New Jersey, where the talk show diva has a home. Vidas would not comment further on what she called “a private family […]

Howard Stern Rips Wendy Williams

Wendy Williams dissed Howard Stern for his “Hollywood insider” status on Wednesday, a label the SiriusXM radio host didn’t take too kindly to and called her a “f–king bug-eyed c–t” in return.

Wendy Williams Returns To Show

The audience on Monday gave the 54-year-old a standing ovation as she returned to her syndicated talk show for the first time since December. Williams said she was off because of continued thyroid issues, which are associated with Graves’ disease. She said doctors were adjusting her medication and she’s doing “swell.”

Wendy Williams To Return March 4

After a six-week leave with health issues, Wendy Williams is set to return to her syndicated daytime talk show on March 4. Williams has been on leave from The Wendy Williams Show since Jan. 18 to deal with health issues including a fractured shoulders and complications from Graves disease, an immune system disorder which the host was diagnosed with last year.

Wendy Williams ‘Super Scared’ She Will Lose Show

Sources said that the beloved daytime-TV host — who has been absent from her eponymous syndicated show since December for a number of reasons — is unsettled by the apparent success of her stand-ins, and she’s becoming concerned that she won’t be able to make it back on the air in time to save her gig.

Nick Cannon To Fill In For Wendy Williams

Nick Cannon, host of Fox’s breakout The Masked Singer and MTV’s Wild n’ Out, has been set as the first guest host for The Wendy Williams Show. He will be subbing for Williams who recently announced that she is taking an extended break from her syndicated daytime talk show while recovering from a fractured shoulder.

Wendy Williams Taking Break From Talk Show

Wendy Williams is taking an extended absence from her eponymous daytime talk show due to health complications after ongoing surgery for a shoulder fracture she said she sustained in December.

Wendy Williams’ Impactful 10 Years On TV

As her daytime talk show heads into its 10th season, Wendy Williams on Thursday received the NAB Show New York Impact Award for her 10 years as a New York-based TV talk show host, for her more than 20 years as a New York City drive time radio deejay and for the philanthropic work done with her husband and manager, Kevin Hunter, and their Hunter Foundation.

Wendy Williams To Receive NAB Impact Award

The honor is in recognition of her 10 years on daytime television and 33 years in broadcasting. She will also participate in a featured main stage keynote session at NAB Show New York with Lionsgate’s Debmar-Mercury Co-Presidents Mort Marcus and Ira Bernstein.

Wendy Williams Snags Cynthia Nixon’s First National TV Interview

Wendy Williams Returns To Talk Show

Wendy Williams made her return to her eponymous daytime talk show on Monday. Prior to the taping, the host spoke with Amy Robach on Good Morning America to discuss her three-week hiatus during which she was battling Graves’ disease and dealing with thyroid issues.

Wendy Williams To Return On March 19

Wendy Williams tweeted she will be returning to host her syndicated daytime talk show on March 19 after a taking a brief hiatus to focus on her health. She also revealed in the meantime Jerry O’Connell is acting as her replacement.