A new report alleges Williams hoped to dish on her divorce, relapse and other personal details to the “CBS This Morning” anchor, but King supposedly feels the tale isn’t fit for morning television.
[Williams’] people want either a morning show or an hour-long prime-time special, they want Wendy to sit down with a big-name anchor and Gayle King was at the top of the list,” an insider divulged to the Daily Mail Monday, June 3. “But [King] turned it down, it’s not clear exactly why but there’s a lot of talk that Gayle thought sitting down with Wendy, dredging over her car crash personal life, might be a little too trashy for morning television.
“Wendy also wants a longer interview,” the source added.
Williams, who typically discusses celebrity gossip on “The Wendy Williams Show,” has become a discussion topic of her own in the last several months. After she began showing signs of failing health by slurring her speech and appearing in a sling on her talk show in December, the host went on a hiatus through March.
Throughout that time, rumors swirled that Williams’ husband
Kevin Hunter was carrying on a decade-long affair with Sharina Hudson. Adding insult to injury was the unconfirmed report that Hudson gave birth to Hunter’s baby in March. That came after Hunter moved Hudson out from a New Jersey home that was not far from the one he shared with Williams and into a Manhattan, New York, apartment.
On top of that, Williams came clean about her renewed substance abuse battle, which reports speculated was fueled by her longstanding marital woes.
“For some time now and even today and beyond, I have been living in a sober house,” Williams tearfully explained to her studio audience in March. “You know I’ve had a struggle with cocaine in the past. I never went to a place to get treatment. … I want you to know more of the story.”
Although Williams reportedly won’t be able to tell more of the story to King, sources told the Daily Mail she’s shopped her tell-all special to several major networks including the Oprah Winfrey-created OWN as well as ABC, NBC and CBS.
An insider claimed to the U.K.-based outlet that ABC’s “Good Morning America” may be where Williams’ on-air story gets told.
“GMA anchor Robin Roberts over at ABC seems the most keen, she reached out to Wendy in March when she announced she was staying in a sober house,” the insider said. “But nothing has been locked down yet, Wendy is keen to explore all her options, who knows which way it will go.”