As previously reported, ‘The Wendy Williams Show” will be canceled this summer and replaced with a new daytime television show hosted by actress and comedian Sherri Shepherd. This decision came after months of Shepherd and other guests taking over hosting duties while Williams dealt with health complications from her Graves’ disease and a thyroid condition. In a different challenge, Williams is currently in dispute with Wells Fargo Bank, which froze her accounts for two months due to suspicions of her inability to manage her funds.
When asked why others suspected she was of “unsound mind,” Wendy said, “Well, you know, when people want control of their accounts, they say anything, including something crazy like that about me.”
According to GMA, she chose not to appear on camera but only by audio to connect with the audience and viewers who have watched her show for the last 13 seasons.
“[My] health is very well,” Wendy continued, noting she’s had “a few appointments” recently. “You know I’m 57 now. And I have the mind and body of a 25-year-old.”
The media maven has previously denied the allegations presented by Wells Fargo Bank, which requested a conservatorship to handle her finances. She says this matter has prevented her from completing various financial obligations, including paying her mortgage and staff.
“They say that I need somebody to handle my account and I don’t want that. I want all my money. I want to see all my money that I’ve worked hard for my entire life. My entire life. I don’t lie, I don’t cheat and I don’t steal. I am an honest, hard-working person.”
Later, a member from Williams’ team briefly interjected the conversation to share more details on the Wells Fargo incident.
A woman’s voice said, “There was an individual internal to Wells Fargo that Wendy worked with that Wendy wanted to have her son begin to come in and have a little bit more say so and get a little bit of knowledge as to the inner runnings of Wendy Williams. So the person that was there was going to be losing some of the access to Wendy that she had prior. And I don’t think she liked that.”
Wendy said she’s “very comfortable” with returning to television as soon as she takes care of a few “private” matters.
“Well, give me about three months. There are private things that I have to deal with and then I’ll be ready to come back and be free and ready to do my thing,” she explained.
Speaking directly to her fans, Wendy said, “This is what I want to say to my Wendy watchers. Keep watching because I’m going to be back on the Wendy Show. Bigger and brighter than ever.”
Wendy Williams’ battle with Wells Fargo has only just begun. As previously reported, the television host filed court docs alleging that former financial adviser Lori Schiller was fired but still communicating with the bank about her finances. Reportedly, the bank’s knowledge that Williams was “of unsound mind” and unable to manage her accounts came in a report from Schiller.
In a statement shared with ABS last month, Wendy said she had spoken with several bank representatives and managers about the former team member she considered “a friend.” She admits there were no suspicions about her mental status at the time.