Wendy Williams Show officially ends after 13 years with no sign of the titular host


Wendy Williams Show officially ends after 13 years with no sign of the titular host: Wendy’s estranged ex Kevin Hunter calls her absence a ‘travesty’ as Sherri Shepherd takes over timeslot

  • Wendy Williams was absent from the final episode of her long running daytime talk show which aired Friday
  • The Wendy Williams Show ended after 13 years with Sherri Shepherd at the helm
  • Shepherd paid tribute to Wendy during the final episode but the titular host, 57, did not make an appearance
  • Wendy’s estranged ex and former manager, Kevin Hunter, called his ex-wife’s exclusion from the episode a ‘travesty’ 
  • Williams has not hosted a single episode this season after taking a leave of absence to cope with health issues 
  • A series of rotating guest hosts took her place, and in February it emerged that Sherri Shepherd will permanently take over Williams’ timeslot this autumn 

The Wendy Williams Show has finally ended for good and the long running daytime series did so without an appearance from the titular host.

Sherri Shepherd, who will permanently take over Wendy’s time slot, guest hosted the last episode of the once popular daytime talk show after 13 years. 

Williams, 57, had been on an indefinite leave from hosting due to health issues and had not filmed a single episode this series. However, her estranged husband, Kevin Hunter told ET that her absence from the final episode was a ‘travesty.’

It's all over: The Wendy Williams Show has finally ended for good and the long running daytime series did so without an appearance from the titular host

It’s all over: The Wendy Williams Show has finally ended for good and the long running daytime series did so without an appearance from the titular host

Devoted Wendy fans were no doubt disappointed not to hear the eponymous host give one last ‘how you doin?’ before the talk show ended on Friday.

Sherri Shepherd, who has served as guest host in Wendy’s stead, addressed the ‘bittersweet moment’.

‘Most of all, we have to thank you, Wendy Williams,’ Shepherd said to the audience. ‘There is nobody like Wendy Williams. From her days on the radio to ruling daytime talk for 13 seasons, Wendy earned her title as the queen of all media. If you think about it, Wendy Williams changed daytime talk.’ 

The crowd cheered for Shepherd, who will slide into Wendy’s time slot with her own self-titled show in the fall, however not everyone was satisfied with how things went down. 

‘I feel like it is a travesty on the part of Debmar-Mercury to have such an unceremonious departure without Wendy being involved,’ Kevin Hunter told ET.

He continued: ‘It is the first time in the history of talk shows for this to be done, especially for a show that has been on for more than 10 years. There is absolutely no reason why a bigger celebration that involved Wendy couldn’t happen.’

Hunter served as a long time executive producer of his ex-wife’s series as well as her manager. 

A series of rotating guest hosts took her place, and in February it emerged that Sherri Shepherd will permanently take over Williams’ time slot this autumn.

Not happy: Williams, 57, had been on an indefinite leave from hosting due to health issues and had not filmed a single episode this series. However, her estranged husband, Kevin Hunter told ET that her absence from the final episode was a 'travesty.'

Not happy: Williams, 57, had been on an indefinite leave from hosting due to health issues and had not filmed a single episode this series. However, her estranged husband, Kevin Hunter told ET that her absence from the final episode was a ‘travesty.’

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