“The Wendy Williams Show” is one of many talk shows currently on hiatus due to the spread of the coronavirus. While the walk-of-famer understands why a hiatus was necessary, she still hopes to return to the airwaves sooner rather than later.
During a recent trip to “Dr. Oz” — one of very few shows still in production — Williams, 55, says she learned she’d be shutting down production over the phone.
“I got a telephone call, honestly, and the phone call was, ‘Wendy?’ I was like, ‘What? What am I doing wrong now?’ I always think I’m in trouble. They said, ‘We’re all shutting down everything, all the networks. Nobody is going to be doing new shows. We want all the hosts to be well.’”
She suggested hosting the show sans a studio audience, which she did on March 12. That, however, marked her last day on air.
“I said, ‘But I can do it even with no audience. I don’t even have to have the staffers there because I did that for two days.’ But they said, ‘No. We need to have you home, indefinitely.’ There will be no more Wendy or any of the other people for a period of time.’”
Williams went on, “I’m willing to risk it with one camera and a flashlight. I’m ready to go back to work next week. I’m ready to go back to work when we’re like — come on, let’s go!”
The former radio star also took to Instagram from Dr. Oz’s green room, catching up with fans while discussing her quarantine craving for deviled eggs.
A statement released to staffers the evening of March 12 read, “The safety and well-being of our employees is our top priority. Considering the current escalation of the Coronavirus, production will be put on hold, indefinitely. However, the office will remain open for you to pick up any materials or personal items.
“In place of live shows we will air repeats and we will continue to monitor the situation with the CDC and city officials to determine the best time to return and produce live shows again. Thank you for everything you do and please stay safe!”
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