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‘Wendy Williams Show’ Renewed for Two More Seasons

Wendy Williams will be staying on daytime TV through 2022.

On Monday, the same day that The Wendy Williams Show kicked off its 11th season, producers Debmar-Mercury announced that the syndicated daytime talk show has been renewed for another two seasons by Fox Television Stations.

“I’m so excited to launch our 11th year by letting the world know I will continue to do what I love to do so much — and for a very long time,” Williams said in a release announcing the news. “I want to tell Fox and all of our stations today how much their support and confidence means to me. They should know we will never stop working very hard to bring our dedicated Wendy Watchers and audience ‘co-hosts’ the freshest national daytime television!”

The renewal for Wendy Williams, which is produced and distributed by Lionsgate’s Debmar-Mercury, comes after a rocky year for its host, who took an extended hiatus from the show to focus on her health. Williams revealed last year that she was diagnosed with Graves’ disease, an immune disorder that causes hyperthyroidism, and announced in December she was taking time off due to complications. Her hiatus followed an episode in which the host slurred her words and apologized to fans for a “less than stellar” show.

Williams returned from her TV break in March, and shortly after revealed that she had been living in a sober house. Season 10 wrapped in August, with the show taking a monthlong summer break.

“Wendy’s enduring demo strength is matched only by its unwavering support among our valued station partners,” said Debmar-Mercury co-presidents Ira Bernstein and Mort Marcus. “Fox, which has been there from the start, remains a big believer in the power of Wendy to deliver the goods and keep its important morning news block viewers from going anywhere.”

The renewal for Williams’ show arrives at a time when the syndication market has welcomed a ton of new entries featuring Kelly Clarkson, Tamron Hall and Mel Robbins.

As Season 11 of The Wendy Williams Show launched today, and its backers had some news to share: The veteran daytime talker has been renewed for two more seasons on Fox Television stations through 2021-22.

Hosted by Wendy Williams, the show is produced and distributed by Lionsgate’s Debmar-Mercury and airs on Fox owned-and-operated stations. It includes a mix of interviews with celebrity guests from television, film, music and sports. It averaged more than 1.6 million viewers per day nationally during its past season, including 440,000 in the target demo of women 25-54.

“Wendy is family to us, and post-AM news, her program jumpstarts the day in our markets,” said Frank Cicha, EVP Programming at Fox Television Stations. “Plus, she’s got enough wigs to make sure the show never gets stale.”

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Added Debmar-Mercury Co-Presidents Ira Bernstein and Mort Marcus: “Wendy’s enduring demo strength is matched only by its unwavering support among our valued station partners. Fox, which has been there from the start, remains a big believer in the power of Wendy to deliver the goods and keep its important morning news block viewers from going anywhere.”

But 2018-19 was a tumultuous season for the show and its host. Just before Christmas last year, fans noticed that Williams appeared to be slurring her words during one episode. She apologized, explaining that she was taking pain medication for a hairline fracture to her shoulder. About a month later, Williams announced that was taking an extended break from the show, citing complications from her Graves’ disease that required hospitalization.

She returned about six weeks later. but fans soon got another surprise. On March 19, about two after she had returned to the show, Williams made an on-air confession — telling her studio and TV audiences that she was living in a sober house after seeking treatment for unspecified addiction issues.

A month after that it was disclosed that the host’s estranged husband, Kevin Hunter was fired as executive producer of The Wendy Williams Show after eight years. Williams reportedly had filed for divorce from Hunter about a week earlier.

Williams said of today’s renewal news: “I want to tell Fox and all of our stations today how much their support and confidence means to me. They should know we will never stop working very hard to bring our dedicated Wendy Watchers and audience ‘co-hosts’ the freshest national daytime television! I ❤ you for watching!”

Wendy Williams Pushes Back Return to Daytime Talk Show (EXCLUSIVE)

Viewers of Wendy Williams’ daytime talker will have to wait another week for the host’s return.

Williams, who is recovering from an injury she said she suffered last month, will resume taping of “The Wendy Williams Show” Jan. 21, distributor and producer Debmar-Mercury confirmed Wednesday. That’s a week later than the Jan. 14 return date that had been previously announced.

The show, which has been in reruns since Dec. 24, will resume new episodes Jan. 14, but with a panel of “Hot Talkers” serving in the host’s absence.

“As she has for the past 10 years, Wendy delivers an incomparable live talk show day in and day out and we want to give her the best opportunity to heal and recover,” Debmar-Mercury co-presidents Mort Marcus and Ira Bernstein said. “Wendy has our complete and unwavering support and we look forward to her return to the iconic purple chair.”

Williams claimed to have suffered an uper-arm injury in late December. The host missed her Dec. 17 taping, then returned to work the following day, hosting new episodes through the end of that week. After Williams was criticized on social media for odd on-air behavior during her Dec. 20 episode, the host posted a statement on the show’s Instagram revealing that she had suffered “a hairline fracture on my upper arm, which hurts like hell,” and that she had taken medication to manage the pain.

The show began a planned hiatus the following week. That break was extended, however, when the talker issued an announcement via Instagram that Williams would miss her planned Jan. 7 return date. “ will be returning with all-new episodes of on Monday, January 14, 2019,” the post read. “After fracturing her shoulder, Wendy is on the mend and wants to return pain-free and be 200%, delivering the best show that millions of viewers tune-in to watch.”

Panelists for next week’s shows are expected to be revealed Monday.

“The Wendy Williams Show” is currently in its 10th season. The show airs on Fox owned-and-operated stations and is syndicated nationwide by Debmar-Mercury.

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