Wendy Williams made rare comments about her health and the future of her daytime talk show in a video uploaded to Instagram on Wednesday.
The 57-year-old, who has been absent from The Wendy Williams Show since July 2021 as she is reportedly battling “a range of medical issues,” has stressed to her followers that she plans to return “stronger” than ever.
“I want to be everything I can and then go back to New York and start The Wendy Williams Show,” she said at the end of the clip.
Speaking: Wendy Williams made rare comments about her health and the future of her daytime talk show in a video uploaded to Instagram on Wednesday.
In the video, filmed by her son Kevin Hunter Jr., 21, Williams can be seen strolling along the beach in Miami, Florida. Just three months before, she had been confined to a wheelchair.
She wore a black hoodie and a New York Yankees baseball cap.
Williams began the five-minute video reassuring fans that she was fine, contradicting recent claims that the star’s health has left her “incapacitated” and in need of custody.
“It’s only eight o’clock in the morning and I’m fine, you know? It’s very calm here,” she said, before revealing that she gets up every morning and walks along the beach before heading to the gym.
It’s been too long: The 57-year-old host, who has been absent from The Wendy Williams Show since July 2021 as she battles Graves’ disease, stressed to her followers that she plans to return “stronger” than ever.
Ready for it: “I want to be everything I can be and then go back to New York and do The Wendy Williams Show,” she said after closing the clip.
Williams also shared her plans for the day, including several phone calls to her relatives and business associates.
“What can you say to those people who think you’re up to something?” Kevin asked, to which Williams replied, “Sorry, I’m coming back stronger.”
‘V  years, there are things that happen to people. I would say it usually starts around 40 and goes up, you know, so you have to eat the right food,” she explained.
She ended the video by doubling down on her commitment to recovery and one day heading back to New York to reprise her role as show host Wendy Williams.
On the mend: Williams began the five-minute video reassuring fans that she was fine, contradicting recent claims that the star’s health has rendered her “incapacitated” and in need of custody.
Part of aging: “In  years, there are things that happen to people. I would say it usually starts around 40 and they go from there, you know, so you have to eat the right food,” she explained.
There’s no doubt about it: she ended the video by doubling down on her commitment to recovery and one day heading back to New York to reprise her role as show host Wendy Williams.
Team Williams stated that she was absent from her show due to her ongoing battle with Graves’ disease, an autoimmune disease.
She was expected to return in September, but then contracted COVID-19 and was hospitalized for a psychiatric evaluation that same month. In the photo, Williams was wheeled around New York in a wheelchair, looking like a shadow of her former self.
The host reportedly spent January in Florida to be close to her son.
On Tuesday, it was revealed that Sherry Shepard would be named “permanent guest host” for the show.
When Shepard, 54, first hosted in November 2021, ratings soared to their highest level of the entire season.
Support System: Video directed by her son Kevin Hunter Jr., 21; Kevin and Wendy pictured in 2019.
Since then, the actress has hosted several times, with others such as Jerry Springer and Fat Joe also taking on host duties.
People magazine also reported that Williams would not be returning to his show until at least the fall, if at all.
“Wendy will not return to the show until the end of this season. Her healing is slower than everyone had hoped,” the source said.
“She continues to deal with a number of medical issues, including Graves’ disease, and she and her team take care of her day after day.
“But reports of a stroke, a drug or addiction problem, or a dementia diagnosis are all lies.
Battle: Wendy Williams appears in September 2020, ten months before she stopped hosting The Wendy Williams Show. She is currently fighting Wells Fargo for access to her accounts after they were frozen due to allegations of her incapacity.
New Host: On Tuesday, it was revealed that Sherri Shepard would be named the show’s “permanent guest host”.
“Whether Wendy can return in the fall will depend on how her healing goes during the summer. Her health is the most important.”
But other sources paint a much more troubling picture.
“The spark has gone out,” one insider told The Sun.
“That Wendy, who for ten years had this fire in her eyes, this cheeky grin and this slight wink, is no longer the same.
“It doesn’t always work the way it used to. She has days when she needs help to eat, get out of bed and get dressed.
“Sometimes she goes out in a dressing gown and barefoot – old Wendy would never allow herself to appear like that.”
The source added that she had memory problems.
“There are people that Wendy knows who have worked closely with her, and there are days when she has no idea who they are.”
On Wednesday, a lawyer for her Wells Fargo bank sent a letter to New York County Supreme Court Judge Arlene Bluth asking for a hearing to discuss her finances.
Fragile: Williams is seen in September 2021 looking distinctly frail. It is unclear if she will return to her hosting duties.
Williams’ former financial adviser, Lori Schiller, said Williams was “not of her right mind,” which led Wells Fargo to block the New Jersey anchor’s access to her accounts in mid-January.
Lawyers for Williams disputed Schiller’s lawsuit and on February 4 accused Wells Fargo of exceeding its authority.
The bank has now responded that David H. Pickus, representing Wells Fargo, wrote in court documents obtained by Page Six that they were worried about her and wanted a professional to manage her finances.
‘We are concerned [Williams’] situation,” Picus wrote on Wednesday.
“We hope that Part of the Custody [of the court] immediately appoint a temporary guardian or assessor to review the situation and ensure that [Williams’] things are going well.”
Picus told the judge that the bank “has good reason to believe” that Williams is “a victim of undue influence and financial exploitation.” He requested that the case be kept “secret” in order to “preserve a confidential character.”
Picus claimed that Schiller had “recently witnessed signs of exploitation, including Williams’ own misgivings” about the people around her.
Concerns: Wells Fargo’s David H. Pickus said in court documents that the bank was “concerned about Williams’ situation.”
Pikus did not specify who he meant.
He wrote that “other independent third parties who know [Williams] Well… I share those concerns.
Williams’ attorney, Celeste McCaw, wrote in response to Wednesday’s letter that her Emmy-winning client “denies that she is the victim of undue influence and financial exploitation.”
McCaw also requested a temporary restraining order against Wells Fargo to keep the bank “from freezing.” [Williams’] account and violation of her right to access her financial assets and records.”
Trailblazer Williams launched her eponymous show in 2008, and now in its 13th season, it remains one of the biggest hits in daytime TV history.
The show was built around Williams, at the time a popular radio host known for her uncompromising attitude towards celebrity gossip.
The show was deeply personal, showing the end of her 22-year marriage to TV producer Kevin Hunter in 2019 when she discovered he was having an affair and had a child with her mistress.
Divorce: Wendy Williams is pictured in 2012 with her then-husband Kevin Hunter, a television producer. They divorced in 2019 after it was revealed that he had an affair.
Date Wendy: Williams is seen with Mike Esterman, a Maryland building contractor she met on the “Date Wendy” section of her show. The couple dated for a couple of months and broke up in May 2021.
In February 2021, she hosted the “Date With Wendy” segment on her show and met Mike Esterman, a Maryland building contractor, whom she began dating.
The relationship ended by May and Esterman said they broke up due to distance and busy schedules.
Williams reacted angrily to what he revealed about the breakup, telling her viewers, “I didn’t say anything because I’m so grown up. We would have this discussion far backstage.
“I’m not embarrassed because I’m such an adult.
– And from childhood, – Mike, – well, he gives quotes!
Esterman, angry at being called childish, told Page Six, “Of course she has to have the last word, and since she’s the kind of person, she’s the only thing that will make her look better.”
In August, Williams “officially went on Instagram” with an unidentified man, whom she called her boyfriend.
“My son’s 21st birthday on a yacht in #Miami was everything he wanted! Even my boyfriend,” she captioned the photo.
Mystery Man: In August 2021, Williams posted a photo of her with a mystery man she called her boyfriend.