The Wendy Williams Show staffers let loose this week after one of the “most difficult seasons” the talk show has ever seen, according to sources with Page Six.
On her way out of a building in New York City, TMZ camera’s caught up to Wendy Williams and asked her about the show’s future. She assured fans that rumors are not true, saying, “The show will be on for until I say ‘No.’ And I’m not ready to go.” Fans could be heard cheering on her comments as she climbed into the back of an SUV to head off.
“They are all well aware that all they have is Season 11 left, that’s guaranteed, but until [production company] Debmar-Mercury announces that they are renewing additional seasons beyond the next season, some staff have begun searching for jobs,” the source said.
There already has been one high-profile departure — longtime producer Talia Parkinson-Jones, who said goodbye to Williams’ show for a new job as co-executive producer of Tamron Hall’s upcoming daytime gabfest on ABC.
Our source pinpointed Parkinson-Jones’ departure as a sign the tides are turning for Williams’ long-running show.
Current co-executive producer Suzanne Bass acknowledged on Instagram this week the hardships the show and its host faced this season. A spokesperson at “The Wendy Williams Show” told Page Six in a statement that there’s nothing going on with the staff, but notably failed to acknowledge the show’s future beyond Season 11.
Williams addressed the rocky season herself, saying, “This season has been, well, hell for me, in a weird way. I appreciate doing this show because it’s my one hour where I get to be fun and forget about stuff. You’ve seen me pass out the season, you’ve read [about me] in tabloids and the paparazzi and all that, but through it all, my one joy — aside from my son and my family — is you.”
“I’m not doing this show forever, but I certainly will be back for season 11,” Williams added. “A lot of people didn’t think we could do it, but we did it! September 16. I love you for watching, and I’ll see you next time on Wendy.”