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Sherri Shepherd ‘Does Not Have Wendy’s Blessing’ to Take Over Talk Show

Sherri Shepherd ‘Does Not Have Wendy’s Blessing’ to Take Over Talk Show

The announcement that Sherri Shepherd is in talks to become a “permanent” guest host of The Wendy Williams Show has not been met with enthusiasm from Wendy Williams herself.

In fact, The Sun is reporting that an inside source is stating that “Sherri does not have Wendy’s blessing and all of this is all being done without her involvement.” Another unnamed source is also saying that the on-hiatus talk show host “is extremely jealous and can’t stand people filling in for her as it is. It has really hurt her seeing her own fans give Sherri glowing reviews in her absence.”

If indeed it is the end of Williams hosting her own show due to health reasons, producers and staff are being overly cautious not to disrupt Williams’ loyal fan base. This is partly the reason they are labeling Shepherd’s role as a permanent guest host as opposed to outright stating that she is taking over the show. An insider also says that production will not be removing any logos and/or signage until September, maybe even not until October.

The intended plan leading up to next season is to incorporate Shepherd into the lives of the fans. She will be working towards winning them over by participating in fan events, Facetiming with them, and placing a focus on bringing them along with her on this next chapter.

As Williams has been working to get back to good health, there has been a revolving set of hosts for her show. Producers of the show will continue to monitor Williams’ status and make a decision closer to September if her health is not in order.

Last year, the show’s official Instagram account revealed Williams had tested positive for COVID-19. TMZ also reported that Williams voluntarily admitted herself into a New York City hospital for a psych evaluation. The hospitalization came after the talk show host’s COVID diagnosis was confirmed.
Sherri Shepherd ‘Does Not Have Wendy’s Blessing’ to Take Over Talk Show

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