Sherri Shepherd has been named the permanent host of "The Wendy Williams Show" amid Wendy Williams's prolonged absence due to dementia.

Multiple sources with direct knowledge tell TMZ that Sherri will assume the purple chair beginning in September. TMZ's sources say the deal is almost locked.

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Wendy, 57, hasn't worked since July of 2021 and she is reportedly suffering from dementia. Sources say Wendy doesn't recognize her close friends, although she still recognizes her only child, Kevin Hunter Jr. (pictured above).

Sources tell TMZ that the Fox Station Group — which carries the show on its local stations — is on board with the move.

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Wendy signed off at the end of season 13, telling fans she'd see them for season 14. But the start of the new season was delayed while she recovered from COVID in a New York hospital. Then a succession of guest hosts substituted for Wendy, including Bill Bellamy and Leah Remini.

Then came word last year that Wendy may never return because she's suffering from dementia.

Wells Fargo seemed to confirm the reports when the bank froze Wendy's account containing "several million dollars".

An attorney representing the queen of daytime talk is asking the court for an emergency order forcing Wells Fargo to unfreeze her accounts.

Wells Fargo justified its action by claiming Wendy signed an agreement allowing her accounts to be frozen pending a court order, if the bank suspects "financial exploitation, dementia, or undue influence."

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NeNe Leakes and her boytoy, Nyonisela Sioh were spotted out & about for the first time since selling her Georgia mansion for $2.6 million. A BACKGRID photographer bumped into the stylish couple at LAX Airport on Sunday.

When asked what she planned to do next after unloading her marital home, NeNe laughed and said, "I don't know."

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When asked if she planned to move back to the West Coast, NeNe said she is staying in Georgia to be near her sons and grandchild.
 
READ ALSO: NeNe Leakes and boyfriend Nyonisela Sioh set wedding date?
 
Referring to her relationship with a much younger man, NeNe said, "It's just good to have someone while you're breathing."

NeNe revealed she's in love with her new beau, fashion designer and owner of Nyoni Couture menswear boutique.

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NeNe allegedly began dating Nyonisela after the death of her husband, Gregg Leakes in September. Nene confirmed that she had Gregg's blessings to step out with younger men while he lay on his death bed.

She was seen wearing her engagement ring from her late husband Gregg as she and Nyonisela waited patiently for their Uber to arrive.

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Word is that NeNe is anxious to replace her late husband's engagement ring with a ring from Nyonisela. NeNe has no time to waste as a menopausal woman of a certain age.

However, there are rampant rumors that Nyoni might already be married to a long-suffering woman in North Carolina.

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Cardi B made her daughter Kulture's Instagram page private after Internet trolls left hateful comments under the child's photos.

Kulture's Instagram account gained more than 2.3 million Instagram followers since her mommy created the page in September 2020.

However, Cardi wasn't monitoring the toddler's page and she forgot (or didn't know how) to turn off comments under the posts.

After seeing a screenshot of cruel comments circulating on Twitter, Cardi took immediate action and made the 3-year-old's IG page private.

"Haven't been checking my daughter account but now I'm going to lock her page," she tweeted. "I don't know wtf is going on but I hope y'all moms die for giving birth to you hoe a** weirdos."

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Cardi has thick skin when it comes to trolls attacking her online. But her patience wears thin when trolls attack her well-dressed 3-year-old.

Cardi gave birth to her second child — a boy — in September. The rapper and her husband, Offset, still have not revealed the child's name. The Migos rapper posted an IG photo of himself holding the infant on a private jet.

Cardi recently won a defamation lawsuit against YouTube vlogger Tasha K when an Atlanta jury awarded her over $4 million in punitive damages.

"After almost four years of repeated libel and slander against me, being able to walk away from this victorious brings me great happiness," Cardi told People. "I appreciate Judge Ray for conducting a fair and impartial trial."

She added: "I am grateful for the jury and their careful deliberation over the past two weeks. I am profoundly grateful for the hard work and support from my legal team."

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Kanye West is catching heat for gifting Julia Fox's friends with Hermès Birkin handbags at her 32nd birthday celebration dinner.

Kanye, also known as Ye, surprised his girlfriend, Julia, with diamonds and a baby Birkin. He then handed out Birkin bags to her well-heeled girlfriends. The bags retail for $25,000 to $250,000.

Video from the party circulating on social media shows the only Black woman empty handed while the other ladies posed with their Birkins.

Black Twitter suggested that Julia's only Black friend was left out of the gift giving because of the color of her skin.

According to Page Six, Julia's birthday dinner went down at new Midtown Chinese eatery Sei Less.

"There were some girls trying to get his attention... when Julia went to the bathroom," a source told Page Six.

Sources told the outlet the couple fled uptown "when they got a call from 2 Chainz, who was there dining with rapper Fabolous in a private dining room."

"It was just a random dinner that turned into a big night," the source said.

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Kierra Sheard-Kelly tells Page Six that she rents hotel rooms for her girlfriends to keep them away from her husband.

The anointed gospel singer says that when her girlfriends come to visit, they don't stay overnight in her home. She makes them stay at a hotel so her husband won't be tempted to have sex with them.

The 34-year-old Detroit native was brought up in a family of gospel singers in West Bloomfield.

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When it comes to men, Kierra learned from the best — gospel music legend Karen Clark Sheard, 61, who warned her daughter to avoid bringing her single friends around her man.

"My momma has already told me don't have too many people around your house. I don't care how good you trust them or whatever it is, I'm very mindful and careful. I would buy a friend a hotel room before I let them stay at my house."

She added:

"Am I supposed to let them into my home? Because we as believers, we believe that what we have we are supposed to share with others, but I'm not sharing my man. Since I'm not sharing my man, I have to be cautious with everything else that I share as far as with him being there too."

Kierra doesn't blame her man for being tempted. She understands that the male sex drive is very strong and men are wired to be sexually attracted to child-bearing women.

Instead, she blames women for tempting the weaker sex.

"I think it's such a thing as boundaries. Some friends don't know that balance and can't understand the balance," Kierra said.

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Kierra and her husband Jordan Kelly were married in a traditional wedding ceremony on Dec. 12, 2020.

So far, Jordan hasn't cheated on Kierra — and she plans to keep it that way.

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Actress Thandie Newton broke down in tears while discussing the privilege and advantages she has over darker skinned actresses in Hollywood.

"I've wanted so desperately to apologize every day to darker skinned actresses, to say I'm sorry that I'm the one chosen," she said.

She said her "internalized prejudice" convinced her that she could play a dark-skinned woman on the big screen.

"I just thank God that my light skin didn't stop that from happening. I'm so, you know, that it didn't cause more pain," she said, while choking back tears.

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She added:

"My mama looks like you. It's been very painful to have women that look like my mum feel like I'm not representing them; that I'm taking from them — taking their men, taking their worth, taking their truth... We matter. I was worried about my light-skinnedness, because my light-skinnedness has been more problematic than being Black in my life, literally."

She continued: "I was BLACK in England — I mean dark-skinned. So then I went to America and I would describe myself as dark-skinned."

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Thandie was surprised when Black Americans told her she was light-skinned, not Black.

"And suddenly I was someone that, you know, 'F**k you for being light-skinned.' I got more prejudice from Black people. I didn't understand. I literally didn't understand. I thought you're my brethren? What's happening?"

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Nick Cannon opened up about his celibacy struggle on his daytime talk show this week.

Cannon, already a father of 7, clarified that his therapist advised him to stop sowing his seed after he fathered a child with Instagram model Bre Tiesi.

So, technically, he didn't break his celibacy vow.

"My therapist was one of the ones who said I should probably be celibate and the reason why is because I had shared that news about Bre being pregnant," he told guest Angela Yee.

Cannon explained that Tiesi was pregnant when his youngest son Zen died in December.

"This whole process was extremely difficult for me because I've known about Bre's pregnancy for a while now, before my youngest son Zen passed in December. And so even going through all of that, this was always in the back of my mind. When is the right time? How do I share this? We didn't expect Zen to pass away. All of the news was so unexpected. So to try to figure out a chronological order or a hierarchy, it kept me up at night. I always talk about the guilt that I feel in losing Zen, and even how to deal with this for my other children, and that was a lot of the guilt as well. Guilt for everyone involved. And I just wanna say thank you to every one of my family members for understanding and helping me through this process."

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Rihanna's dad Ronald Fenty said his daughter's eggs were getting close to their expiration date.

Ronald Fenty revealed exclusively to The Sun how he found out his daughter was expecting her first child with boyfriend A$AP Rocky.

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Fenty, 68, said he was "ecstatic" when Rihanna told him she was pregnant.

Rihanna and A$AP, both 33, broke the news in a photo shoot over the weekend. Rihanna revealed her exposed baby bump through a long pink coat on a bitterly cold snowy day in New York City.

Ronald Fenty expressed his relief that his childless daughter was finally pregnant.

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Ronald suggested Rihanna waited too long until her eggs were nearly dust.

He said: "If you want to bake a good cake you've got to have fresh eggs."

Speaking from his home in Barbados, Ronald exclusively told The Sun:

"I'm ecstatic. To be honest I only found out yesterday but for the last five years, everybody was saying she was pregnant all the time. She called me and said she had some good news for me and I automatically knew what it was. I think this is a good time, she doesn't want to wait until she's in her 40s."

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Ronald is convinced Rihanna will be a great mother and motherhood will come naturally to her. He said she is very protective of her brothers, nephews and all children.

He said he hopes Rihanna will have a girl.

"I already have two grandsons so I would like a granddaughter this time."

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Mariah Carey is happy for her ex-husband Nick Cannon after the news broke that he is expecting his 8th child.

Nick and his 5th baby mama, Bre Tiesi, held a gender reveal party with blue and pink balloons in Malibu, California last weekend. The couple is expecting a boy.

A source said Mariah is "supportive" of her ex-husband who left their marriage on good terms with an agreement to co-parent their twins, Moroccan and Monroe.

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"Mariah and Nick are really great co-parents and have a good relationship [and] friendship now so any time Nick has exciting news to share, she's just happy for him," a source told Us Weekly exclusively.

The source said Mariah, 52, is happy about Nick and Bre Tiesi's baby news. "They're in a good place and they're supportive of each other no matter what."

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NeNe Leakes sold her Duluth, Ga. mansion at a steep discount — but at least it's off her hands.

According to TMZ, NeNe unloaded her marital home for nearly half the asking price at $2.6 million.

NeNe listed the 10,000 square foot 5 bedroom, 7 bath home for $4 million on Sept. 21, three weeks after her husband, Gregg Leakes, died of colon cancer at age 66.

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After getting no offers, NeNe, 54, slashed the price $305,000 to $3.495 million after previously cutting the price $200,000. The home finally sold for $2.6 million on January 25.

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NeNe, 54, and Gregg originally purchased their marital home while it was under construction in 2015 for $2 million.

In addition to the $13,000+ monthly mortgage, the buyer will pay $2,750 annual homeowner's association fee and $29,884 annual property taxes.

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In November, NeNe dropped $1.8 million on a new tri-level townhouse in Buckhead. The never lived-in, 4-bedroom, 5-bath condo opens to a large courtyard where NeNe can entertain her guests as they enjoy the lush English garden nestled just outside the gate. The private entrance leads to a grand entryway.

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Julia Fox gets around. According to Page Six, Julia hooked up with Drake — and even moved in with him before she met Kanye West, aka Ye.

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Sources tell Page Six that the Canadian rapper slid into Julia's Instagram DM to congratulate her on her role in Adam Sandler's film Uncut Gems.

Julia thanked Drake, and he invited her to hang out with him. But she was dating her then-boyfriend, Peter Artemiev, at the time.

After their relationship fell apart later that year, insiders say she got back in touch with Drake on Instagram.

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The Toronto rapper showed up at Bloomingdale's in New York City — where she was doing a promotional gig.

"They closed down the store so he could visit," said a source.

Drake flew Julia to Los Angeles a few days after Valentine's Day, where he gifted her two Hermès Birkin handbags, which retail from $20,000 up to $500,000.

"Then she went to [his hometown] Toronto to stay with him," said the insider.

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Drake invited her to move in with him at his 50,000 square foot Toronto mansion. But the pandemic happened and she had to get back across the border before it closed.

Insiders say Julia got back together with Peter Artemiev and they tied the knot after she fell pregnant with his son.

All of this happened within one year.

Kanye is reportedly upset with Julia for not coming clean about her dating Drake first.

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Drake and Kanye fell out years ago when rapper Pusha T released a track on an album produced by Kanye that revealed Drake fathered a secret son with a sex worker.

Drake eventually acknowledged the existence of the boy named Adonis.

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Drake and Kanye eventually kissed and made up just in time to perform a benefit concert together in December.

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Rapper Gunna didn't hesitate when a Twitter follower asked the question: "Dinner with Thugger or $100,000?"

Gunna tweeted: "Think B4 u answer....I took the dinner."

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The 28-year-old rapper was influenced by Young Thug and Future Hendrix while growing up in College Park, Ga.

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Gunna (right), a childhood friend of Young Thug (left), signed a record deal with Thugger's independent YSL label, as well as 300 Entertainment and Atlantic Records.

Gunna could have taken $100,000 in cash, but he chose dinner with Thugger and he's still eating years later.

In December, a Boosie fan was ridiculed for turning down $20,000 for dinner with Boosie.

Boosie tweeted to his 1.1 million followers:

"I got a question for ya'll. Let's see who [is] smart!! Dinner with Boosie or 20 Thousand!?"

The fan slid into Boosie's DMS, writing: "F*ck 20k! What's for dinner I'm otw."

The fan later shared a photo of himself dining with Boosie.

Question: Would you turn down $100K for dinner with your favorite celebrity?

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Wendy Williams is showing signs of declining mental status, according to a report on Eurweb.com.

The former talk show Diva is reportedly showing symptoms of dementia and a loss of cognitive functioning that is interfering with her activities of daily life.

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A source close to Wendy's camp claims that the 57-year-old Jersey native is struggling to identify close friends and faces she's known for years.

"She doesn't always recognize people whom she's known for years. There are people who Wendy knows, who have worked closely with her, and there are days that she has no idea who they are."

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Another source says Wendy is no longer able to hold a conversation and she can't possibly return to her purple chair.

"She really can't do a video. She's been having a hard time holding a conversation."

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According to The Sun UK, her production company doesn't expect "The Wendy Williams Show" to be renewed after the current contract ends:

"Production is running out the clock with all these guest hosts. They're literally just waiting for the season to end, and after that, it's gone."

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There's a reason why Adele is the queen of breakup songs - she can't keep a man no matter how hard she tries.

Sources tell Page Six that the British pop star didn't cancel her Las Vegas residency because her crew tested positive for COVID.

They say Adele couldn't get through rehearsals because she was arguing on the phone with her cheating boyfriend, sports agent Rich Paul.

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Sources say Paul (right) spends most of his time with his boys or with rumored ladies of the night.

Adele was "shouting and sobbing" on the phone to Paul, her boyfriend of six months, during rehearsals, a source told Page Six.

"Adele's been crying and couldn't get through a single full rehearsal for the past month," said a source linked to the management team at Caesars Palace in Vegas.

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Adele was reportedly set to make over $1 million per show, earning her more money than any act in Vegas history.

But problems arose early on, as Adele expected Paul to show up for rehearsals and he didn't.

"She has barely rehearsed because she is constantly in the middle of an emotional shootout," the source told Page Six.

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Scott Roeben, a Las Vegas-based journalist for Casino.org, told Page Six that Vegas insiders are now worried that Adele will permanently cancel the concerts -- like she's done over in England.

"There are rumblings that there are stresses related to Adele's relationship. I'm told that these stresses caused her to be in a place where she was just not confident moving forward," he said. "You can't focus if you're not where you need to be in your head."

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Tiffany Haddish addressed her recent DUI arrest in Georgia during a guest appearance on Jimmy Fallon's The Tonight Show.

"I've been praying to God to send me a new man. A good man. And God went ahead and sent me four... in uniform," she told Fallon.

"And now I got a really great lawyer, and we're going to work it out. I've got to get my asking of things to God a little better!"

Fallon replied, "Yeah, you've got to be a little clearer!"

Police found the 42-year-old comedian actress asleep behind the wheel of a rental car in Peachtree City, Ga. on the morning of Jan. 14.

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Officers detected the odor of marijuana on Tiffany and she was arrested and posted bond a few hours later.

"Subsequent investigation led to Ms. Tiffany Haddish being arrested for Driving Under the Influence," police told PEOPLE. "She was transported to the Fayette County Jail without incident."

Tiffany later said she was in a dark place after the loss of her grandmother, and pet dog, as well as comedian Bob Saget and movie producer Carl Craig.

"[Saget] was like a big mentor to me, a big brother, a father figure. He meant a lot to me," Haddish said. "Funny man. He was the first white man to ever tell me, 'Just be yourself, just be who you are, Tiffany. Don't worry about nothing. Just be you.' That was huge for me."

"And then, my grandma passed away, and she saved my life," the comedian continued. "That's my heart. She was like my soulmate. So that's been... really hard to process, all this... Grief."

"I'm definitely making something out of it," she told Fallon.

"My next special is going to be about grief. And it's going to be hilarious," she said, adding that it would help her "figure out how to process it all. Kids get to cry whenever they want to, wherever they want to. As an adult you can't do that. You can't just cry at work like that, they send you home! I need my money!"