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Sherri Shepherd is preparing for the September 12 launch of her new daytime talk show to replace Wendy Williams.

Shepherd said she learned lessons from Williams, who kept her viewers on the edge of their seats with her witty commentary and Hot Topics.

However, Shepherd plans to create a "safe space" for celebrities on her show.

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Shepherd says her new talk show will be a combination of Oprah Winfrey and Ellen DeGeneres' former talk shows.

Shepherd told DailyMail.com she plans to keep the atmosphere friendly and light. She hopes to attract high caliber guests, including former First Lady Michelle Obama.

Shepherd said she also wouldn't mind "the guy that she is married to" coming on her show as well.

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Shepherd was named as Wendy Williams' replacement in February while substituting for Williams who was on medical hiatus.

Shepherd said she has not spoken to Williams and the two women are no longer friends.

Wendy Williams has asked her fans to boycott Shepherd's new show.
 

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Sherri Shepherd dropped the first trailer for her new daytime talk show, Sherri, which replaces "The Wendy Williams Show" time slot.

In the trailer, Sherri promises to take viewers "behind the scenes, on the road, in the studio, rehearsals, interviews and so much more."

The former "The View" co-host assured viewers that her show won't be Wendy Williams 2.0.

"This is my time. It is my lifelong dream to have my own show and it is finally happening," she said.

Debmar-Mercury, the production company behind "The Wendy Williams Show," also produces Sherri. The production company fired Wendy after she "stopped showing up to work" amid personal and health issues last summer.

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Sherri's show will be a "comedic take on pop culture and entertainment, celebrity interviews and real people," according to an insider.

The show is executive product by Sherri's bestie, Jawn Murray.

"I can't wait until I return to New York to host the show and merge everything I love... pop culture, talk, entertainment and comedy," Sherri said previously.

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Meanwhile, Wendy has given up hope of ever returning to her purple chair. She is currently shopping a podcast deal for $100 million.

A judge recently handed Wendy a victory in court against Wells Fargo bank. The court is giving Wendy and a court-appointed guardian access to her $3 million in funds.

While Wendy is happy to have access to her funds, she is not happy with any court-appointed guardian other than her son, Kevin Hunter Jr.

"Please be advised that Wendy is not in agreement with the appointment of a financial guardian by the court. Wendy has been very clear that she does not want a financial guardian to tell her what she can and cannot do with her money," her attorney La'Shawn Thomas told Page Six in a statement Friday.
 




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Wendy Williams has accepted her fate. According to The Sun, the former daytime TV host has given up her dream of returning to television.

Instead, she is shopping a $100 million podcast deal - and interest is heating up.

Multiple sources revealed to The Sun that Wendy, 57, is shopping a podcast deal that could net her a whopping $100 million.

One source tells The Sun that iHeart Radio and Spotify are interested in a deal with the former radio host.

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Wendy would be going back to her roots in radio if she lands a podcast deal similar to Joe Rogan's. Joe has a $100 million podcast deal with Spotify.

A source close to Wendy explained, "She sees Joe Rogan has a $100 million podcast deal, and now she wants that kind of money."

The source tells The Sun that Spotify is the likely home for Wendy's new podcast. But Spotify execs worry that Wendy may not show up for work.

The talk show guru took an extended hiatus from The Wendy Williams Show for health and personal reasons. Sherri Shepherd has her own talk show in Wendy's time slot. Sherri subbed for Wendy while she was gone.

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Sherri expressed concern for Wendy in an Instagram Live on Saturday, after Wendy said she would not watch her former friend's new talk show.

"I did hear Wendy say she will not watch me on the new show and that's okay," Sherri said. "You know, I understand I'm not mad at Wendy. She's going though a lot."

Sherri asked viewers to keep Wendy in their thoughts and prayers. "I would say that everyone should be praying for Wendy right now. I'm truly concerned for her because I don't feel like there's anybody over there protecting her."
 
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Maury Povich, 83, announced his retirement after 31 seasons, Deadline reports. The Maury Povich Show launched in 1991. The name was shortened to Maury in the 1990s.

Povich is best known for providing free paternity tests to guests, before dramatically advising them, "You Are (or Are Not) the Father!"

"Six years ago when I was ready to retire, my NBCUniversal family asked me to continue the show," Povich tells Deadline.

"Even though I told them I was ready for assisted living, out of loyalty to NBCUniversal and my more than 100 staff and crew members, Tracie Wilson and I agreed to one more deal. I'm so proud of my relationship with NBCUniversal and all those who worked on the Maury show but as I occasionally tell my guests on Maury, 'Enough, already!'"

Tracie Wilson, EVP, NBCUniversal Syndication Studios, added, "Maury and I decided two years ago that this season would be the farewell season for the show, and while his retirement is bittersweet, we are so happy for him to be able to spend more time on the golf course. Maury is a television icon, a pop culture legend and we couldn't be more proud to have been a part of his incredible career."

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Wendy Williams is considering suing her producers for terminating her while she was on sick leave.

This week Debmar-Mercury confirmed that The Wendy Williams Show will come to an end in June. The show's time slot will be filled by Wendy's former friend, comedienne/actress Sherri Shepherd.

Shepherd's show, titled "Sherri," will be co-executive produced by her good friend, veteran journalist Jawn Murray.

Insiders claim Wendy is considering legal action because she feels betrayed by her producers and Shepherd.

Via Radar Online:

"Wendy is on sick leave and has basically been fired. This isn't right and Wendy isn't going to take this. She is considering legal action again her producers and is also deciding on what to do about Sherri Shepherd. Sherri was supposed to be a friend filling in for Wendy while she was sick, but instead, Sherri stabbed Wendy in the back. If anyone thinks Wendy is going to disappear without a fight they are a fool. You can't just fire someone after a decade because they're sick."

It isn't clear if Wendy is also suing Jawn Murray, since he is one of Sherri's executive producers.

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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The Wendy Williams Show is forced to pay people to sit in the studio audience during her extended absence due to Covid-19 complications.

The show's producer is offering $75 cash to non-union, vaccinated people to sit in the studio audience next week when guest host Whitney Cummings fills in for Wendy, according to an email blast seen by Page Six.

The call for seat fillers states: "$75 CASH incentive, given same day (3 hrs)."

The desperate action was necessary because producers are having trouble filling studio seats during Wendy's absence.

Not only that, but producers can't seem to convince bold name celebrities to host the popular daytime talk show.

A handful of stars have declined to host the show, according to sources.

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Wendy, who is fully vaccinated, has taken an extended leave from her hosting duties while she battles complications from Covid-19. She was hospitalized last month after having difficulty breathing.

Wendy, 57, is expected to be off the air through at least early November, according to Page Six.

There was also rumors that the show may be canceled.

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The September 20th season premiere of the Wendy Williams Show may be canceled due to Wendy Williams' current health scare.

The 57-year-old talk show host looked frail and weak when she returned home from a hospital stay wearing a bathrobe and blue socks on Friday, Sept. 11.

She was assisted into her Manhattan high-rise building, followed by a man pushing a wheelchair.

Wendy's concerned son, Kevin Hunter, Jr., followed close behind his ailing mom.

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According to Page Six, Wendy's production staff returned to the office last week. But Wendy has not been seen in the studio since going on hiatus.

There are rumors that she won't be well enough to return to her purple chair on Sept. 20.

"People are tight-lipped about it, but there are whispers that she won't be there," one Wendy source told Page Six.
 
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A statement posted to her Instagram account on Thursday noted Wendy canceled all of her promotional appearances for the show this week.

"Wendy is dealing with some ongoing health issues and is undergoing further evaluations.

"She will not be able to complete her promotional activities next week, but can't wait to be back in her purple chair on Monday, September 20th for the 13th season premiere."

Wendy has been candid about her ongoing issues with Graves' disease and other unreported illnesses.

In 2018, Wendy took an extended break from her show due to issues with hyperthyroidism. Wendy's celebrity pals, including Nick Cannon, substituted for her as host.

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Tiffany Haddish is poised to take over Ellen DeGeneres's spot when her daytime TV talk show ends in 2022 after 19 seasons.

The "Girls Trip" star, 40, has frequently filled in for Ellen, 63, who was criticized by former staffers for being mean.

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A senior NBCUniversal source told Page Six: "Tiffany is a favorite, she has humor and empathy in spades.

"She's top of the list to get a daytime show – she's a fresh voice."

Apart from her guest hosting gigs, Haddish hosts CBS's "Kids Say The Darndest Things."

She also currently stars opposite Billy Crystal in the new movie, "Here Today."

Former American Idol winner Kelly Clarkson is also favored to take over Ellen's 3 pm TV time slot. Kelly's own talk show airs in most markets after DeGeneres.

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The Internet is buzzing about Joseline Hernandez grilling Wendy Williams for overlooking the many accomplishments of Latina women.

Joseline was the celebrity guest on Wendy's episode which aired on Wednesday, April 28.

"I'm an accomplished woman," said Joseline, "and I feel like every time I come on your show, you don't give me those flowers now... You're 35 years my senior. I should get those flowers by you. I should feel wanted by people like you."

Wendy was annoyed by Joseline's line about her being 35 years older.

"Ouch. Shame!," said Wendy, who added that, as a woman, she feels undervalued at the end of the day.

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Joseline also touched on Wendy's scandalous divorce from Kevin Hunter that nearly derailed her career.

"You have to do better. You're not even in an abusive relationship anymore. You don't deal with that man anymore. You should be in a better place. And when people come on your show -- especially Black culture -- you should be nicer to us, the ladies, you should respect us, you should give us our flowers while we're here, and you should tell us how proud you are of what we've done in the streets."

Wendy repeatedly distracted Joseline from her speech by asking to see her shoes. "Well I'm not proud of all [women]," said Wendy. "And what I've been through makes me even harder on young women. Like you can do better. Now can we get back to the show at hand? Let me see your shoes."

Watch the explosive exchange below.
 

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Sharon Osbourne was paid up to $10 million to walk away from CBS talk show "The Talk" after her on-set blow up with a co-star.

The 68-year-old Brit clashed with her American co-host Sheryl Underwood during the March 10 episode, when she defended her friend Piers Morgan against allegations of racism following his comments about Meghan Markle, Duchess of Sussex.

This prompted the network to pause production of the show while they launched an investigation.

The show has been off air for almost two weeks due to the controversy. Last week, CBS announced that Sharon Osbourne would not return to the show as her actions "did not align with our values for a respectful workplace".

An insider told the New York Post's gossip column Page Six that Osbourne took a substantial payout to walk away and not look back.

"Sharon is walking away with a $5 to $10 million minimum payout," a source said, with another source adding that the outspoken TV personality will "talk when she is ready. She still wants to give her side of the story. She has been on that show for 11 years and knows all the secrets".

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The short list of names to replace Osbourne includes actress Holly Robinson-Peete (pictured left), who accused Osbourne of calling her "too ghetto" to be part of the cast.

CBS confirmed The Talk will remain on hiatus for another two weeks before returning with Osbourne's replacement on 12 April.

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The future of Ellen DeGeneres's once popular daytime talk show is in doubt.

DeGeneres, right, Is struggling to hold on to her hosting duties amid troubling accusations of racism and creating a toxic workplace.

With just one year left on her contract, the 62-year-old multimillionaire is said to be facing forced retirement.

According to Page Six, Ellen's TV ratings have collapsed 8 percent lower than last year.

Meanwhile, The Kelly Clarkson Show -- which comes on after Ellen's Show -- could take over Ellen's 3 p.m. spot if she is canceled.

Kelly's TV ratings matched Ellen's ratings high for the first time in 2019.

According to Page Six, NBC chiefs wooed Kelly, 38, before she launched her show in 2019.

The Kelly Clarkson Show became the most-watched new daytime talk show in seven years, winning three Daytime Emmy Awards last year.

Ellen has reportedly pleaded with her Black celebrity friends to help save her job.

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Wendy Williams was spotted arriving at the studio with her team earlier this week. The 56-year-old talk show host showed off her dramatic 25 lb weight loss during quarantine.

She looked healthy as she exited her chauffeured SUV. Wendy previously struggled to walk due to a condition called lymphedema which causes a buildup of fluid in the tissue resulting in swelling in her legs and feet.

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But Wendy seemed to be getting around without trouble. She wore denim shorts, an LV letterman style jacket, high top sneakers and a Dior top.

Wendy discussed her condition in a recent episode of her talk show.

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"I have lymphedema and it doesn't go away," she explained, as the camera zoomed in on her pink sneakers. "How dare you, how dare you, how dare you make fun of me and the way I walk and the whole bit," she said, apparently addressing hateful comments made by her former friend, NeNe Leakes.

"What will you get if you live long enough? Everybody gets something," Wendy laughed. "If I don't laugh, I'll cry. Damn you feet, damn you feet, damn you feet!"
 

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Former singer-turned-reality TV star Tameka "Tiny" Harris has relaunched her talk show, The Mix.

The talk show is described as a "high energy, live millennial/Gen Z, mixed gender
talk show, where no topic is off limits.

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The show will relaunch on Tuesday, October 6, at 7pm PT / 10pm ET on Fox Soul and will air each subsequent Tuesday night.

Produced by industry powerhouse Tameka 'Tiny' Harris, and hosted by daughter Zonnique, Romeo Miller, Anton Peeples (Mr. Mom), newcomer Jamie DuBose, and Jazz Anderson (TV personality & rapper), with four-time Emmy-nominated producer, Jill King (Rachael Ray, The Real, Steve Harvey, Red Table Talk) as Executive Producer and Showrunner. It's must watch TV.

Topics on The Mix range from Black Lives Matter, current affairs, dating apps, viral trends, to breaking news for the culture, and husband T.I.'s latest brush with the law.

Featured A-list guests include Snoop Dogg, T.I., Lil' Yachty, Kandi Burruss and Sukihana, just to name a few.

Anyone can view The Mix on Fox Soul, which is available via iOS, Android, Apple TV, FireTV, YouTube/FoxSoul, Samsung Plus, Fox Now, Roku, Tubi, Xumo, CaffeineTV or on the web at foxsoul.tv.
 

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The hammer dropped on repeats of Ellen DeGeneres's daytime talk show in Australia.

A Channel Nine spox told Daily Mail Australia the channel will no longer air repeats of the talk show as of Monday, amid reports of racism and sexual harassment on Ellen's set in the U.S.

"We are resting Ellen repeats on Nine and have replaced with Desperate Housewives," the spokesman said.

The Ellen DeGeneres Show has been in repeats in the U.S. since Buzzfeed News broke the story earlier this year.

The news comes after Ellen made a tearful appearance during a Zoom video conferencing call with her staff on Aug. 17.
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Staffers were reportedly "upbeat" after they learned three executive producers were fired. But two other troublesome producers -- close friends of Ellen's - were not let go.

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The 62-year-old talk show host was seen leaving lunch with a friend in Santa Barbara on Saturday.

Warner Bros. is currently investigating numerous complaints of the "toxic" environment on the Ellen set.

Former employees complained that Ellen contributed to the toxic environment by ordering staffers not to make eye contact with her.

According to sources, execs asked Ellen to make a graceful exit, as the show cannot be salvaged with her at the helm.

A search is currently underway for her replacement. James Corden and Kevin Hart are reportedly being considered for the TV gig.