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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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Wendy Williams entertained a pair of fans who began recording when they spotted her in a limo in NYC recently.

In the video, Wendy shows off her stunning diamond ring.

She seemed to misunderstand when a fan asked her to say something for the camera.

She responded, "Ah, he's out... getting stuff. I'm waiting for him to come back."

It isn't clear who she was referring to.

Wendy, 58, has opened up about her battle with Graves' disease in the past. Graves' disease is an autoimmune disorder that causes the immune system to attack the thyroid gland located at the front of the neck.

The disease can cause swelling around the eyes, causing the eyeballs to protrude.

Wendy was on hiatus from her daytime talk show when her production company replaced her with Sherri Shepherd, who said she was "truly concerned" for Wendy.

Shepherd paid tribute to Wendy in an emotional final episode of The Wendy Williams Show in June. "You are loved by so many," she said.

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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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Wendy Williams has an "open invitation" to join her pals on ABC's daytime talk show "The View."

Wendy spoke by phone with T.J. Holmes on Good Morning America Thursday. She insisted her health is "very well."

"You know I'm 57 now and I have the mind and body of a twenty five year old," she joked.

Wendy struggles with ongoing medical issues due to Grave's disease, mental health problems and COVID-19.

The mom-of-one said she has "private things" to take care of before she returns to the purple chair.

"Give me about three months. There are private things that I have to deal with," she told T.J.
 

Sherri Shepherd's daytime talk show, Sherri, is scheduled to replace Wendy's canceled show.

Executives at ABC Television hope to lure Wendy to The View for her first sit-down interview or a permanent seat at the table.

"There is an offer for her to appear on the show whenever she wants. The open invitation has made it very clear that when Wendy wants to give her first TV interview since losing her own show, there will always be a seat at the table for her," an insider said.

"Producers know how much people want to hear from Wendy," added a second source, according to Radar Online.

Tamron Hall sent a message of hope to Wendy on the March 17 edition of "Tamron Hall."

"Wendy is another mom. Another woman who created, executive produced and hosted her show. Wendy and I are currently the only two Black women who created, executive produce and solo host daytime shows on right now," Tamron said.

"And so when I saw her interview with T.J. [Holmes], it took my breath away because there's been a lot of stories out there. So it was powerful to hear Wendy in her own words talk about her health, which has been speculated in so many places. But at the end of the day we are moms, we are women who are working, and she did something that so many others could not, which is stay on more than a decade of that show, and Wendy says that she needs about three months and she feels she will be back on TV. And I know all of her co-hosts are fans, like the Tam Fam would root for me, are rooting for her."

 

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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.

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Wendy Williams responded on social media after her spokesman, Howard Bragman, released a statement on her behalf on Tuesday.

Bragman said Wendy was "grateful" after producers of The Wendy Williams Show confirmed the show's cancellation and announced her time slot would be filled by Sherri Shepherd's new show, Sherri.

Bragman claimed that Wendy "understands" the business decision and expressed her "gratitude" to Shepherd.

"It's been a challenging time for Wendy as she deals with her health issues. She is incredibly grateful to Debmar-Mercury, to Sherri and everybody else who has supported the show through this time," Bragman said in a statement.

He added that production company Debmar-Mercury would welcome Wendy back with open arms if her health issues resolved and she expressed a desire to return.

"She understands why this decision was made from a business point of view, and she has been assured by Debmar-Mercury that should her health get to a point where she can host again and should her desire be that she hosts again that she would be back on TV at that time."

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However, Wendy issued a statement of her own on her newly launched Instagram page, informing Bragman that he was not "authorized" to release any statements on her behalf.

"Mr. Bragman although I appreciate your concerns and respect you immensely I have not authorized you to make any statements on my behalf regarding my current status with Debmar Mercury. Again thanks for your continuing concern and support."

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In his written response to PEOPLE, Bragman seemed blindsided by Wendy's statement. He suggested someone else may have posted the statement on Wendy's Instagram Story.

He wrote:

"I'm not honestly convinced of the source of that social media post, so when my old friend Wendy FaceTimes me personally and we alone have a chance to discuss recent events, together we can figure out the best path forward."

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The end of an era: "The Wendy Williams Show" will officially come to an end in June due to host Wendy Williams' prolonged health-related issues.

The cancellation was announced by the show's producer and distributor Debmar-Mercury on Tuesday.

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"Since Wendy is still not available to host the show as she continues on her road to recovery, we believe it is best for our fans, stations and advertising partners to start making this transition now," company co-presidents Mort Marcus and Ira Bernstein said in a statement.

"We hope to be able to work with Wendy again in the future, and continue to wish her a speedy and full recovery," Marcus and Bernstein said. They also expressed their "great love and affinity for Wendy".

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Wendy's show will be replaced in the fall with a new daytime talk show hosted by comedienne/actress Sherri Shepherd. The new show, titled "Sherri", will also be produced by Debmar-Mercury.

The Sherri show will take over the Fox Network time slot held by The Wendy Williams Show since 2008.

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News of the cancellation was first reported by lovebscott.com on Sunday, Feb. 20 — days after Wendy uploaded a video to her newly launched Instagram page.

In the video, Wendy appeared to be lucid, alert and oriented. Despite reports that she was "incapacitated," Wendy appeared to be of sound mind and body. But business is business, and Wendy had been out of work since last July.
 
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According to Scott, Wendy created the new IG account because the @WendyShow Instagram account was no longer under her control.

As lovebscott.com previously reported, Wendy Show execs have been trying to end her show and find a suitable replacement for several years now — but to no avail.

Our production sources tell us that Wendy has been 'checked out' for quite some time and had become increasingly difficult to work with prior to her medical leave.

"[Wendy] had become somewhat unbearable, having tantrums and throwing things at people. Basically, the consensus among the crew is that she didn't wanna be there anymore. Her illnesses may have exacerbated that feeling."

Despite Wendy's numerous absences, Debmar-Mercury renewed her show last year after their planned replacement, 'The Jerry O'Connell Show,' fell through due to awful ratings.

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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Sherri Shepherd surprised Wendy Show viewers on Tuesday after emergency surgery for appendicitis.

The actress/comedian updated her fans on Monday. She said the surgery to remove her appendix prevented her from hosting The Wendy Williams Show on Monday. Sherri was scheduled to host the show from Monday through Friday this week.

Wendy Williams, who is on extended medical leave, is not expected to return this year.

Sherri is a fan favorite out of all the guest hosts on Wendy's show. She was replaced by Michael Rapaport on Monday.

A rep shared a statement from to PEOPLE, apologizing for Sherri missing Monday's show: "She is absolutely devastated that she will not be able to guest host The Wendy Williams Show today, but she is following doctors orders and expected to make a full recovery. Thank you all for understanding and respecting her privacy."

In a post on Instagram, Sherri shared a photo of the dress she would've worn to host Monday's episode.

"With some alterations this would've been my opening day dress (@tagsboutique) for @wendyshow but my stomach is swollen from the surgeons removing my appendix," she wrote.

"I tried it on and swore I heard the dress scream 'Bisssshhhh what do you think you're doing!' " Sherri joked. "@4kwame my stylist is frantically shopping for loose & flowing dresses right now! Saints... pray for me! Can't wait for see you!"

But in an update on Tuesday, the Wendy Show Instagram account shared a clip of Sherri hosting Tuesday's show.

"Show your love for @SherriShepherd!!!" the caption read.

The audience cheered ecstatically as Sherri danced during her introduction. "Thank you! I'm so excited to be here," Sherri said.
 

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Sherri Shepherd wasn't asked to return to "Friends" after she joked about the cast's lack of diversity (read: Black people).

According to Sherri's best friend, blogger Jawn Murray, Sherri, 53, got herself blacklisted when she sent a postcard to the show's co-creator which wasn't well-received.

The former "The View" co-host sent a postcard to the show's co-creator Marta Kauffman with a joke about the show's lack of diversity.

"Sherri was one of the few black faces that was on 'Friends,'" Murray told ABC News' Linsey Davis.

"Her, Aisha Tyler and Gabrielle Union. And Sherri was on 'Friends' at a time that you sent out postcards to let people know, 'Hey, I'm going to be on TV.'"

The postcard, which Sherri sent to her friends, contained a photo of Sherri with the message, "'Friends' get a little color."

"Well, [Sherri] also sent that postcard to Marta, and she got the postcard and [Sherri] was never asked back on the show," said Murray.

Page Six reached out to Kauffman for a reaction to Murray's comments, but she didn't respond.

She did admit to not doing enough to champion diversity on the show at the virtual ATX Television Festival earlier this month.

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Sherri Shepherd has been in quarantine at home with her 14-year-old son Jeffrey Charles during the coronavirus outbreak. The single mother reached her breaking point when she learned his school will not reopen until May.

Sherri, 52, took to Instagram to vent her frustration over being at home all day with her developmentally delayed son.

"I'm sorry, I just, I just found out that the Los Angeles Unified School District is pushing school back to May 1st," she said tearfully.

"Jeffrey is going to be here for the rest of March, and he's going to be doing online schooling for all of April. He's going to be doing online schooling for all of May. We're gonna be together 24/7 until the 1st of May."

She turned to Jeffrey and said, "Jeffrey, you're gonna be here until the 1st of May with me...

When Jeffrey assured her that she'll be fine, she said, "Okay, I'll be fine? Are you sure?"

She added: "I gotta cook breakfast, lunch and dinner for you for the next two months."

Through her tears Sherri offered a public service announcement for her followers: "Wash your hands."

Sherri isn't the only working mom who is losing her religion after being stuck at home with her kid during the coronavirus lockdown.

Hospitals in California and New York are reporting a spike in child abuse cases that they believe is linked to stress from parents being forced to stay cooped up with their children.
 


 

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