It’s Wendy Joan Williams (born July 18, 1964). She is an American broadcaster, entrepreneur and author. The Wendy Williams Show, a nationally syndicated talk show, has been airing since 2008.
After working as a DJ and presenter on the radio in New York City, Williams became known as a “shock jokette.” Her on-air squabbles with celebrities helped her rise to notoriety, and she was the focus of the 2006 VH1 reality television series The Wendy Williams Experience, which documented the events surrounding her radio program.
With a net worth of $20 million, Wendy Williams is a multifaceted American media personality and television broadcaster. Since 2008, she has hosted the nationally syndicated talk program. “The Wendy Williams Show,” which has become a household name.
There are a number of other projects that Williams has worked on in addition to writing, starring in films and television series and travelling with her stand-up comedy performance. The National Radio Hall of Fame inducted Williams in 2009. On her 50th birthday, Asbury Park, New Jersey’s Wendy Williams Way was renamed Wendy Williams Way.
Amount Paid to Wendy Williams Per Episode
The Wendy Williams Show pays Wendy $10 million a year in compensation. She’s been known to tape 180 episodes in a year. That works up to a $55,000 pay every episode.
Life at the Beginning
Wendy Williams was born in Asbury Park, New Jersey, on July 18, 1964. To Shirley and Thomas Williams, she is the second of three children. When Wendy was five, the family relocated to Ocean Township, NJ. She graduated from Ocean Township High School, and attended Northeastern University from 1982 to 1986. She graduated from Northeastern with a Bachelor’s of Science degree in communications, and was a DJ for the student radio station WRBB.
In the Virgin Islands, she worked for WVIS as her first professional on-air position. At WRKS in New York City, she was hired as a replacement DJ. Williams was hired by WOL, a Washington, D.C.-based station, a year later to host the afternoon show. Wendy quickly rose to the status of one of the station’s most popular full-time DJs, anchoring the station’s most crucial drive-time shift. While at Hot 97 from 1994 to 1998, Wendy became a permanent fixture of the New York City music scene. WUSL, a Philadelphia radio station, rehired her after firing her in 1998. Wendy found her stride at this particular station. While in Philadelphia, she met her future husband and agent, Kevin Hunter.
It didn’t take long for her program to become nationally syndicated. Due to her candor and transparency in talking about her own experiences with miscarriages, a past of substance abuse and her decision to have breast augmentation surgery, she became more popular and helped the station go up from 14th to 2nd in the ratings. A full-time syndicated 4-hour time slot on WBLS welcomed her back to NYC in 2001. Among Wendy’s most memorable interviews was her crazy one with Whitney Houston, which propelled her to prominence. It was in 2009 when Wendy stepped down from her radio program to concentrate on her career in television. The National Radio Hall of Fame had already recognized her work at this point.
Windy Williams Presents
For her role as host of “The Wendy Williams Show” on syndicated television, Wendy has become a household name.
Debmar-Mercury offered Williams a six-week tryout of her own talk program in 2008. Following a successful premiere in July 2008, Fox inked an agreement with Debmar-Mercury to carry “The Wendy Williams Show” nationwide. In 2010, BET International started showing the program in 54 countries across the world through BET International, which acquired the cable rights to broadcast the show at night. On average, her program attracts 2.4 million views each day. Ten seasons and more than 1,500 episodes later, it’s still going strong. November 2015 sweeps saw the chat program take the top spot in the 25-54 age bracket in the United States.
Williams had to take an unusual amount of time off in February 2019 because of problems related to Graves’ illness. After Wendy’s return on March 4, 2019, Nick Cannon and other guest hosts stood in for her. As of April 2020, the Wendy Williams Show is on its 12th season. Wendy: The Wendy Williams Show has been nominated for two Daytime Emmy Awards for Outstanding Entertainment Talk Show Host in 2015 and 2016. People’s Choice Awards nominated her for Favorite Daytime TV Host in 2016.
Career as an Actor
Williams has been on television, in films, on stage, and even as a stand-up comic. Aside from Martin, she’s been on One Life to Live, Dancing with the Stars, and other programs as well. The movie Act Like a Lady, Think Like a Man and its two sequels also featured Wendy.
In 2014, Williams embarked on a stand-up comedy tour throughout the United States. The Wendy Williams Sit Down Tour: Too Real for Standup was begun in 2015.
Wendy Williams Productions was founded by Williams and her husband Kevin in 2013. She’s been on a slew of other series, including “Drop Dead Diva” (2011) as a judge and “Dancing with the Stars” (2012) as a dancer. As a Broadway star, she appeared in the production “Chicago” for seven weeks in 2013. “Death by Gossip with Wendy Williams” (which she also hosted), Lifetime’s biography of Aaliyah, “Aaliyah: The Princess of R&B” (2014), and GSN game show “Love Triangle” were all produced by Williams (2011).
It Includes Books and Other Endeavors
Wendy has published the books Wendy’s Got the Heat, The Wendy Williams Experience, Ask Wendy: Straight-Up Advice for All the Drama in Your Life, Drama Is Her Middle Name, Is the Bitch Dead, Or What?, Hold Me in Contempt: A Romance is the story of Ritz Harper’s journey to Hollywood. Wendy is mainly recognized for her popular catch phrase “How you doin?”.
March 28, 2015 saw the release of a new clothing collection by Williams, which included dresses, slacks, sweaters, and skirts. Her clothing line is offered only at HSN, and Williams reminded viewers that according to HSN, it was the network’s most-watched launch ever. “Adorn by Wendy Williams” is the name of Williams’ jewelry line that is sold on QVC.
Relationship Problems and Divorce
As a result of hyperthyroidism and Graves’ disease, Williams has spoken openly about her condition. First marriage ended in divorce after 5 months and a year and a half of divorce processes, while Wendy has been married again.
On November 30th, 1997, she exchanged vows with Kevin Hunter and the rest is history. In 2000, they had a son, Kevin Jr. Kevin was eventually promoted to manager of Wendy’s. Kevin Hunter has been accused of cheating on Wendy many times. He was also said to be a dominating and abusive person at times, according to reports.
Rumors circulated in 2019 that Kevin had a child with a mistress. During this time period, Wendy spoke out about her prior cocaine addiction on her talk program. After 22 years of marriage, Wendy filed for divorce from Kevin in April 2019. As a result of these discrepancies, the petition requested that a child support order be issued, as well as a property division order. When Wendy and Kevin first moved into their Livingston, New Jersey house, they paid $2.1 million for the 6000-square-foot mansion that now serves as their main abode. Wendy fetched $1.475 million for it when she marketed it in August of 2020.
We learned on April 24 that Wendy was taking steps to cut Kevin out of her business and personal lives. In order to safeguard her money, she allegedly sacked him from the program and recruited a group of financial experts. A new manager has been brought in to replace the old one.