Wendy Williams

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Wendy Williams is a television host, actress, author, fashion designer, and former radio personality from the United States. Moreover, Wendy Williams is best recognized for hosting the nationally syndicated talk show on television called ‘The Wendy Williams Show,’ since 2008.

Early Life

Wendy Williams was born on the 18th of July 1964, in Asbury Park, New Jersey, the United States of America. According to her birth date, she is 58 years old and has American nationality. She has a birth sign of Cancer and believes in Baptism by religion. Her birth name is Wendy Joan Williams and she belongs to the African-American ethnicity.

She is the daughter of Thomas Williams (father) and Shirley Williams (mother). Further, she grew up with her two siblings; Wanda Williams and Thomas Williams Jr. She spent much of her childhood in Ocean Township’s Wayside neighborhood.

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Caption: Wendy Williams’s childhood photo with her parents and siblings (Source:
The New York Times)

Education

Regarding her academic qualification, she attended Ocean Township High School and graduated from there. She studied at Northeastern University in Boston, Massachusetts, from 1982 to 1986. In addition, she earned a B.A. in communication.

Wendy Williams – Net Worth 2023

Being a television personality, actress, author, and singer, she has collected a huge sum of money in her career. As of 2022, this television host’s net worth is estimated at around $20 million. She also makes a good living, earning $8,000,000 per season.

Professional Career

After completing her graduation, Wendy Williams began her career joining the WVIS in the United States Virgin Islands. After a year, she was hired by Washington DC-based station WOL to work the overnight weekend shift at WQHT.

She was then recruited by WUSL, a Philadelphia urban station, where she helped the station rise from 14th to second place in the ratings.  Debmar-Mercury offered her to join in a six-week television tryout of her talk show in 2008.  On July 14, 2008, she started a six-week broadcast tryout of her talk program, The Wendy Williams Show.

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Caption: Wendy Williams in her talk show ‘The Wendy Williams Show, (Source: The Hollywood Reporter)

Beginning in July 2009, Fox secured a deal with Debmar-Mercury to carry the show nationally on their stations. BET acquired the cable rights to air the show at night in 2010. In 2012, Williams posed for PETA’s “I’d Rather Go Naked Than Wear Fur” advertisement campaign.

She had not missed an episode of “The Wendy Williams Show” until February 2018, when she took one week off; however, on February 21, 2018, she stated that her show will go on sabbatical for three weeks due to Graves’ disease and hyperthyroidism complications.

Movies, television, and series appearances

Moreover, Williams has also appeared on Martin, One Life to Live, Drop Dead Diva, The Face, Aaliyah: The Princess of R&B, Death By Gossip with Wendy Williams, Drop Dead Diva, and many other television shows. This woman has also appeared in films such as Think Like a Man, The Cookout, and Mike and Dave Need Wedding Dates.

Williams appeared as “Lips” in The Masked Singer’s fourth season in 2020, and because the costume was so heavy, she spent most of the performance sitting down. She was the first member of Group C to be eliminated and unmasked after her first appearance.

Moreover, she sang the Odyssey song “Native New Yorker” She also featured in the reality television series The Real Housewives of Atlanta the same year.  In addition, she also signed a deal with the Lifetime network for a documentary, Wendy Williams: What a Mess!, and a biographical film, Wendy Williams: The Movie, both based on her life.

Businesswoman and Endorsements

Besides hosting, acting, and singing, she is a businesswoman. Williams collaborated with the Home Shopping Network to produce a collection of dresses, pants, sweaters, and skirts for the everyday woman.

Moreover, this woman also has a jewelry brand called ‘Adorn by Wendy Williams’ that she sells on the home shopping network QVC. She was a spokesperson for a hip-hop apparel business while working for WRKS. Moreover, she became a spokesperson for George Veselles champagne and Alizé liqueurs in 2006.

Awards

In 1993, she earned the Billboard Radio Award for R&B Major Market Radio Air Personality of the Year. Likewise, she was inducted into the 2009 National Radio Hall of Fame. Moreover, she was included in the 2019 Hollywood Walk of Fame.

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Caption: Wendy Williams included the Hollywood Walk of Fame (Source: The Hollywood Reporter)

She earned four Radio & Records Industry Achievement Awards in 1999, 2000, 2006, and 2007. in addition, she has been nominated for Daytime Emmy Awards (6 times), NAACP Image Awards (3 times), and People’s Choice Awards (3 times).

Relationship Status

Talking about her relationship status Wendy Williams is currently single. However, Williams has been married twice in her life. Firstly, she was married for one year to Bertrand “Bert” Girigorie. The marriage lasted from 1994 to 1995. She eventually married Kevin Hunter. After meeting in 1995, the pair dated for four years. and married on November 30, 1997. The couple has a son named  Kevin Hunter Jr.

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Caption: Wendy Williams with her son, Kevin Hunter Jr. (Source: Yahoo News)

Williams filed for divorce in April 2019 due to “irreconcilable differences.” Even though their divorce was finalized in January 2020, she uses the surname Hunter officially.  She previously had a short relationship with Erick Sermon.

Body Measurements

Williams stands 5 feet 10 inches tall and weighs around 79 kg. Moreover, she has blonde hair with brown eyes, and her body measurement is 41-30-40 inches. She wears a shoe size of 11 US and a dress size of 12 US.

Wendy Williams – Social Media

On her Instagram page, there are more than 115k followers. However, she is not active on other social media sites like Facebook, Twitter, TikTok, and so on.