WENDY Williams is “stressed out and not ready” to take on the demands of her high energy show following her hospitalization for psychiatric issues just weeks ago, according to sources.
Several sources told The Sun that the popular daytime host, who appeared wheelchair-bound and bruised in sightings last week, is stressed out ahead of her show’s delayed season premiere on Monday.
A source close to Wendy and her family revealed: “She’s stressed and she’s lonely. Wendy has enough money, she’s single. She needs to go get clean & enjoy her life."
"She shouldn't be filming yet- it's way too soon," the insider added.
A second source close to the host said: “She’s got problems and unfortunately people bottom out.
“When I saw that she was hospitalized, I felt bad. I hope that she will get to a better place, and I'm sure that when the ambulance came – that she went to get the help she needs.”
Meanwhile, The Wendy Williams Show Instagram page posted its season premiere trailer Tuesday on what would have been the first day of season 13.
In the short clip the host is wearing a purple dress and hopping into her famous purple chair.
Recently, in exclusive photos obtained by The Sun, a wheelchair-bound Wendy looked frail with badly bruised legs during an outing where she was assisted by a young man pushing her wheelchair.
The 57-year-old talk show host was lifted out of her wheelchair to be placed into the back seat of a waiting SUV.
The Wendy William’s Show’s season premiere is less than a week away.
CONCERNS FOR WENDY
The Sun was the first to report that the TV star had been "struggling with addiction" leading up to her hospitalization for psychiatric issues.
Her psychiatric hospitalization was the same day her show's Instagram account put out a statement about her Covid diagnosis.
“Wendy was drinking every day, even while filming the show," an insider revealed to The Sun.
The source added that staffers have said they would smell the liquor on her.
Despite her recent struggles, a source revealed the show is expected to return for the pushed back premiere date: “The staff is moving forward, anticipating Wendy's return on October 4th.”
The source close to production added staff is “so used to her drama they are not that worried” and “they believe she will be back.”
Meanwhile a source told Page Six: “Wendy is on the mend, and doing well. There was a meeting this week, and [execs] assured staff the show will return on Oct. 4., and Wendy is ready to get back to work."
WENDY'S HEALTH SCARE
Wendy was transported to a local New York City hospital on September 15th after police received a 911 call from her building at 8am about a "57-year-old female in need of psychiatric services."
An ambulance arrived on scene and transported a woman matching the host's description to a nearby hospital for evaluation.
The daytime diva opened up to her audience in April of 2019 that she was struggling with her addictions on the heels of filing for divorce from Kevin Hunter, 49, after it was revealed that he had a baby with his mistress Sharina Hudson, 35.
At the time, Wendy confessed that she had been living in a sober house.
She told her audience: “I’m moving out of the sober house in just a few days, you know. It’ll be Wendy on her own.
“I have to tell you, you know, I’ve been dealing with issues with addiction, alcoholism, and I have a whole new life that I planned for myself and my son."
SHOW PREMIERE POSTPONEMENT
A statement on Wendy's show's Instagram on September 15th stated: “While continuing her health evaluations, Wendy has tested positive for a breakthrough case of COVID-19.
“To allow Wendy time to quarantine and fully recover and to ensure that our production abides by all SAG/AFTRA and DGA Covid protocols, we expect to begin the 13th season of The Wendy Williams Show on Monday, October 4th.
“In the meantime, repeats will be scheduled.”
And days before that, on September 9th, the show announced that the host was taking a step back from promotional events amid "ongoing health issues and further evaluations."
That statement read: "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."
Fans became concerned about Wendy's health in 2017, when she fainted during a live taping of her show on Halloween.
At the time, Wendy blamed the scary incident on feeling overheated and suffering from low electrolytes.
But in February 2018, she announced that she had Graves' disease, and had been living with it for years.
The next month, Wendy showed viewers a close-up of her severely swollen ankles while sharing that she suffers from Lymphedema.
The famous star admitted she can't even walk two blocks because of the disease.
Amid her health issues, Wendy struggled with her sobriety in 2019 following an ugly split from her ex-husband.
Wendy, who has been open about her struggles with alcohol and substance abuse in the past, sought treatment during this difficult period – she reportedly checked into rehab in Florida.
Wendy would eventually file for divorce; however the pressures of their split were further amplified when their son, Kevin Jr, got into an alleged altercation with his father in a parking lot in New Jersey.
The 21-year-old was subsequently arrested for simple assault – a charge that would ultimately be dismissed.
Wendy later claimed she knew Kevin had a "side girl" for almost 15 years of their nearly 22-year marriage.
Wendy returned to New York from her rehab stint and moved into a sober house in early 2019.
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