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Wendy Williams', "Where Is Wendy Williams?" Docuseries

by Venus Sanders

Lifetime's latest docuseries, "Where Is Wendy Williams?" has unveiled the first public appearance of the renowned talk show host in over a year.

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The revealing trailer showcases Williams grappling with personal and financial challenges, sparking concern from her family and shedding light on her ongoing struggles. The clip portrays Williams' family expressing worries about her financial guardianship and alleged exploitation by her team. In poignant moments, Williams herself appears confused and distressed, revealing her dire financial situation. In a candid interview, she admits, "I have no money," emphasizing the universal vulnerability to such challenges.

The narrative surrounding Wendy Williams took a turn in February 2022 when Wells Fargo sought a court-appointed financial guardian for her, citing her status as an "incapacitated person." By August of the same year, Williams announced her marriage to an NYPD officer and subsequently entered rehab to address issues related to alcohol abuse. These developments unfolded against the backdrop of the cancellation of her cherished talk show, "The Wendy Williams Show," in 2021, a decision made amid reports of her declining health.

The trailer captures poignant moments, including Williams' son, Kevin Hunter Jr., expressing concerns about her continuous desire to work despite her tumultuous journey. Williams' battles with a decade-long cocaine addiction, Graves' disease, and hyperthyroidism are part of her complex narrative.

In a particularly alarming scene, Williams' manager, Will Selby, confronts her about an empty liquor bottle, questioning if she consumed it entirely. Williams, lying in bed, responds, "Keep it there." The vulnerability and struggles portrayed in the trailer offer viewers a glimpse into the multifaceted challenges faced by the once vibrant talk show host.

As the docuseries unfolds, viewers witness Williams being driven around New York City, where she admits uncertainty about her location. This revelation aligns with past reports leading up to the cancellation of her show, where producers had to inquire multiple times about her sobriety to proceed with filming.

Lifetime has previously delved into Williams' personal battles with two other projects: "Wendy Williams: The Movie" in 2021, documenting her divorce from husband Kevin Hunter, and the documentary "Wendy Williams: What a Mess" in the same year.

Adding a layer to the ongoing narrative, Williams' manager, Will Selby, informed Entertainment Tonight in June 2023 that she had reentered a wellness treatment facility, underscoring her commitment to addressing personal challenges and striving to be her best self. The docuseries promises an intimate exploration of Wendy Williams' journey, shedding light on her struggles, resilience, and the complexities of her life.


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