Wendy Williams has reemerged into public view in an emotional new trailer for her upcoming Lifetime documentary, Where Is Wendy Williams?
The trailer (below) shows the beloved former talk show host, 59, tearfully struggling with health issues amid her family and friends striving to offer their support. The footage is often difficult to watch, as Williams has clearly suffered mentally and physically.
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“I have no money, and I’m gonna tell you something,” Williams says in the trailer. “If it happens to me, it could happen to you.”
“Mom has done a great job making it seem like everything is OK always, but in reality, there is something wrong,” says her son Kevin Hunter Jr. “My mom always talks about how she wants to work, but I think she’s worked enough. She has people around her who are ‘yes’ people that have allowed this to continue.”
At one point, an unseen man asks if she drank a bottle of what appears to be liquor and Williams orders him to “keep the bottle there.”
The documentary has had “unparalleled access” to Williams and her family for nearly two years, per the description.
The official description reads: “After Wendy Williams was placed under a financial guardianship and her hit talk show was unexpectedly canceled, she was determined to make a career comeback. Opening the doors to her private life like never before, cameras chronicled her comeback journey to reclaim her life and legacy despite facing health issues and personal turbulence. With unparalleled access granted by Wendy to film with her and her family for nearly two years, what was captured was not what anyone expected. The documentary provides a raw, honest and unfiltered reality of Wendy’s life after she was placed under financial guardianship, shedding light on the vulnerabilities that has turned Wendy into the Hot Topic herself. Suffering mental and physical issues, Wendy’s delicate state of mind, erratic behavior and declining health were all captured by the cameras. Where Is Wendy Williams? is the story of Wendy’s journey to resurrect her career, and what filmmakers discovered along the way. But many questions remain — who truly has Wendy’s best interest at heart? Is she healthy now?”
Williams was a syndicated daytime talk show queen for 12 years until The Wendy Williams Show was canceled due to her health issues. She first sparked fears for her health in 2017 when she fainted live on-air. She previously spoke openly about ongoing issues with substance abuse. In 2022, The Hollywood Reporter extensively reported on Williams’ behind-the-scenes struggles on the show.
The four-and-half hour, two-night documentary Where Is Wendy Williams? will debut Saturday and Sunday, Feb. 24 and 25, at 8 p.m. On the Friday night prior, Lifetime will encore the biopic Wendy Williams: The Movie and her 2021 documentary, Wendy Williams: What a Mess.
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