WENDY Williams is “in need of serious help and was drinking every day” after it was revealed she was hospitalized for psychiatric issues, according to a source.
The daytime host, who has pushed back the season premiere of The Wendy Williams Show by two weeks “was drinking every day, even while filming the show,” the insider exclusively told The Sun.
Wendy Williams has been ‘drinking regularly,’ according to a close source[/caption]
The source added that staffers have said they would smell the liquor on her.
“Everyone is an enabler because they don’t want to lose their job. They see it, they know it, they smelled the liquor.”
The 57-year-old host, who had previously opened up about her struggles with sobriety, checked into a sober living house in 2019 after filing for divorce from Kevin Hunter, her husband of 20 years.
Despite that, the source said: “Wendy drinks every day and the only time she was sober was when she was at the sober house.”
They added: “Her staffers are worried but no one is ever going to speak up because they don’t want to lose their jobs.
“She’s an alcoholic. A bad one. She doesn’t need a talk show, she needs help.”
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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, 49, after it was revealed that he had a baby with his mistress Sharina Hudson, 35.
In a monologue in April of 2020, Wendy confessed that she had been living in a sober house.
She revealed at the time: “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,” she added.
The Sun first broke the news that the host was transported to a local New York City hospital after police received a 911 call from her building about a 57-year-old female in need of psychiatric services, last week.
An ambulance arrived on scene and transported a woman matching Wendy’s description to a nearby hospital for evaluation.
‘PEOPLE ARE AFRAID’
A Wendy Williams Show source added of the incident: “No one can tell her ‘No.’ People are afraid to speak up.”
Another show insider previously disclosed to The Sun: “The staff has been back for weeks now anticipating to have the show return at the end of the month.
“Now with the premiere pushed back, staff are increasingly concerned about the fate of the show.”
An ambulance was pictured outside Wendy’s swanky apartment building last week.
An NYPD spokesperson told The Sun: “There was a call for a 57-year-old non-violent female who needed psychiatric services at that address on Wednesday morning. They were transported to the hospital.”
Recently, a source told Page Six Wendy is lonely as she continues to struggle with her health.
The insider shared: “It has been a very difficult time for Wendy. She’s a single woman with very few friends. She lost her marriage, her mom, and is living alone.
“There is a lot on her plate.”
The Wendy Williams Show’s official Instagram announced that she was postponing her season premiere, after canceling several appearances earlier this month.
The post 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.”
Earlier this month, the show announced that she was taking a step back from promotional events amid “ongoing health issues and further evaluations.”
A 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, the host blamed the scary incident on feeling overheated and suffering from low electrolytes.
But in February 2018, the TV star announced that she had Graves’ disease, and had been living with it for years.
In March, Wendy showed viewers a close-up of her severely swollen ankles while sharing that she suffers from Lymphedema.
The daytime talk show host 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.
The popular TV host, 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 returned to New York from her rehab stint and moved into a sober house in early 2019, the star admitted.
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 has previously revealed she struggled with sobriety[/caption]
Wendy’s marriage to Kevin Hunter ended after it was revealed he had a baby with a mistress[/caption]
The Wendy Williams Show is currently scheduled to return October 4th[/caption]
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