After 14 seasons, The Wendy Williams Show is officially ending in June, multiple outlets have reported. The longtime radio show host will not be back in her famous purple chair to cover hot topics and give advice to audience members after a months-long hiatus due to ongoing health concerns.
Comedian-actress and former host on The View Sherri Shepherd will be taking over the daytime talk show slot, according to The Hollywood Reporter. Shepherd has guest hosted Williams' show several times since the health-related hiatus began.
Initial reports indicated that Shepherd would a "permanent guest host" as Wendy Show producers monitored her health to make a decision about ending the popular talk show before a September premiere. Now it seems the decision has been made.
Shepherd's show, Sherri, will be executive produced by Sherri herself and Jawn Murray.
"Sherri is a natural who proved her hosting skills for many years as a panelist on The View, on Fox's Dish Nation, and again this season as a popular guest host of Wendy," Lionsgate's Debmar-Mercury co-presidents said in a statement.
"Like our viewers, we have been impressed by the unique comedic twist Sherri puts on our daily live 'Hot Topics' segment, her creativity and interactions with our guests. Her love for the content and daytime fans is obvious, and we are excited to partner with her to create another long-term talk franchise."