Wendy Williams Admits She Feared Losing Viewers During 3-Week Hiatus: ‘People Are So Fickle’
By Rachel McRady
Wendy Williams recently returned to TV after taking a break for her health. On Thursday’s The Tonight Show Starring Jimmy Fallon, she opened up about just how difficult it was for her to take a hiatus.
“I have to make an income! Three weeks and a half, that’s a lot to be off of your show, do you know what I mean?” she told host Jimmy Fallon. “And people are so fickle, the audience, you never know if they’re going to show the love when you get back or whether they’re going to switch the channel to watching another.”
The 53-year-old daytime talk show host took time off to deal with her hyperthyroidism and Graves’ disease, noting, “Everything is fine, but you have to take some time when you need the time. Ten years of being on TV, I’d never taken a sick day.”
Williams also touched on her path to The Wendy Williams Show, saying she always wanted a role like this.
“I’m where I’m supposed to be. In that purple chair, by myself, yip yapping,” she quipped. “I am, I didn’t fall into it, you know, I wanted to be a news caster or a radio broadcaster since I was six years old. When I went to college, I majored in communications. When I touched a microphone, I fell in love.”
The outspoken TV personality told the story of how she used to make shady announcements at her brother’s Little League games as a kid.
“I was a fan for the mic I guess back then. I don’t know anything about sports, but when they was a lull in the game… ‘Mrs. Schwartz has dropped her keys because she’s messing around with Jimmy’s father in the back of the Saab across the parking lot.’ I’m the one with the big mouth!” she said.
Williams also gushed about her almost 10 years on TV, saying, “I make a lot of jokes about being on and all but mostly because I can’t believe that a girl from Jersey got the brass ring.”