Wendy Williams will be blessing fans with two more seasons of Hot Topics.
The daytime talk show host, 55, announced during the Season 11 premiere on Monday that her eponymous show has been renewed through 2022.
“Attention, Wendy staff and crew and everybody gather around,” Williams said on the Season 11 premiere, “and you on TV and you here. ‘The Wendy Show’ has been renewed through 2022. I love you!”
Earlier in the episode, Williams also let it slip that the “Jerry O’ Show,” Jerry O’Connell’s daytime talk show that tested in her timeslot in August, wasn’t picked up. Her producer, however, quickly corrected her, saying that wasn’t entirely true and that Debmar-Mercury, the production distribution company behind both Williams’ and O’Connell’s shows, was still trying to sell it.
An insider, however, told Page Six that Williams’ show was likely renewed only because Debmar-Mercury didn’t have another show to fill her slot.
“They don’t have anyone strong enough to replace her. They were back into a corner,” our insider said. “She will surely not be coming back beyond the two-season renewal.
“This will be her swan song.”
In the official announcement for the show’s renewal, Frank Cicha, executive vice president of programming at FOX Television Stations, joked that Williams’ wigs help keep the show alive.
“Wendy is family to us, and post-AM news, her program jumpstarts the day in our markets,” Cicha said in a statement. “Plus, she’s got enough wigs to make sure the show never gets stale.”
Without longtime wig stylist Robyn Michele, Williams’ wigs might be getting a refresh.
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