Wendy Williams is an American media personality, actress, comedian and author best known for her eponymous talk show on BET.
Bio, Radio Career
Wendy Joan Williams was born in Ocean Township, New Jersey on July 18, 1964. She grew with her parents Thomas and Shirley Williams in Ocean Township New Jersey. Wendy attended the Northeastern University where she was a college radio station DJ. After college, she began her professional career with WVIS in Virgin islands. Later, she worked as a substitute jockey at WRKS, the station would later hire her full-time for its morning show.
Her show began to gain popularity and soon she bagged a Billboard award for Best On-Air radio personality. After a switch of ownership at WRKS, Wendy was transferred to Hot 97 Urban station but was fired 4 years later.
A station at Philadelphia quickly hired her and Wendy grew more popular with her show, where she talked about her personal life including her miscarriages, previous drug addiction, breast enhancement procedure and more. She helped increase the station’s ranking from 14th to 2nd place.
She was then hired by WLBS in New York for a full-time syndicated show in 2001. After much success with radio, Wendy was inducted into the National Radio Hall of Fame before retiring in 2009 to focus on TV.
Wendy Williams Net Worth, TV Career
Wendy debuted her eponymous TV talk show in 2008. The show’s popularity grew quickly and was syndicated all over the country. The show has received Emmy nominations.
Apart from her show, Wendy has made appearances in a number of other TV shows including the Season 12 of “Dancing With The Stars”. She has served as host of GNS game show “Love triangle” and as a judge on others such as “Drop Dead Diva”.
Wendy has starred in a handful of movies including the adaptation of Steve Harvey‘s book “Think Like A Man” and its sequel. She is also a stand-up comedian and tours the country frequently.
She bolsters her media endeavors with other ventures including a clothing line sold exclusively on HSN, and a line of jewelry products called Adorn.
Williams has also penned books both in the fiction and non-fiction category. Seven of them have been New York Times bestsellers. In the past, Wendy has endorsed Georges Veselle champagne.
Her financial power is estimated at $60 million.
Wendy Williams’ Husband and Son
With her husband and manager, Kevin Hunter whom she met while working at a Philadelphia radio station, she launched a TV Production company – The Wendy Williams Production, aimed at producing unscripted reality series and game shows.
Wendy and her husband Kevin got married in November 1997. The couple had a child named Kevin Hunter Jr. in August 2000 and are still together. However, as with numerous celebrity couples, Wendy and her husband have been brought to the public eye for the wrong reasons. Rumors of infidelity on the part of Kevin Hunter often flood the media and raises speculations of marital crisis. But, the TV presenter who seems very dedicated to her marriage often shakes such toxic reports off.
Before Hunter, Wendy was married to her first husband, Robert Moris III. After one year of marriage – from 1994 to 1995, they divorced.
Weight Loss and Plastic Surgery
With self-discipline and lots of determination, Wendy succeeded in losing 50 pounds of her weight. Excess weight had been a huge problem to the presenter who said she was never comfortable or confident and had a hard time choosing her outfits.
Wendy Williams said she achieved her massive weight loss by avoiding some foods. She admitted to being a pescatarian, divulging that she went vegan and stopped eating meat.
The media personality also admitted to having a plastic surgery. According to her, she had a liposuction and a tummy tuck in a bid to maintain a youthful look. Wendy reportedly spent a huge sum on botox, fillers and their likes to achieve her now barbie looking body which has continued to be a topic of discussion on some media platforms. She also had breast implants.
Nonetheless, she wouldn’t be trashed-talked for going under the knife in order to enhance her looks. She always has the perfect answer for her numerous critics.