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Wendy Williams’ Net Worth: How Much She Made as a Talk Show Host

Wendy Williams’ Net Worth: How Much She Made as a Talk Show Host

Wendy Williams is in the news over her health right now, yet some might want to know what her net worth is like these days. Williams revealed on Wednesday, February 23, that doctors have diagnosed her with primary progressive aphasia and frontotemporal dementia. This news comes out days before a two-part documentary, Where Is Wendy Williams?, appears on Lifetime.

Williams does appear in her documentary, where she will share about these and other health challenges. During her career, Williams has amassed a net worth of $500,000, according to Celebrity Net Worth. There are some issues, though, around this amount. Reportedly, Williams claims in her documentary that she has no money. While The Wendy Williams Show was on the air, though, she reportedly made $10 million per year. That breaks down to $55,000 per episode.

Back in 2022, Wells Fargo Advisors clamped down a freeze on Williams’ accounts. It cuts her off from millions of dollars that Williams uses to pay workers, her bills, and her mortgage. Williams has been in a battle with Lori Schiller, who was Williams’ former financial adviser. Yet Wells Fargo reportedly is still working with Schiller on this matter.

Wendy Williams’ First Hit Is On Radio

Williams made a true name for herself in the world of radio. Her first foray into the medium was in the Virgin Islands, and that led to a part-time DJ role in New York City. Williams then found herself at WOL in Washington, D.C., where she eventually got the DJ rush-hour role. When the station format changed, she moved on to New York City’s Hot 97 urban station. She worked there from 1994 to 1998 before getting fired.

So, she goes to work for Philadelphia station WUSL. Williams talked a lot about her struggles in life, drug addiction, and other personal matters. That show got syndicated all across the United States, helping lift WUSL from No. 14 to No. 2 in the radio ratings.

New York City called again, and Williams bolted for a four-hour syndicated show on WBLS. She was inducted into the National Radio Hall of Fame but left that medium in 2009. Her next stop? Television. In 2008, she got a six-week trial run of her talk show from Debmar-Mercury. Well, The Wendy Williams Show did so well that Fox signed a deal to televise the talk show nationally. BET picked up the cable rights to show it at night and internationally.

At one point, Williams’ show was being seen in 54 countries internationally. She also averaged 2.4 million viewers daily for The Wendy Williams Show.

In 2019, Williams stepped away from the show because of her Graves disease. One month after taking time off, Williams was back on the air with guests. One month later in 2019, Wendy Williams returned to her talk show. She was nominated for two Daytime Emmy Awards as well as a People’s Choice Award.

Health Problems Force Williams Off TV

Her health, though, became an issue. In 2021, Williams left her show again with more health problems. A bevy of guest hosts filled in but they could not keep up Williams’ ratings. Debmar-Mercury decided to replace Williams’ show with Sherri, hosted by Sherri Shepherd.

A few television guest-starring spots have been done by Williams in her career. Among them were Martin and Dancing with the Stars. In 2014 and 2015, Williams toured America with a stand-up comedy event. Williams and her husband, Kevin Hunter, who also is her agent, launched Wendy Williams Productions. Their company has produced some shows with a reality TV focus. One of their shows in 2015 was on Discovery Channel and it’s name was Death by Gossip with Wendy Williams.

Yet her health problems kept on mounting up. Hunter reportedly had numerous affairs while married to Williams. They had one child together, but Williams filed for divorce citing irreconcilable differences in 2019. At one point, Williams filed to forcefully remove Hunter from her home.

For now, Wendy Williams is suffering from some serious health challenges. Here’s hoping that she gets better soon.