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Wendy Williams looks stoic & clings on to son Kevin Jr, 21, as friends say she'll 'NEVER return to talk show’

WENDY Williams clung onto her son Kevin Jr, 21, while out and about in New York City as she continues to battle health issues.

The 57-year-old, who has been absent from her talk show for months, looked stoic during her time with her son on Tuesday.


A series of guests hosts have taken over The Wendy Williams Show after it was revealed that Wendy has ongoing health complications she’s dealing with.

Away from her work on the daytime program, the TV personality has been spending more time with her son.

Kevin Jr. and his mom have been going all around NYC together lately, and on Wednesday they were spotted walking arm in arm.

Wendy clung onto him as they made their way into a waiting car.

She kept her blonde hair down in a middle part and had her mouth and nose covered with a face mask.

For her attire, the talk show host went with a casual look, wearing an all-black ensemble of a varsity jacket, leggings, and giant fur boots.

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Along with holding onto her 21-year-old son’s arm, Wendy also held onto her little, gold-chained black purse.

Earlier this year, Williams tested positive for Covid-19 and was then rushed to the hospital for "psychiatric services."

In November, Wendy spoke out for the first time about her struggles, and while she assured fans she's getting better, they won't be seeing her make a return to her show anytime soon.

"As everyone knows, my health has been a hot topic. I’m making progress but it’s just one of those things that’s taking longer than we expected," she told her fans.

The host continued: "I’m a woman of a certain age, and I know enough to listen to my doctors and will return to my purple chair as soon as we all agree I’m ready.

"I want to thank all of my staff and our guest hosts for stepping up and stepping in while I can’t be there.

"I also want to thank Debmar-Mercury and our stations for being so understanding and supportive while I work my way back.   

"Most of all, I want to thank my fans. I have heard your prayers and comments and feel all the love! You are everything to me.   

"I love spending my mornings with you all and I’m doing everything I can to get back to work, but right now Wendy has to focus on Wendy. I love you for watching." 

According to a source close to the show, Wendy is "never" returning to the show, and a new host will be announced at some point in January of the new year.

Notable names like Leah Remini, Sherri Shepherd, Whitney Cummings, Jerry Springer, Michael Rapaport, and Bill Bellamy have been on the show as guest hosts. 

However, Leah and Sherri have stood out, and some fans have been begging for the latter to take over the hosting role permanently. 

The insider said: "Sherri is the frontrunner, and the staff thinks it's a done deal with her."

Sherri recently had to battle her own health issues, though, and underwent emergency surgery for appendicitis and was unable to guest host on Monday.

Her publicist made the following statement to Deadline: “Sherri is absolutely devastated that she will not be able to guest host The Wendy Williams Show today, but she is following doctors orders and expected to make a full recovery.

"Thank you all for understanding and respecting her privacy.”

Former guest host Michael filled in on Monday, and Sherri returned starting Tuesday.

Wendy is reportedly “jealous” as ratings rise with Sherri as the guest host, sources have exclusively told The Sun.


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