WENDY Williams may be replaced by Nick Cannon, as the ailing talk show host still has yet to sign a contract that extends beyond this season.
Sources exclusively explained to The Sun that if Wendy doesn’t return to the show, execs in the New York market have decided that their immediate plan would be to slide The Nick Cannon Show into Wendy’s 10am time spot.
“If the The Wendy Williams Show ends or she doesn’t come back to the show, they would feel comfortable sliding Nick into the 10am slot which immediately follows the local news broadcast,” one source explained.
“That is the plan for filling the time in the New York market. Other stations around the country that similarly carry both shows back-to-back will likely follow New York’s lead,” the insider added.
Meanwhile a second source said that while there still has not been any news of a renewal for the Wendy Williams Show beyond this season, that distribution execs are likely to be waiting to see how ratings are if and when she returns.
“It really all depends on what her ratings look like at that point. Right now, they’ve been stronger than expected without her,” the second insider added.
The famous talk show host has not been able to grace the stage this new season.
The Sun has reached out to Wendy's show reps.
FROM WENDY, TO FANS
On Monday the 57-year-old took to Instagram and told her fans: "HOW YOU DOIN’? I MISS YOU ALL! 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.
"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."
Wendy continued: "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…"
Fans were quick to react in the comments section, as one wrote: "Hurry back, but get well first love."
WENDY'S HEALTH ISSUES
It kicked off back in September, when an ambulance was pictured outside Wendy's swanky apartment building.
The Sun was first to report that police received a 911 call from her building at 8 am about a “57-year-old female in need of psychiatric services.”
The Sun later reported that the TV star had been “struggling with addiction” leading up to her hospitalization.
“Wendy was drinking every day, even while filming the show,” an insider previously revealed to The Sun.
As the host's health complications continued, the popular program was postponed from its original return date of September 20th.
Wendy also got a positive Covid-19 diagnosis amid her ongoing health problems.
While Wendy has been open about her addiction struggles, she also has been dealing with "psychiatric issues" and Graves' disease.
FILLING IN FOR WENDY
While the former radio DJ has not been able to host The Wendy Williams Show this season, many famous faces have done their part to fill in during her absence.
Notable names like Leah Remini, Sherri Shepherd, Whitney Cummings, Jerry Springer, Michael Rapaport, and Bill Bellamy tried their hand as guest hosts.
However, Leah and Sherri have stood out, as some have been begging for the latter to take over the hosting role permanently.
During Sherri's episodes, one fan said: "I’m hoping she gets better…but Sherri is great! I think she needs a show of her own."
Another added: "Just change it to The Sherri Show and let Sherri do Sherri!"
One source told The Sun back in September that Nick Cannon’s show “follows her- and it's the same producers.”
“He could eventually be Wendy's replacement – and she knows it,” the source added at the time.
Nick, 40, revealed that he would be hosting his own daytime talk show in May.
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