Williams, Wendy

Host | The Wendy Williams Show

Williams, Wendy

Mother, wife, media mogul, fashion designer, philanthropist, entrepreneur, performer and best-selling author, Wendy Williams is best known for her long-running Daytime Emmy® nominated talk show, The Wendy Williams Show. Recently extended through 2020, the show has been nominated for multiple daytime Emmy awards, has memorabilia in the Smithsonian Museum, and is broadcasts in 53 countries.

Taped live in New York City, The Wendy Williams Show is a reflection of Wendy's entertaining personality and distinctive sense of humor. The focus on entertainment and pop culture exemplifies Wendy's passion for those topics, and the show's signature segments include "Hot Topics" with Wendy's own "Say It Like You Mean It" take on the juiciest celebrity headlines; "Trendy at Wendy,"which showcases the hottest brands; and "Ask Wendy,"where Wendy offers real advice to audience members looking for answers.

The show also includes a diverse mix of interviews with celebrity guests from television, film, music, and sports. In 2015, both Wendy and the show earned Daytime Emmy® nominations for "Best Talk Show Host" and "Best Entertainment Talk Show."

Prior to achieving success in daytime television, Wendy built a devoted fan base throughout a successful 23-year career in radio, with "The Wendy Williams Experience," being a top-rated daily radio show. Syndicated nationally, it aired on WBLS in New York and was listened to by an audience of more than 12 million people. One of the most popular personalities in radio, Wendy was inducted into the National Radio Hall of Fame in November of 2009 – one of only a handful of women with that honor.

Expanding her media footprint, Wendy and her husband Kevin launched the non-fiction television programming company, Wendy Williams Productions (WWP) in 2013. Recent projects include the Lifetime original movie Aaliyah: The Princess of R&B and Death by Gossip with Wendy Williams, which premiered on Investigation Discovery.

With TV, Broadway and film performances to her name, Wendy is a seasoned performer, both as herself and in character. Her television credits include appearances on NBC's 30 Rock as herself, competing on Season 12 of ABC's Dancing With the Stars, hosting Game Show Network's original series Love Triangle, and appearing as a featured guest on ABC's One Life to Live and Lifetime's Drop Dead Diva. Wendy also appeared in the major motion picture Think Like a Man, Think Like A Man Too, and took center stage as "Mama Morton" in the Tony-winning revival of the musical Chicago.

In the spring of 2014, Wendy released her seventh book and first romance novel, Hold Me in Contempt (Harper Collins). The book became a New York Times Best-Seller the first day of its release and sales continue to thrive among her fans.

The summer of 2015 marked the launch of Wendy's stand-up comedy career with her "Sit Down Tour-Too Real for Stand Up," where Wendy toured more than 15 cities across the country and shared straight talk as only she can.

In recent years, Wendy has also added fashion designer to her resume, becoming a #1 selling brand with HSN through her Wendy Williams collection.

As a media mogul, actress, comedian, entrepreneur, fashion designer, and author, beyond her thriving career, Wendy finds fulfillment as a devoted mother, wife and philanthropist, specifically with The Hunter Foundation. The organization, which Wendy founded with her husband, Kevin, works with charities that help improve the lives of children and families around the country. In July 2018, The Hunter Foundation launched Be Here (www.behere.org), a national awareness and call-to-action drug addiction and substance abuse campaign encouraging loved ones to Be Here for the precious moments, the milestones, the graduations and the weddings.

Through the Be Here campaign, The Hunter Foundation will aim to create a Youth Leader Program which will include mentorship and counseling, after school and weekend activities for at-risk youth, as well as an education program on the effects of K2 and opioid drugs. Funds will also be used to partner with a university laboratory to conduct a clinical research study to examine the ingredients of K2 and its effects on the brain and body.