Wendy Williams has always been somewhat erratic, but after a really strange performance that triggered some doubts about her well being on social media, Williams had no choice but to speak out.
A 30-second clip posted by Twitter user @SierraKiloUSMC showed some very strange and worrying behavior from Williams’ show on Friday, 10/23:
— unsupervised_adult_teenager (@SierraKiloUSMC) October 23, 2020
Many of Williams’ fans immediately took to Twitter to voice their concerns:
Lots of people tweeting about #WendyWilliams on her show today. They tape Friday shows on Thursday. And yesterday she was also very “off.” I’ve been a fan for nearly 20 years. It is so hard to watch. Norman trying to help co-host almost. I hope someone helps her. @WendyWilliams
— Matt Pieper (@MattPieper) October 23, 2020
They should have never aired the episode. Doesn’t she have anyone there to protect her? Whatever she’s going through.. so sad
— Marlene 🇨🇦 (@Marlene_DW) October 26, 2020
So sad.😪 Plz take care of yrslf Wendy, yr fans will b here! Let someone hold it down 4u until yr better. Just not Nick cannon. Maybe @NeNeLeakes she gets on my last nerve but she wld keep it live!😊 We love you! Yr fans will be here. Please, Do it 4 Lil Kev😪 🙏❤
— __Sophia__💕 (@keepinitreal) October 23, 2020
Wendy needs time off and a good therapist. She's always been quiet about her personal life, I imagine it's really hard to deal with all her issues in public. Now with the health problems 2. My Girl need more help to handle it! I'll pray and hope she gets help soon!
— BLACK BUTTERFLY (@GirlDozier) October 25, 2020
It's only getting worse as the show goes on.
— AB RED DAWG (@AnnBrow36274386) October 23, 2020
And according to some behind-the-scenes accounts, what is happening on the outside isn’t even close to what the people involved with the show behind the scenes are dealing with.
Her former longtime DJ, DJ Boof, said on an Instagram gossip page:
“Y’all have no idea what’s really going on and everyone there is afraid to speak up because they don’t wanna lose their jobs.. this is going to play out bad.. I feel sorry for the workers and victims. Have a blessed day.”
Williams was forced to address the strange behavior on Monday’s show.
“I appreciate you watching, but it’s, you know, even after all of these years: It’s still work,” she said to home viewers.
“You know, an effort put in for the hour that I’m out here with you. I guess every day is not perfect, but I’m not a perfectionist. I’m not perfect.”
In my Marvin Gaye voice, what's going on? My ex, a confirmed addict, new immediately when @WendyWilliams was off the wagon last year… just saying, something in the milk ain't clean. This was hard to watch. #Awkward #wendyshow #WendyWilliams pic.twitter.com/cD2ut9Bwd2
— Toni (@suhthernspice) October 24, 2020
I literally made a Twitter just now just to see if anyone else took notice to how high #WendyWilliams is on her show right now.
— chachi 🦋 (@ohhshit_beca) October 23, 2020
I must say that #WendyWilliams producers is so out of pocket for even airing today’s episode & allowing the world to see her in this state. It’s clear that they don’t have her back. 🤦🏾♀️#throwthewholeteamaway
— Mesha (@justmesha707) October 23, 2020
Wendy Williams be high as hell.
— Courtney Nicole 💚💕 (@browngirlfancy) October 22, 2020
Who let #WendyWilliams on the air in that condition today?
— Cody (@your_cohort) October 23, 2020
Williams has struggled with a cocaine addiction in her past, which she has been previously open about:
“For some time now, and even today and beyond, I have been living in a sober house,” she said, on last year’s segment.
“I had a struggle with cocaine in my past, and I never went to a place to get the treatment,” she said. “I don’t know how except God was sitting on my shoulder and I just stopped.”
In January of this same year, Williams also announced that she would be taking a three-week hiatus from the show in order to deal with her recent diagnosis of Graves’ Disease, an autoimmune disorder which results in an overactive thyroid.
— ItsJustHilaryM (@TheCountessHilz) October 22, 2020
Is Wendy Williams unraveling? It's getting hard to watch this show. I feel kind of bad for her.
— Nicole (@CarpediemNicole) October 20, 2020
Gurrl tell it how it really is. And this statement is not it. I’m praying for Wendy.
— Nykia (@itsmenykia) October 26, 2020
Also people forget that Friday show is also taped on Thursday’s, maybe that’s why she was off by that time. Although in some episodes she struggles to read the teleprompter. pic.twitter.com/ZhWHjzqtMA
— Miguel (@jlawforcex) October 26, 2020
ma’am, you were just high…it’s ok, it’s just weed. 💀
— jess 🤎 #1 ‘thinking bout you’ stan (@zhaviagrande) October 26, 2020
Others, such as Sharon Osbourne, said that Williams’ behavior was “sad” and that they were hoping she would seek further help.
Hopefully all is well, but if not, our energy is focused on Ms. Williams receiving the help she needs.