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Wendy Williams’ time in the purple chair is being reported to have come to an end with an announcement of a new permanent host to come in the new year. A source is telling The Sun that the show’s new official motto is “new year, new show. Wendy’s production company is said to be looking for a new host, according to RadarOnline which explains all of the guest hosts that have been on since the season began in September. These stretches of rotating guests are being treated as auditions and so far Sherri Shepherd is the audience favorite. “Sherri is the frontrunner, and staff think it’s all but a done deal with her,” the source stated.

Nick Cannon was originally reported by The Sun to take Wendy’s timeslot but his ratings have been going down so that’s not happening anymore. The first time Wendy took a health break, Cannon was allegedly being considered as a permanent replacement for her then. Instead he got a show of his own a couple years later.

Rumors of Williams having early onset dementia and confined to a wheelchair have been swirling, both of which her brother Tommy has denied. Now I do have to say that there have been details about some stories that Wendy has appeared to not be clear on and while Norman engagaes with her while she’s hoping, it would make sense that his job could possibly be to help a forgetful person with early signs of dementia. It’s a sad thing if that is true being that Wendy has been a media staple for so long.

Back in September 911 was called to Wendy’s building about a “57-year-old female in need of psychiatric services.” It was later reported that she was “struggling with addiction” which lead to her being hospitalized. “Wendy was drinking every day, even while filming the show,” The Sun reported.

On November 8th, Williams made a statement about how she’s doing on Instagram saying, “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. 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.”

Prayers are going out for Wendy and should Sherri Shepherd take over hosting the show on a permanent basis, she’s got some big shoes to fill.