The Wendy Williams Show

The Wendy Williams Show Information

The Wendy Williams Show is an American syndicated talk show hosted by Wendy Williams. The show is produced by Debmar-Mercury, and airs nationally in over 70% of the country, as well as on BET, where it airs at midnight. It premiered on July 14, 2008 as a six-week trial in Detroit, Dallas, Los Angeles and New York City. After a successful test run, the show was picked up for a full season, and has since been renewed through the 2013–2014 television season


In early 2008, the Fox Broadcasting Company picked up rights to the show which simultaneously airs on TV stations covering more than 95 percent of the United States and BET who picked up the show in early 2009. Representatives of the BET Networks were delighted to add Wendy to the lineup, stating, "After two solid quarters of growth at BET, we're thrilled that The Wendy Williams Show will be joining our line-up in July to strengthen the network's momentum," said Barbara Zaneri, Executive Vice President Programming Strategy, Scheduling and Acquisitions, who negotiated the deal for BET Networks.

The show was initially taped at the Chelsea Studios in New York City and at 433 West 53rd Street. Season 4 will mark the return of the show being taped in the Chelsea Studios.

The show had its debut outside the United States on BET International in July 2010.

Recurring Elements

Opening routine

In the first season, the show opened with an audience member (occasionally a celebrity in their own right) often referred by Wendy as an 'opening announcer'. They would state their name and what's in store for that day's show. The person would then say Wendy's signature phrase, "How you doin'?". Following this, the show's theme began and after which the 'opening announcer' would introduce Wendy by saying, "Here's Wendy!". This is similar to the intro of The Rosie O'Donnell Show.

Since season two, the show has used a voiceover that begins with the line "It's Time for the The Wendy Williams Show." Like the 'opening announcer' did during the first season the voiceover states what's in store of that day's show before introducing Wendy.

Hot Topics

After her entrance and a few comments, Wendy begins the "Hot Topics" portion of the show. She usually starts by telling the audience, "It's time for Hot Topics!" followed by a Hot Topics graphic that features various celebrities. This graphic is changed with different celebrities from time to time.

Williams shares recent tabloid stories and often discusses things happening in her personal life. Wendy is a very outspoken individual and comments openly on tabloid stories, often offering up advice to celebrities and their situation. Previously the show entertained comments from the audience during hot topics; this has since been discontinued.

Ask Wendy

During the 'Ask Wendy' segment, Wendy goes up into the audience and takes questions from audience members. Wendy has been asked about various topics including relationship problems, family issues, pregnancy complications, and more. This segment is similar to her 'Advice Hour' from her radio show.


The show's season one set was very bright and vibrant. The two main colors included were pink and purple. It featured silver and golden disco balls, quilted pink walls, two large double doors (in which Wendy walks out of at the start of the show) with pink and purple W's, colorful lights and a decorated 'Diva Fan'. Earlier in the season, there were leopard print pillows and a large circular leopard print floor piece which was located center stage. This was later removed and replaced by two large shadow W's.

On September 6, 2010, The Wendy Williams Show introduced a brand new set to go with the season 2 premiere. The most noticeable changes are the addition of the New York City skyline all around the studio as well as the lighting. While still featuring the colors of pink and purple, new tones and colors have been introduced including shades of blue, green/teal and orange. Other changes include redesigned guest entry areas with steps that light up, new blue audience seating, new double doors (that Wendy walks out of at the start of show) and the disco balls which are now all silver. Some things remained including the large shadow W's center stage.

Williams spoke to Rosanna Scotto on Good Day New York about her new set and said that she "...wanted it to look like I moved out of an apartment, a fun apartment, and moved into a home where I have real responsibilities." Additionally, she said she wanted the seats to be "show blue" and noted that she has a new Wonder Woman mug to drink her tea out of.

Williams recently revealed on her After Show that she would be moving to a new studio on West 26th St. in Manhattan. The last episode taped in the West 53rd Street studios was on June 28, 2012. Season 4 also marked the first season of the show being taped in high definition. Season 4 premiered on September 10, 2012.

Closing routine

Before the show comes to an end, the show features the "Eye Candy of the Day" segment. During this time, Wendy awards an audience member with a 'mini diva fan' who caught her attention due to their style. The person could be awarded because of a clothing item like a dress, blouse or pants. They could also be awarded because of their hair or an accessory like a handbag, shoes or jewelry. Sometimes this may be preempted for a show surprise guest, announcement, etc.

As the show is ending, Wendy states what will be in store for the next day's show. She closes by saying, "Love You For Watching." This phrase is a variation of her phrase, "Love You For Listening" from her radio show.

'Say It Like You Mean It' Tour

Starting August 4, 2011, Wendy Williams & The Wendy Williams Show went on the road for a 17 city tour across the United States. Locations included Miami, San Francisco, Tampa, Memphis, Chicago, Los Angeles and more. Wendy traveled on a decorated pink bus, designed specifically for her show. The line 'Say It Like You Mean It' comes from her show theme song.

The intent of the tour was for Wendy to greet existing fans and meet new friends - all in an effort to spread awareness about Wendy, the show and gain more viewership. During the tour, Wendy co-hosted mini versions of her show at local malls where she conducted versions of her popular segments Ask Wendy & Hot Topics. Additionally, she appeared and took part at local events such as throwing out the first pitch at MLB baseball games, American Idol auditions, festivals, etc.

Drag controversy

The Wendy Williams Show sparked a minor controversy in August 2009 when producers challenged a drag queen who was waiting to enter a taping. Performer Erickatoure Aviance, saying he wanted to "get dressed for Wendy because I thought she'd appreciate it", attended the August 12 taping wearing what Aviance described as a "black baby-doll dress, heels, tights, and standard makeup -- not even anything sparkly. It was very demure, especially for me." Aviance was approached outside the studio by a staff member who advised her that her outfit violated the show's policy against audience members wearing "costumes". Aviance was told he could attend the taping but was not allowed to engage in any of the show's audience participation segments. Aviance contended that the show's staff deliberately sat a tall man in front of her to further obscure her. Aviance's friend, singer and comedian Jonny McGovern, launched a protest via Facebook. Several days after news of the incident hit the blogosphere, Lonnie Burstein, executive vice president of programming and production for Debmar-Mercury, the company behind the program, issued an apology:
Much of the success of The Wendy Williams Show is due to our incredibly diverse and colorful audience and we all agree that fashion is a true form of self-expression. But in an attempt to explain and enforce our show's dress code, I was not as sensitive as I could have been to Ericka, the LGBT community, or drag's long history of being a target of discrimination. And for that, I sincerely apologize as it was never my intention to offend it in any way.

Awards and nominations

Year Category Association Result
2008-2009 Most Guiltiest Pleasure NewNowNext Awards
2010-2011 Outstanding Achievement in Hairstyling Daytime Emmy

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