It’s official, The Wendy Williams show is ending.
After 14 seasons, The Wendy Williams Show is no more. Sherri Shepherd, who has been a frequent guest host on the season, will host her very own talk show, Sherri, in the fall and take over the time slot Williams’ show had on FOX.
“OMG! I am so excited to have my dream come true and debut my very own talk show SHERRI in the fall. I can’t wait until I return to NY to host the show and merge everything I love…pop culture, talk, entertainment and comedy. I am thankful to Debmar-Mercury and FOX for partnering with me on this show and look forward to this new journey,” she said in a statement.
Speculation that Shepherd — a former co-host of The View and current co-host of the Fox daytime talker Dish Nation — would take over for Williams has been circulating for a couple of weeks, after a TMZ report that Williams wouldn’t return to her show.
Shepherd and her producing partner Jawn Murray will serve as executive producers along with executive producer and showrunner David Perler, who held similar roles for 12 out of 13 seasons of The Wendy Williams Show. Also crossing over from Wendy to Sherri is the popular “Hot Topics” segment, with actor-comedian, author and TV personality Shepherd putting her own spin on it.
As for Williams, her continued absence will remain for the “rest of” season 13, a source close to the situation previously told PEOPLE earlier this month.
“Wendy won’t be returning to the show for the rest of this season. Her healing is going slower than everyone had hoped. She continues to deal with a number of medical issues, including Graves’ disease, and she and her team are taking it one day at a time,” the source said. Williams, 57, experienced serious complications as a direct result of Graves’ Disease and her thyroid condition last year.
The Wendy Williams Show will continue to rotate guest hosts, including Shepherd. While Sherri is positioned as a replacement, taking over Wendy‘s time periods and inheriting that show’s producing team, Debmar-Mercury is leaving the door open to resuming her show if/when Williams fully recovers and wants to do it.
The Wendy Williams Show has been an important show for both Debmar-Mercury and the Fox Stations. It was one of Debmar-Mercury’s first original syndicated programs and has been one of its longest-running and most successful ones. Wendy launched with a limited test run on Fox TV Stations in summer 2008, becoming the first nationally syndicated hit to come out of the model that has become a staple for the Fox Stations.