Wendy Williams will detail her personal and financial struggles in the upcoming Lifetime documentary series Where is Wendy Williams?
The two-night docuseries follows Williams after her popular daytime talk show was unexpectedly canceled in 2022, and she was placed under a financial guardianship.
Lifetime released the trailer for the film on Friday, Feb. 2. The footage shows the once outspoken TV host suffering with mental health issues and struggling to walk.
“I have no money and I’m going to tell you something, if it can happen to me, it can happen to you,” said Williams, who previously made millions of dollars a year.
The footage is difficult to watch and shows the TV and radio star’s fragile physical and mental state.
Several of her family members are also interviewed, including her son Kevin Hunter Jr.
“My mom has done a great job of making it seem like it’s okay, but in reality there’s something wrong going on,” he says.
“She always talks about how she wants to work, but I feel as though she’s worked enough,” Kevin adds. “She has people around who are ‘yes’ people and allow this to continue.”
In a press release, Lifetime says Williams hopes to make a career comeback and granted camera crews “unparalleled access” to her private life for nearly two years.
“This was a complex project – and it became a labor of love for everyone involved,” executive producer Mark Ford of Creature Films said in a statement. “We are grateful to Wendy and her family for their utmost commitment to honesty, even when painful – in this documentary.”
According to Lifetime’s synopsis, the documentary will shed light “on the vulnerabilities that have turned Wendy into the Hot Topic herself. Suffering mental and physical issues, Wendy’s delicate state of mind, erratic behavior and declining health were all captured by the cameras.”
The film is produced by Entertainment One (eOne) and Creature Films for Lifetime.
Wendy Williams is an executive producer, along with Kevin Hunter Jr, Will Selby, Tara Long, Mark Ford, Pat Lambert, and Erica Hanson who also serves as showrunner. Brie Miranda Bryant executive produces for Lifetime.
“Nobody truly knew the depths of Wendy’s reality so we hope that what our cameras captured can help shine a light on what she is facing now,” Elaine Frontain Bryant, executive vice president and head of programming at A&E, Lifetime and LMN, said in a statement.
Williams has been open about her Graves’ disease diagnosis and her struggles with addiction. During an episode of her talk show in 2019, she tearfully revealed she was living in a sober house.
Lifetime says it will direct viewers to resources throughout the airing of the documentary, including providing information on SAMHSA (Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration), NAMI for Mental Health Resources, and details about Graves’ Disease and Lymphedema.
The four and a half hour, two-night documentary event, Where is Wendy Williams? debuts Saturday, Feb. 24 and 25 at 8pm ET/PT on Lifetime.
On the Friday night prior to the film’s premiere, Lifetime will air an encore of Williams’ biopic, Wendy Williams: The Movie, and her 2021 documentary, Wendy Williams: What a Mess.
Watch the trailer for the new film above and a clip of Wendy bonding with Blac Chyna below.