For 13 seasons, Wendy Williams delivered gossip, celebrity interviews and hot topics on her daytime talk show. But clips and highlights from the show have suddenly been scrubbed from the internet after the last episode aired.
On Monday evening, Variety was the first media outlet to report the show’s official YouTube channel, Instagram account and website had all been deleted. Debmar-Mercury, the production company responsible for the show, had no comment.
A search query for The Wendy Williams Show on YouTube doesn’t bring up anything from the official channel and past Instagram posts embedded on Urban Hollywood 411 link to a message saying: “Sorry, this page isn’t available.”
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Fans are naturally upset by this latest turn of events and say Williams has been disrespected yet again.
@MJFINESSELOVER wrote on Twitter: “They are trying to erase Wendy Williams’ legacy right in front of our eyes. They know her YouTube channel is our last memory of her iconic talk show. There is no good reason for her to delete her channel.”
@astoldbybunny tweeted, “Why do them folks hate Wendy Williams so much? Deleted the whole YouTube????”
@itsKenBarbie tweeted: “So… they booted Wendy Williams from her show that she worked nearly 14 years to build, deleted its official YouTube, and social media accounts… This is why ownership becomes important because I can’t believe they’re pissing all over her legacy like this.”
@OmgKenActually added on Twitter: “I watched The Wendy Williams show every weekday morning while I was battling depression, and I could always count on her to give me a good laugh! I love her. It’s sad that her legacy has come to this…”
The final episode of the show aired on June 17, and did not feature Williams in person.
Instead, a tribute video showed the daytime TV legend interviewing some of her famous guests and interacting with the studio audience. Sherri Shepherd hosted the finale and will take over Williams’ timeslot in the fall with her own talk show.
Williams never returned to her purple chair after she contracted a breakthrough case of COVID-19 last year and battled complications from her previous diagnosis of Graves’ Disease. As a result, the season 13 premiere was delayed multiple times before it finally debuted on Oct. 18, 2021.
A number of guest hosts filled in throughout the season, including Michael Rapaport, Leah Remini, Jerry Springer, Bill Bellamy, Fat Joe and Remy Ma, Bevy Smith and Terrence J, Vivica A. Fox and Carson Kressley, and Shepherd.
The show launched nationwide in 2009, and brought in millions of viewers each day. It was officially canceled in February after a string of news reports said Williams would “never return” and “was being replaced.”