WENDY Williams has fired her management team and is only speaking to her son and ex-husband Kevin Hunter, The Sun can exclusively report.
Multiple sources have exclusively said that Wendy has gotten rid of both her longtime manager, Bernie Young, and her recent crisis manager, Howard Bragman.
One insider told The Sun: “Bernie and Howard are out. They don’t even have a way to get in contact with her.
“No one has no way to get in contact with Wendy, she doesn’t even have her own phone anymore.”
The Wendy insider claimed Howard was brought on by the show’s production company, Debmar Mercury, but was never hired by Wendy herself. (Debmar Mercury has denied they hired the crisis manager directly.)
Howard was brought on in September, just two days after Wendy was transported to a New York City hospital for a psychiatric evaluation, which The Sun had exclusively reported on at the time.
The same insider added that Bernie’s hiring back in 2019 was also led in large part by the production company, although Wendy was able to agreed with his role.
Meanwhile, another source alleged Wendy has days where she doesn’t know who Bernie or Howard are, as she struggles to recognize even longtime friends at times.
One friend insisted the former host is in good hands with her son Kevin Jr, who is caring for his mother with guidance from the star’s ex, Kevin Hunter Sr.
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“Her son is doing a great job with her, taking care of her and getting her the help she needs.
“Kevin Jr has Power of Attorney, but his dad is helping him manage what that means he needs to do.
“He’s young, and because of everything going on, Wendy isn’t opposed to having her ex-husband help her.”
Howard released a lengthy statement purportedly on behalf of Wendy on Tuesday following the confirmation that her show was canceled and replaced by Sherri Shepherd’s new series.
His initial statement said Wendy was thankful for the support she received from the production company and even Sherri, who has been guest hosting The Wendy Williams Show on and off for months.
He said: “It’s been a challenging time for Wendy as she deals with her health issues.
“She is incredibly grateful to Debmar Mercury, to Sherri and everybody else who has supported the show through this time.
“She, more than anyone, understands the reality of syndicated television — you can’t go to the marketplace and sell a show that’s The Maybe Wendy Show.
“She understands why this decision was made from a business point of view, and she has been assured by Debmar Mercury that should her health get to a point where she can host again and should her desire be that she hosts again that she would be back on TV at that time,” the statement first given to Deadline concluded.
Within hours of the crisis manager’s statement, Wendy’s new, verified Instagram account denounced Howard for speaking out.
“Mr. Bragman, although I appreciate your concerns and respect you immensely, I have not authorized you to make any statements on my behalf regarding my current status with Debmar Mercury.
“Again, thanks for your continuing concern and support.”
Howard then called into question who was posting from Wendy’s new account.
He said: “I’m honestly not convinced of the source of that social media post.
“So when my old friend Wendy Facetimes me personally and we alone have a chance to discuss recent events, together, we can figure out the best path forward.”
Wendy’s health crisis
As The Sun previously reported, the daytime presenter has been battling medical troubles for months.
Sources have said the once witty, sharp host of The Wendy Williams Show isn’t the same as she used to be as she battles multiple medical problems, including addiction, Graves’ disease, and Covid.
A source close to the show told The Sun: “The spark is gone. That Wendy, who for ten years had that spark in her eyes, that cheeky grin and that little wink is not the same now.”
The insider added some days are better than others for the once feisty daytime diva.
“She’s not always functioning like she used to be. She has days where she needs help eating, getting out of bed and getting dressed.”
Even more heartbreaking, the source added she doesn’t always recognize people whom she’s known for years.
“There are people who Wendy knows, who have worked closely with her, and there are days that she has no idea who they are.”
Wendy has not appeared on her show since July 2021, and the series has been hosted by a rotating cast of celebrity guests including Sherri, Michael Rapaport, Leah Remini and Michelle Visage.
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