News: Wendy Williams Leaves Radio, "I Want To Thank Everyone Who Supported Me"
Thursday, Jul 23, 2009 1:00PM
Controversial radio personality Wendy Williams has announced her departure from radio station WBLS and will make her transition into full-time television host.
Williams has released a statement confirming her move from radio to television.
"I want to tell all of my fans that after July 31st, I will no longer be doing a show with WBLS," she said. "I really was blessed to have a broadcast home in NY on radio for the past 7 years and I want to thank everyone who supported me. I have one of the best jobs in the world, making a difference in the lives of my fans made all the difference to me and I look forward to doing the same thing in my new role as a TV host. My hope is that you will do your best to find me on your remote so I can continue to entertain and inform you each and every day." (The YBF)
Radio station WBLS also confirmed the unexpected decision on behalf of Williams.
"We are saddened to lose one of our most popular personalities," Deon Levingston, Vice President and General Manager of WBLS wrote. "But we understand what it requires to put a live show on television each and every day and wish Wendy all the best in this new venture." (Statement)
Her final broadcast will take place at the end of July.
She will do her last WBLS show on July 31, she said last night (July 22). The announcement follows the strong debut July 13 of her new syndicated TV program, "The Wendy Williams Show." It is seen locally at 10 a.m. daily on Ch. 5. (New York Daily News)
Williams lost a portion of her radio staff late last year including co-host Charlamagne Tha God.
"They say unemployment has surges higher now than it has in the last 25 years, shoppers have turned frugal, the economy is sinking," Wendy said during the announcement of losing a portion of her staff. "The credit problem, financial stresses and everybody is suffering, me, you and everybody. I just want to be honest with you all as honest as I possibly can be....This is not the end of the changes that are happening here." (The Wendy Williams Experience)