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Inside Wendy Williams’ Not-So-Glamorous Life, A New Documentary Reveals

Inside Wendy Williams' Not So Glamorous Life, A New Documentary Reveals

Wendy Williams, the iconic talk show host, has always been a figure of intrigue and admiration. However, her recent absence from the media spotlight raised questions and concerns among her fans. The new four-part Lifetime documentary, “Where Is Wendy Williams?” offers an in-depth look into her life since stepping away from the public eye, revealing the challenges and struggles she has faced.

The Premise of the Documentary

Initially conceived by Williams herself, the documentary aimed to showcase her life post-talk show and her venture into podcasting. However, as the documentary unfolded, it highlighted the declining mental and physical health of Williams. The producers’ questions about her health, finances, family, and daily life exposed the challenges she faced, often leaving her struggling to respond.

The Struggle with Health and Silence

A recurring theme in the documentary was Williams’ alcohol consumption, which she often deflected when questioned. The documentary also shed light on her battle with severe lymphedema, causing numbness in her feet.

The portrayal of Williams being silenced by others in the documentary, who often answered questions on her behalf, raised concerns about her autonomy and well-being.

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Doubts Surrounding Her Care Team

The motives of Wendy’s current care team came under scrutiny, with her manager describing her as “more aggressive” and Williams herself speaking negatively about her legal guardian, Sabrina Morrissey. The tension escalated when Morrissey filed a lawsuit to prevent the airing of the documentary, which was eventually dismissed.

Public Reaction and Producer’s Defense

The documentary sparked mixed reactions from fans, with some expressing their belief that it aimed to embarrass Williams, while others questioned the ethics of airing her struggles. Despite this, executive producer Mark Ford defended the decision, stating that the documentary captured the truth of Williams’ life and expressed hope that it played a role in helping her find a safer place.

Addressing Health Rumors

In response to rumors about Williams’ health, her care team released a statement confirming her diagnosis of primary progressive aphasia and frontotemporal dementia (FTD). Her son, Kevin Hunter Jr., attributed her condition to heavy alcohol consumption, highlighting the long-term impact of alcohol on cognitive functions and daily life.

According to her son, Kevin Hunter Jr., the heavy alcohol consumption is what led to her diagnosis. 

“[Doctors] basically said that because she was drinking so much, it was starting to affect her headspace and her brain,” Kevin, 23, explained during the Sunday, February 25, episode of the two-part series. “So, I think they said it was alcohol-induced dementia,” Hunter Jr,. said.


According to Healthline, alcohol-related dementia is a cognitive impairment resulting from prolonged heavy alcohol consumption. This condition can lead to brain damage, impairing an individual’s ability to perform everyday tasks, such as cooking and managing finances.

Experts indicate a potential link between alcohol-induced dementia and frontotemporal dementia (FTD). Chronic alcohol abuse can cause brain damage, particularly in the frontal lobe, which is also implicated in FTD. While genetics can play a role in FTD, alcohol abuse, especially later in life, can also be a trigger.

Although alcohol-related dementia can be reversible if detected early, permanent brain damage may ensue if the individual does not abstain from alcohol, as reported by PEOPLE.

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