‘Wendy Williams Show’ to air final episode Friday without its eponymous host

The lights are dimming on “The Wendy Williams Show” this week.

A spokesperson for the talk show confirms to Page Six that its final episode will air Friday after 13 seasons.

“The final original episode of ‘The Wendy Williams Show’ will air on Friday, June 17, with a video tribute to the iconic host,” the statement says. “The series comes to an end after 13 successful years in syndication.”

Williams, 57, will not make an appearance for her eponymous show’s sign-off.

Variety was the first to report the news.

Page Six exclusively reported in May that “Wendy” show staffers had been agonizing over how to bring her back for the finale.

“People want her to come back. … A lot of people — especially the mid and low-level producers — signed up for the job because of Wendy. It feels like it’s just going to end [without her]. It’s weird,” an insider shared at the time.

Christopher J. Hanke and Wendy Williams talking on "The Wendy Williams Show."
The show will air a video tribute in Williams’ honor.
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Meanwhile, another source told us that staffers are still traumatized over Williams’ allegedly erratic behavior in recent years, which, coupled with health issues including Graves’ disease, resulted in her being absent from the 2021-2022 season.

“There have been days where people thought they wouldn’t have a job because she wouldn’t show up to work, so this idea that there’s some conundrum? No,” they said.

Sherri Shepherd hosting "The Wendy Williams Show."
Sherri Shepherd will launch “Sherri” in the fall in Williams’ time slot.
Jason DeCrow/The Wendy Williams

While the show featured various guest hosts including Michael Rapaport and Leah Remini in recent months, former “The View” panelist Sherri Shepherd proved so successful as a fill-in that production company Debmar-Mercury is replacing Williams’ show with “Sherri,” which will premiere in the fall.

“This is my time,” Shepherd declared in the first promo for her show. “It is my lifelong dream to have my own show, and it is finally happening.”

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