Wendy Williams Fans Decry Show's Online Eradication

by Kilian Melloy

EDGE Staff Reporter

Wednesday July 6, 2022

In this Nov. 7, 2014, file photo, TV talk show host Wendy Williams arrives during the 2014 Soul Train Awards in Las Vegas
In this Nov. 7, 2014, file photo, TV talk show host Wendy Williams arrives during the 2014 Soul Train Awards in Las Vegas  (Source:Photo by Omar Vega/Invision/AP, File)

"The Wendy Williams Show" recently came to an end, airing its finale on June 17, but its anticipated afterlife on YouTube — where the show had maintained a channel — has been consigned to oblivion, prompting an outcry from angry fans.

"After 14 years of Hot Topics, The Wendy Williams Show ended June 17 (without Williams herself)," Vulture recounted. "And now we don't even have the memories to look back on, as the show has appeared to delete its YouTube account."

Variety verified that "Searches for the channel through YouTube and various search engines yield no results, potentially making hundreds of hours of clips and features from the series unavailable to view."

But that's not the extent of the show's deletion from the internet. Variety went on to note that "domains such as 'wendywilliamsproductions' and 'wendyshow,' which had previously hosted official resources for the production company and the talk show, respectively, no longer direct to their previous pages."

Instead, "'Wendywilliamsproductions' is listed as available under a Go Daddy auction, while 'wendyshow' pulls up a DNS error," Variety detailed.

Fans of the outspoken personality didn't hold back on their own strongly worded opinions, taking to social media to condemn the show's "erasure," Black America Web noted.

Williams, who suffers from Graves' disease, stepped away from the show due to health issues, reports said.

"Williams' absence this season has remained somewhat of a mystery for her devoted fans," Vulture detailed. "In March of this year, she was placed under a financial guardianship and claimed misconduct by Wells Fargo."

"Since the talk show's conclusion, Williams has appeared in a video interview with TMZ to discuss her health and her ambitions to enter the podcast industry," the article added.

Some on social media expressed shock at Williams' TMZ appearance, and suggested that a power struggle involving a potential conservatorship may be going on behind the scenes.

Kilian Melloy serves as EDGE Media Network's Associate Arts Editor and Staff Contributor. His professional memberships include the National Lesbian & Gay Journalists Association, the Boston Online Film Critics Association, The Gay and Lesbian Entertainment Critics Association, and the Boston Theater Critics Association's Elliot Norton Awards Committee.