Wendy Williams 'will bounce back stronger than ever,' friend claims after star is hospitalized for 'psychiatric issues'

WENDY Williams' friend and star on her talk show, Jason Lee, feels she'll bounce back better than ever and described her as a "fighter" after she was hospitalized for a psychological evaluation.

The season premiere date for The Wendy Williams Show was pushed back as the 57-year-old host continues to struggle with her health.

However, insiders say she'll be back on screen on October 4, despite concerns she was "drinking every day" before being taken to hospital.

Jason, who runs Hollywood Unlocked, exclusively told The Sun: "I haven't talked to her personally [since she was hospitalized], but I've reached out to her manager and he told me that she's getting better.

"I think she will bounce back because I know how much she loves the show and her audience and we need her. 

"She's a fighter. I mean, she's fought through a marriage that was challenging. She fought through and came out on top.

"She got her kid into college, made sure that he is successful and Kevin is doing great. She's become the number one talk show host in the country because of her pure talent."

Aside from her health issues, Wendy also finalized her divorce from Kevin Hunter in 2019 after 22 years of marriage amid claims he cheated on her.

They share one son together, Kevin Jr., 21.

Jason went out: "I really think the show is her life. She really loves her audience and when Covid happened and she didn't have the audience there, she was really not happy about that.

"She's been very open about her medical challenges and walking with her disease [lymphedema] has been a challenge.

"I think right now I'm really hoping that Wendy pulls through it all, whatever it all is, and that the people around her are supporting her and giving her the space she needs to heal.

"I think it's a good time for Wendy and I think it's also a good time for people to acknowledge when it's okay to take a break, it's time that we all [realize we] have to take a mental checkout and I think that's what she's doing." 


He went on: "I do know that my folks over there that do the show care about Wendy, the way that we all do and that they made sure that she's ready to return.

"I hope that Wendy knows when she's ready to return, so we can only trust Wendy. And I don't think that she would go back to work if she wasn't ready.

"I mean, October 4th is when it looks like that's going to happen and I'll be right there with my tea waiting to see Wendy."

Flirtatious Wendy previously complemented her guest and entertainment reporter Jason as "a good-looking man."

The daytime talk show host also asked if he's "alone" in his hotel.


Wendy began: "First of all Jason, everyone who walked out here to comb my hair and retouch makeup and stuff looked at the screen and said, damn he looks good."

Jason added he lost 76lbs, and told the star he's feeling great.

Wendy agreed, saying: "You're a very good-looking man. So you're over there in the hotel by yourself."

Jason joked: "Yeah I flew all the way in to see the queen of daytime TV and hopefully take you to dinner but you rejected me, and I understand."

He has appeared on the show a number of times, and described it as a "family affair," despite claims staff have enabled Wendy's drinking in recent months and chose to stay silent.

Jason revealed to The Sun: "Those people love her, they work hard, they’re all great people from the production down to the people on the floor.


"But if Wendy's feels like she's ready, if her doctor says that she's clear, her staff have a job to do, she has a job to do. Why shouldn't she do it?

"Wendy is a cultural icon in our country and around the world. She's really been the blueprint for me and a lot of people that do what we do.

"I have been on this show several times and I have a personal relationship with her. We also honored her when she got her star in Hollywood. 

"And then she recently just had her lifetime movie play out that I thought was really, really great."

He added: "The documentary was very powerful. We saw some of her vulnerabilities. And again, I think when people are vulnerable and allow you to see that side of them, I don't think it's fair to turn around and take advantage of that by saying that they're one foot in the grave."

The Sun first broke the news that Wendy had been struggling with addiction leading up to her hospitalization for psychiatric issues earlier this month.


"Wendy was drinking every day, even while filming the show," an insider revealed. 

Despite acknowledging her struggles with addiction, the source said: "Wendy drinks every day and the only time she was sober was when she was at the sober house."

They added: "Her staffers are worried but no one is ever going to speak up because they don't want to lose their jobs.  

"She's an alcoholic. A bad one. She doesn't need a talk show, she needs help."

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