Talk show host Wendy Williams was nearly in tears on Wednesday, Jan. 13 when she came out at the top of her show for her infamous Hot Topics. She told the applauding crowd she was emotional because she “got a telegram with good news” and “these are happy tears.”
We now know that the 52-year-old TV talent’s good news is that “The Wendy Williams Show” is being renewed through the 2019-2020 season. That guarantees that Williams will remain on TV three more years on top of her previous renewal.
Her last renewal came in 2013, when her talk show distributor Debmar-Mercury announced they were renewing her syndicated series through the 2016-2017 season.
“The Wendy Williams Show” had very modest beginnings when it launched with a six week sneak peek during the summer of 2008. The show has had continual growth since being cleared nationwide in 2009, particularly showing value to advertisers by being no. 1 in the 18-to-34 demographic.
The former radio shock jock’s ratings growth is contributed to the expansion of the audience favorite “Hot Topics” segment, in addition to the “Hot Talk” panel. Both features allow Williams to showcase her previous radio skills.