Wendy Williams’ net worth has been estimated to be in the millions of dollars.
Wendy Williams has a net worth of $20 million. She is an American television host, businesswoman, media personality, and author. Since 2008, she has been the host of “The Wendy Williams Show,” a nationally syndicated television talk show.
Wendy Williams’ hourly rate is based on the number of episodes she appears in.
Wendy Williams earns $10 million per year on The Wendy Williams Show. She shoots 180 episodes in a year on average. This equates to a salary of $55,000 per episode.
Wendy Williams was born in Asbury Park, New Jersey on July 18, 1964. Shirley and Thomas Williams had three children, and she was the second of the three. The family relocated to Ocean Township, NJ, when Wendy was five years old. She went to Northeastern University from 1982 to 1986 after graduating from Ocean Township High School. She earned a Bachelor of Science in communications from Northeastern University and worked as a DJ for WRBB, the college radio station.
Career as a DJ
WVIS, in the Virgin Islands, was her first professional radio job. She then went on to work at WRKS in New York City as a substitute DJ. Williams landed a job as an afternoon host at WOL in Washington, DC, a year later. Wendy quickly rose through the ranks to become one of the station’s most popular full-time DJs, hosting the most crucial drive-time shift. Wendy moved to NYC’s Hot 97 urban station after a format change in 1994, where she stayed from 1994 to 1998. In 1998, she was fired and then hired by WUSL, a Philadelphia television station. Wendy found her stride at this particular station. She met her future husband Kevin Hunter, who also happened to be her agent, while she was in Philadelphia.
Her show went on to become nationally syndicated. Her open and honest discussions about her miscarriages, former drug addiction, and breast enhancement surgery boosted her popularity, and she helped the station jump from 14th to second place in the ratings. She returned to NYC in 2001 to host a full-time syndicated 4-hour show on WBLS. Wendy’s radio career was launched after she had a wild interview with Whitney Houston. Wendy stepped down from her radio show in 2009 to pursue a television career. She was already a member of the National Radio Hall of Fame at the time.
Showtime with Windy Williams
Wendy Williams is best known as the host of “The Wendy Williams Show,” a popular syndicated television show.
In 2008, Debmar-Mercury offered Williams a six-week trial of her own talk show. “The Wendy Williams Show” premiered in July 2008, and after receiving positive reviews, Fox signed a deal with Debmar-Mercury to broadcast it nationally. BET also acquired the cable rights to air the show at night, and in 2010, BET International began airing the show in 54 countries. Her show has a large audience, with an average of 2.4 million viewers per day. It has aired over 1,500 episodes over the course of ten seasons as of this writing. The talk show was ranked No. 1 in the U.S. demographic of women 25-54 during the November 2015 sweeps.
Williams had to take an unusual amount of time off in February 2019 due to complications from Graves’ disease. Until Wendy returned on March 4, 2019, guest hosts such as Nick Cannon filled in for her. In the spring of 2020, The Wendy Williams Show will be in its 12th season. Wendy: The Wendy Williams Show earned Williams Daytime Emmy nominations for Outstanding Entertainment Talk Show Host in 2015 and 2016. She received a People’s Choice Award nomination in 2016 for Favorite Daytime TV Host.
Career in Acting
Williams has dabbled in stand-up comedy and has appeared in television, films, and theatre. Martin, One Life to Live, and Dancing with the Stars have all featured her. Wendy also appeared in two sequels to Act Like a Lady, Think Like a Man.
In 2014, Williams embarked on a stand-up comedy tour across the United States. The Wendy Williams Sit Down Tour: Too Real for Standup, a 12-city comedy tour, launched in 2015.
Wendy Williams Productions, which she co-founded with her husband Kevin, is a reality TV production company.
Personal Issues and Divorce
Williams has been candid about her hyperthyroidism and Graves’ disease health issues. Wendy has been married twice, the first time for 5 months and the second for a year and a half, with the first marriage ending in a separation and a year and a half of divorce proceedings.
In November of 1997, she married Kevin Hunter. Kevin Jr. was born in 2000, and he is the couple’s second child. Wendy’s manager was Kevin in the end. Kevin Hunter is accused of cheating on Wendy several times. He was also accused of being physically abusive and controlling at times.