With the launch of her new daytime talk show last week, popular media personality Wendy Williams has decided to call her longtime radio career quits for TV.
She announced the move Thursday (July 23) that she would be leaving her daily radio show on July 31 to focus on her syndicated show, “The Wendy Williams Show,” full-time.
“We are saddened to lose one of our most popular personalities,” noted Deon Levingston, Vice President and General Manager of WBLS. “But we understand what it requires to put a live show on television each and every day and wish Wendy all the best in this new venture.”
As a prominent radio personality since 2002, Williams’ brash, no-holds-barred style has catapulted her to the top of her profession. Now, she hopes to continue building her brand via the TV medium.
“I want to tell all of my fans that after July 31, I will no longer be doing a show with WBLS,” Williams said in a statement. “I really was blessed to have a broadcast home in New York on radio for the past seven years and I want to thank everyone who supported me. I have one of the best jobs in the world, making a difference in the lives of my fans made all the difference to me and I look forward to doing the same thing in my new role as a TV host. My hope is that you will do your best to find me on your remote so I can continue to entertain and inform you each and every day.”
Williams was recently nominated as a potential inductee to the National Radio Hall of Fame. Her TV show has been shown nationally in syndication and on BET since July 13, following a trial run that was shown last summer in New York, Los Angeles, Dallas and Detroit.
Her radio show has consistently rated as one of the highest rated programs on WBLS, despite its controversial tone.