The rigors of her newly launched daily TV talk show have made the self-proclaimed “Queen of All Media” decide to curtail one medium. Wendy Williams says her daily radio show will end after July 31st.
“The Wendy Williams Experience” originates at Inner City’s WBLS-FM New York and is syndicated to nine other stations. She announced the decision to focus exclusively on television in an appearance on WNYW-TV (Fox) New York. The station carries here new TV show, “The Wendy Williams Show,” which launched on July 13th.
“I want to tell all of my fans that after July 31st, I will no longer be doing a show with WBLS. I really was blessed to have a broadcast home in NY on radio for the past 7 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,” said Williams.
WNYW quoted WBLS GM Deon Levingston as saying the station was sadden to lose the popular personality, but that he understood what is required to do a daily live TV show and wished Williams “all the best in this new venture.”
Just this week Monica Crowley announced a similar decision, ending her daily radio show to focus on growing TV career opportunities. She, however, is continuing a weekend radio show.
RBR/TVBR observation: It’s not impossible. Sean Hannity does a radio show and a TV show every day. It was too much for Bill O’Reilly, who gave up the radio side. Conversely, Rush Limbaugh nixed the TV side a few years back. So it can be done, but it is just a lot of stress and time-consuming work to do both on a daily basis. Wendy has her big break to do national television and we understand why she has made this decision.