Popular radio talk show host Wendy Williams has announced she is hanging up her microphone for good, to focus on her new television show.
Williams announced that she will leave her position at WBLS at the end of this month and end her Wendy Williams Experience radio show.
She will devote all of her time to The Wendy Williams Show, which launched on July 13 and airs daily on Fox 5 in New York and Fox 11 in Los Angeles.
“I want to tell all of my fans that after July 31st, 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 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.”
Williams, who calls herself Queen of All Media, was recently nominated as a potential inductee into the National Radio Hall of Fame, launched her career in 1989.
She gained notoriety in New York radio with her gossip, drawing the wrath of numerous celebrities along the way, including Whitney Houston, Tupac Shakur, Sean Diddy Combs, Method Man and others.
Williams radio show went into syndication in 2001, when she returned to WBLS and New York radio after a stint at Philadelphias Power 99FM.
We are saddened to lose one of our most popular personalities, said 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.