Is Wendy Williams on the cusp of a comeback?
According to a new report, the media maven’s return to the spotlight may indeed be on the horizon – with both a twist and a high price tag.
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As widely reported, Willaims’ daytime talk show is set to end next month after her prolonged absence no longer made its continuation viable. Guest host Sherri Shephard has nabbed a series of her own – helmed by largely the same team – that will debut in the Fall.
Now, it appears the star is plotting a comeback that will bring her to the booming digital sphere.
Citing sources allegedly close to developments, The Sun shared that the 57-year is at the center of a bidding war for a major podcast.
It’s claimed that there are big-money deals on the table from both Spotify and iHeart Media.
Per the report, Williams knows her worth and is not holding back. A source said:
“She sees Joe Rogan has a $100million podcast deal, and now she wants that kind of money.”
Word is that there is some concern about the oft-uncertain nature of Williams’ health, conduct, and life at large.:
“The people at iHeart don’t like controversy, so the best place for her is Spotify. They like the wild cards, but even at Spotify they don’t give you the money unless you prove yourself first, and Wendy wants money upfront.”
Time will tell how it all plays out.
But it’s easy to see why a ‘Wendy’ podcast – even at the ideation stage – has such magnetic appeal.
She made her name as one of the most cutting-edge voices on the radio and went on to dominate the television landscape with a refined yet still thoroughly entertaining approach that was still uniquely…her.
A podcast, in many ways, would represent a full circle moment – serving up something familiar while also positioning Wendy in the thick of the contemporary climate. All the while allowing for more of the edginess she was originally renowned for.
So, while she’s teased the notion of a TV comeback (which sources say isn’t actually plausible), we’re much more intrigued about this possible podcast.