Kevin Hunter is slamming the production company behind former Wendy Williams’ daytime talk show for handling the final episode of the series.
Hunter exclusively tells ET, “I think it’s a derision on the part of Debmar-Mercury for such an unofficial departure without Wendy’s involvement.”
“It’s the first time in talk show history to do this, especially for a show that’s been running for more than 10 years,” he says. “There’s absolutely no reason why there couldn’t be a bigger celebration involving Wendy’s.”
Hunter continues, saying that, as a co-producer on the show, “I know the blood, sweat, and tears that went into making the show so successful, [and] On a personal level, I am not happy with the way the show is going and I am really sorry that the fans of the show have to see the way it has to go down.”
In March, Hunter filed a wrongful termination lawsuit against Debmar-Mercury—the producer-distributor of The Wendy Williams Show – for illegal termination. According to court documents obtained by ET at the time, Hunter had claimed that Debmar-Mercury’s decision to terminate her was based on her marital status.
In his remarks to ET on Thursday, Hunter said the production company “showed a lack of professionalism throughout the process and the way they let Wendy out.”
Hunter claims that the production company has also shown “a lack of health support and maintaining the integrity of something so precious that my ex-wife and I created and worked tirelessly and tirelessly.”
ET has reached out to Debmar-Mercury for comment.
ET can confirm that the final original episode of The Wendy Williams Show The show will air on Friday with a video tribute to the iconic host. The series comes to an end after 13 successful years in syndication. Williams, who has been the show’s original host since its debut in 2009, hasn’t been a host since 2020, when she began battling a series of health concerns and financial issues.
In his absence, several guest hosts, including Fat Joe, Remy Ma, Leah Remini, Michael Rapaport and Sherri Shepherd, have stepped in to talk “hot topics” and interview celebrity guests. In February, it was announced that the show would officially end in the fall, and Shepherd would have his own daytime talk show titled, Sherry,
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