Wendy Williams is getting real about the unceremonious end to her talk show.
"[The show's syndication company Debmar-Mercury] didn't ask me to do that, so I didn't," she said when asked why wasn't present for the series finale. "I sat in my apartment and I watched it. And [I was] like, 'Eek!'"
Williams continued, "Debmar-Mercury, in my opinion, should have done it with [me], not these other people on The Wendy Williams Show. Except for Fat Joe."
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Before the start of season 13 last year, Williams had to delay her return date twice after enduring a series of ongoing health issues. But the show eventually went on without her, with Shepherd, Leah Remini, Michael Rapaport, Whitney Cummings and Terrence J assuming guest-hosting duties over the months.
Shepherd, 55, proved to be a fan favorite, even hitting season-high ratings when she took over in November. In the midst of this success, Shepherd landed her own talk show, Sherri, which premiere Sept. 12.
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"I've always dreamed about this," she recently told PEOPLE of having her own show. "I always wanted something where I could make people laugh, that's always been my why, to make people feel good."
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"I've got enough money to do something else, and what I've never done — podcast," she told TMZ in June. "Which, by the way, podcasts, everyone has. But when you're famous, podcasts will make more money for me, being famous, than doing The Wendy Williams Show."