Wendy Williams’ family breaks silence on her sobriety, health

Wendy Williams’ family has spoken out on the health issues the former talk show host has reportedly faced behind the scenes in recent years — including alcoholism and Graves’ disease.

The former talk show host’s loved ones spoke to People ahead of the Feb. 24 premiere of the two-night Lifetime special “Where Is Wendy Williams?”

The project, executive produced by Williams, 54, was filmed from summer 2022 until last spring. It was then that the New Jersey native entered a facility to address the “cognitive issues” linked to alcohol use, as her son Kevin Hunter Jr. notes in the film.

“The people who love her cannot see her,” her sister, Wanda, told People. “I think the big [question] is: How the hell did we get here?”

Williams, who is still in said facility, can contact her family but they cannot reach out to her. They tell People they don’t know where she is.

Multiple sources told the magazine that Williams suffered a problem with drinking, with one source from the show saying, “She would be drunk on air.”

“I knew she was struggling,” co-executive producer Suzanne Bass told People. “As her situation grew worse, she pushed us away.”

In addition to battling alcohol addiction, Graves’ disease and lymphedema have added to Williams’ struggles. Graves’ is an autoimmune disorder affecting the thyroid, while lymphedema causes swelling in the feet and legs.

“We’ve all seen the images over the last few months — and, really, few years — of what has seemed like a spiral for my aunt,” Williams’ niece and Wanda’s daughter, Alex Finnie, told People. “It was shocking and heartbreaking to see her in this state.”

Williams’ health and finances have been overseen by an independent legal guardian since May 2022. It’s that guardian’s call whether or when Williams can leave the facility.

While executive producer Mark Ford said those working on the doc regularly wondered whether the project was “helping Wendy or is this hurting her,” they ultimately “felt like it was helping her.

“This is about the guardianship system and how it can be improved,” he told People.

In a trailer for “Where Is Wendy Williams?” the former shock jock tells viewers she has “no money.”

“I’m gonna tell you something: If it happens to me, it could happen to you,” she warns.