Wendy Williams says she did not authorize Howard Bergman to “make any statements” for her, he questions whether she actually said that.
Wendy Williams has spoken out against anyone talking on her behalf about the ending of her talk show.
Debmar-Mercury, the show’s distributor, stated on Tuesday (Feb. 22) that the Wendy Williams Show will end after 14 seasons. During Wendy’s absence, one of the show’s guest hosts, Sherri Shepherd, will start her new show, “Sherri,” in the fall.
Wendy Williams, on the other hand, denies giving her lawyer, Howard Bergman, permission to speak on her behalf.
Wendy Williams Speaks
“Mr. Bragman although I appreciate your concerns and respect you immensely,” she began via her new Instagram account. “I have not authorized you to make any statements on my behalf regarding my current status with Debmar Mercury. Again thanks for your continuing concern and support.”
Bergman has responded with his own statement, questioning if Wendy Williams wrote the Instagram message.
“I’m not honestly convinced of the source of that social media post,” Bergman told PEOPLE. “So when my old friend Wendy FaceTimes me personally and we alone have a chance to discuss recent events, together we can figure out the best path forward.”
Wendy was objecting to Bergman’s prior statement to PEOPLE, given earlier on Tuesday.
“It’s been a challenging time for Wendy as she deals with her health issues. She is incredibly grateful to Debmar-Mercury, to Sherri and everybody else who has supported the show through this time,” Bragman said in Tuesday’s statement. He also said Wendy understands “you can’t go to the marketplace and sell a show that’s the ‘Maybe Wendy Show.’”
Debmar-Mercury “assured” Wendy Williams that “she would be back on TV” if she recovered her health, according to Bergman.
Meanwhile, Sherri Shepherd paid respect to the original host on Tuesday’s episode of The Wendy Williams Show as she announced her new venture.