Wendy Williams honored her beloved mother, Shirley Williams, after confirming the sad news of her death on December 7. The talk show host reminisced about their special friendship and “girly” mother/daughter connection, during Monday’s show.
As reported—news of Shirley’s death broke on Sunday, with numerous family and friends sharing their condolences. Mama Shirley’s passing occurred just before the debut of Wendy Williams’ biopic — scheduled to be available on Lifetime next month.
Wendy, 56, remembered her mother on Monday, starting her “Hot Topics” segment by clarifying that her mom passed away “many weeks ago.” Wendy promised not to cry, but struggled to hold back tears while explaining that Shirley “passed away beautiful and peacefully and surrounded by love.” While the talk show host did not reveal the cause of her mother’s death, she shared that she “didn’t suffer, not one bit.”
“My mom passed away many, many, many, many weeks ago,” Wendy said. “You know how you lose track of the day and time? All I know was it was a long time ago. The five of us, my mom, dad, my siblings [Wanda and Thomas Williams], the five of us — she will always be here.”
Wendy described her special relationship with Shirley, which grew stronger in the 1980s after she left home to attend college at Northeastern University in Boston, Massachusetts.
“My mom and I, our relationship became closer and closer when I went to college. Our relationship was like that of two teenage girls — 17, if I could pick an age,” she shared.
“You know if you have siblings, each of you have different relationships with your mom and dad… Right up until the end, my relationship with my mother was so girly and ridiculously giggly… We would do our nails together and we’d watch Housewives or American Greed,” Wendy said.
Wendy also expressed thankfulness for having Shirley close during most of her adult life.
“Gone is the best mother, the best girlfriend a girl could have. I am fortunate I had her in my life all of my 56 years,” Wendy said, later expressing a desire to remain “strong” for her son, Kevin Hunter Jr., a 20-year-old college student.
“This is his first death. He knows his grandmother passed away, but he doesn’t know this in his life,” she revealed. “My son is looking to me and I’m giving him the strength that he needs.”
Wendy joked about her mother’s love for fashion and Hallmark flicks, and remarked that Shirley “is squeaking at me right now.” She even playfully imitated her mom’s voice, entertaining her audience.
Wendy wrapped the sentimental segment by explaining her countenance to anyone who might critique her delivery.
“It’s not that I don’t cry,” she noted. “I just don’t cry in front of you over this particular thing.”
Wendy also requested that no viewers be seated in the chairs often reserved for mother and father, Thomas Williams. Shirley and Thomas have made numerous appearances on the chat show over the years. Wendy loved to spotlight her parents, who would always be seated in the front row of her live studio audience.
Wendy’s father resides in Florida, where he shared a home with Shirley.