Wendy Williams is going on hiatus until January so the talk show host can be with her family following the death of her mother, Shirley Skinner Williams.
“Next week, The Wendy Williams Show will air repeats to allow Wendy to travel and be with her family at this time. The show will return with original episodes on Monday, January 4th. Debmar-Mercury extends its deepest condolences to Wendy and her family,” a spokesperson for the show said in a statement.
Williams announced on her show Monday that her mother, Shirley Williams, had died. You can watch the video above.
“You know how during corona … people starving, people out of jobs, just in everybody’s life there’s something new, and you know how you lose track of the day and date, and the times? All I know is that it was a long time ago,” Williams said. “She passed away beautifully and peacefully and surrounded by love. She didn’t suffer, not one bit, thank goodness.”
The show will return with new episodes on Jan. 4, 2021.
Wendy Williams, 56, revealed on the Dec 7 episode, that her mother had passed away at home, surrounded by her family. She did not reveal her cause of death but noted that she died “beautifully and peacefully and surrounded by love. She didn’t suffer, thank God.”
Wendy Williams left a seat open in the audience to honor her mother, who would occasionally stop by the show for a chat.
“Gone is the best mother, the best girlfriend that a girl could ever have,” she added. “I feel fortunate that I had her in my life all of my 56 years because people in my age bracket — many of you, throughout the years — (say,) ‘You’re really lucky to have your mom and dad together in a happy marriage.’”
The nationally syndicated Wendy Williams Show is produced and distributed by Debmar-Mercury and has been renewed through the 2021-2022 season by the Fox Television Stations.