Wendy Williams is a media personality, author, and talk show host who's been on The Wendy Williams Show since 2008. She's also a producer and writer. She's appeared in a number of films and television shows, written books (fiction and nonfiction) and even starred in a Broadway production of Chicago.
Her fan base is a mix of people who love her commentary and those who hate it. She says she speaks her truth, which is why her fanbase is so enamored with her.
She's often brutally honest about her guests and about her own life. Her opinions could change wildly from day to day, which makes her unpredictable and compelling to many of her fans.
Her comments on celebrities are often unkind, sometimes cruel. She's mocked Britney Spears, who was murdered in 2010, and made ill-informed jokes about trans athletes, among others.
In the '90s, she made a habit of "outing" rappers and pop stars, including Sean Combs and Whitney Houston. She's also said that Tupac was gay, which he denies, and her gossip landed her in legal trouble with some of her famous friends.
When she's not on the air, Williams spends her time writing a book and touring her stand-up comedy show. She also has her own line of jewelry and wigs.
She has a new book coming out in September and is working on a podcast called The Wendy Experience.
Her health isn't doing well, though. In October, she went to a wellness facility and hasn't been on her talk show since then.