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Lifetime Announces Wendy Williams Biopic That May Include Personal Drama

Mary Scott
Jul 24, 2019
09:34 P.M.

Wendy Williams may be going through a nightmare, but she’s making some money while at it. Lifetime announced on Tuesday that it would be developing a biopic based on Williams’ life and fans may hold their breath for some of the personal drama she’s been going through lately.

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According to PEOPLE, Lifetime stated that the biopic would reveal the “highs and lows [Williams] has experienced throughout her show.”

An official press release further explained:

“The authorized project provides a revealing look at Wendy’s journey, from her scrappy upstart days in urban radio to the success of her own syndicated talk show. Despite all the naysayers and obstacles Wendy encountered throughout her life, her strength and determination have allowed her to thrive.”

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Wendy Williams at Build Studio on April 17, 2017 in New York City. |Photo: Getty Images

Wendy Williams at Build Studio on April 17, 2017 in New York City. |Photo: Getty Images

The 55-year-old talk show host has signed on as executive producer for the biopic, which is set to go into production this fall and air in 2020.

Will Packer Media, the producer behind the 2017 comedy “Girls Trip,” will be producing Williams’ biopic while writer Leigh Davenport will pen the script. The film will also debut alongside a documentary about the TV diva’s life.

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HER WHIRLWIND YEAR

Williams has had quite the turbulent year, starting with a break from her eponymous show for over two months due to complications from Graves’ disease.

In April, less than a month after her return, Williams filed for divorce from her husband of 21 years, Kevin Hunter, who allegedly welcomed a love-child with longtime mistress Sharina Hudson.

(Happier Times) Kevin Hunter, Wendy Williams & their son Kevin Hunter Jr. in New York City on July 11, 2017 | Photo: Getty Images

(Happier Times) Kevin Hunter, Wendy Williams & their son Kevin Hunter Jr. in New York City on July 11, 2017 | Photo: Getty Images

NEW BEGINNINGS

Parting ways with Hunter, 46, also meant Williams had to cut off business ties they had formed over the years. She fired him as her manager and executive producer and then dissolved the non-profit organization they co-founded.

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Although Williams has gotten emotional over the situation on several occasions, she appears to be doing her best to move on. Earlier this month, she announced on her show that there is a new man in her life.

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HEALTH CHALLENGES

“I’m not on the market anymore,” Williams said, disclosing that the mystery man is a black doctor in his 50s. “I don’t know how I’m doing! I’m not in love, but there’s somebody that I’m crazy about.”

The former radio personality has also had her fair share of health troubles, from Graves’ disease to addiction, and recently, Lymphedema, which causes her ankles to swell.

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She shared the latest diagnosis with her show audience a few weeks ago:

“Lymphedema, by the way, I’ve been diagnosed. It’s not going to kill me, but I do have a machine — and how dare you talk about the swelling of it all. It’s Lymphedema.”

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MAKING THE MOST OF IT

According to WebMD, Lymphedema is a swelling that is caused by a collection of too much lymph fluid, sometimes causing pain and impairing movement in the affected areas. Lymphedema has no cure as of now, but it can be managed.

Remaining upbeat about her diagnosis, Williams revealed that she has a machine that helps manage the swelling and that the device has become quite a hit at parties.

You can’t say Williams isn't turning her lemons into lemonade, and if this new biopic doesn’t embody that expression, we don’t know what does.

Congratulations, Wendy!

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