Wendy Williams opens up about a difficult moment when she had been fired

Monica Otayza
Aug 08, 2018
11:21 P.M.
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Now that she is celebrating her 10th year on television, Wendy Williams made sure to connect with her fans who have made this all possible by going on a 10-city tour.


During one of her stops, she shared that before all the glitz and glamour, she lived on the edge of poverty for quite a while. 

As she stopped by Philadelphia to promote the latest season of "The Wendy Williams Show" which premieres on September 10 on Fox 29, Wendy hosted an event at the Fillmore.

It gave her fans a bit of time for some questions and complimentary makeovers. 


Being quite frank about why she agreed to the tour, she said it was because she had a handful of people helping her make it possible. The controversial TV host added:

[The tour] is actually fun in a weird way. I don’t have to be responsible for much except for my delivery as Wendy. There is somebody to carry the wigs. There is somebody to carry the dresses. There is somebody to carry the shoes. The publicist is on the phone making calls. I’m coddled on the road. Otherwise, I could never do this.”


Williams started her career as a radio host in the '90s, working in areas like Washington and New York. However, Philadelphia was an important place for both her personal and professional lives. 

While up until today she is known for her spats with numerous celebrities, it once cost her a job at New York's Hot 97 FM. She moved all the way to Philadelphia, which she said changed her life for the better. 

“I got into a situation in New York radio and had to leave. I came to Philly broken. Successful, but broken. I was the New York-Jersey girl. I wasn’t the Philly-Jersey girl.” 


At first, she felt abandoned by the New York radio community, having to start anew in an entirely different place and with no connections whatsoever.

She had to work on herself again from the bottom up, making her feel as if she was on the brink of poverty. However, Philly turned out to be just the perfect place for her, as it was where she grew personally.

Wendy found a family in her new community, and that's what she needed. When she left Philadelphia four years later, she went with more confidence, a husband, and a son. 


Eventually, Wendy's boldness paid off as she was given a slot on daytime television in 2008. Now, she celebrates her 10th year on TV, saying that the secret to longevity is "a good moisturizer and knowing when to say no." 

“I want my total legacy to be, hopefully, raising a beautiful human being. But the show? It was a whole lot of fun and a whole lot of messy. But you know what? If you squint, you’ll learn something on our show every day.”

Happy 10th anniversary, Wendy!