Wendy reveals she has been living in a sober house for drug addiction
Wendy Williams revealed on her TV show today that she's been living in a sober house as part of her struggle against addiction.
The 54-year-old TV personality and former radio host made the tearful announcement on her daytime syndicated talk show, "The Wendy Williams Show."
“I have been living in a sober house. … You know I’ve had a struggle with cocaine in the past,” she said on The Wendy Williams Show. “I never went to a place to get treatment … there are people in your family, it might be you … I want you to know more of the story.”
She added that her husband Kevin Hunter was the only person who knew she was seeking treatment.
Williams said that every day after filming her show in New York City she goes to various meetings with other individuals struggling with addiction around the tri-state area. She said she is then driven to the sober home by her 24-hour sober coach.
Williams did not detail the nature of her addiction.
She said she has fought a cocaine addiction in the past, adding that she doesn't know how she stopped "except God was just sitting on my shoulder and I just stopped."
Former “Today” co-host Tamron Hall, who’s set to launch a talk show of her own in September, tweeted, Proud of @WendyWilliams for taking this major step! Her journey will inspire so many people in the same situation… using her voice for good.”
CNN anchor Don Lemon praised the 54-year-old talk show host — who has been open about her past drug abuse — for her bravery in coming forward. “I say bravest woman I know. @WendyWilliams finally speaks her truth about recovery. #WendyWilliams #TheHunterFoundation,” Lemon tweeted.
Andy Lassner, the executive producer of “The Ellen Show,” said Williams’ admission will inspire others to seek treatment. “I love @WendyWilliams for sharing her truth because it will help others,” he wrote.
Even Oprah Winfrey’s former chef, Art Smith, praised Williams. “@WendyWilliams thank you for being brave and honest about addiction.Yourtransparency has opened thousands of lives. XO,” he wrote.
“The View” co-host Meghan McCain showed her support for Williams, saying what she did was not “for the weak of heart.” “Sending strength and love to you @WendyWilliams – speaking your truth and showing your struggle and darkness on national television is not for the weak of heart,” McCain tweeted.
Her revelation comes after she took a 2-month hiatus from her eponymous TV show. Upon her return, she revisited her past struggles with drugs but said her absence was because of her Graves’ disease. She didn’t officially say on Tuesday that she relapsed.
If you or someone you know is in need of help, please contact the SAMHSA substance abuse helpline at 1-800-662-HELP.