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Wendy Williams shared plans to make ‘big comeback on TV’ and get ‘my money back’ over dinner

Over dinner with friends in New York this week, Wendy Williams reportedly shared her plans to make a ‘big TV comeback’ and regain control of her finances.

The 57-year-old went on hiatus from her talk show last summer and was repeatedly forced to delay her return due to her health issues, to the point she has now officially lost her time slot to her guest host Sherri Shepherd. 

In January, Wells Fargo locked Wendy out of her accounts, branding her an ‘incapacitated person’ who needed a guardianship after her financial advisor allegedly claimed she was ‘of unsound mind.’

However a Page Six insider says that while out to dinner in New York this Wednesday, Wendy declared: ‘I’m getting my money back very soon.’

Optimistic: Over dinner with friends in New York this week, Wendy Williams reportedly shared her plans to make a 'big TV comeback'; she is pictured on her Instagram this month

Optimistic: Over dinner with friends in New York this week, Wendy Williams reportedly shared her plans to make a ‘big TV comeback’; she is pictured on her Instagram this month

Her dinner party reportedly included her niece Alex Finnie, the niece’s boyfriend Eric Houston and entertainment anchor Baruch Shemtov.

Wendy’s restaurant of choice was Fresco By Scotto, a popular New York eatery co-owned by Good Day New York star Rosanna Scotto.

Rosanna, whose father and maternal grandfather were both in the Gambino mafia family, ‘greeted Wendy warmly’ at the restaurant according to a Page Six source.

In pictures obtained by Page Six, Wendy was seen smiling cheerfully and heading into her Suburban completely unassisted – a far cry from when she was spotted being pushed around in a wheelchair in New York late last year.

Improvement?: Wendy walked unassisted from dinner this Wednesday - a far cry from when she was spotted being pushed around in a wheelchair in New York late last year (pictured)

Improvement?: Wendy walked unassisted from dinner this Wednesday – a far cry from when she was spotted being pushed around in a wheelchair in New York late last year (pictured) 

By this week a source divulged: ‘She’s ready to get back to work. When you hear her talk… anyone who’s known her for years, knows they’re getting a Wendy who’s ready to work. She’s really in good form.’

One eyewitness described her as looking ‘vibrant’ at Fresco By Scotto, which she has promoted on The Wendy Williams Show.

‘She looks great. No one was helping her. It was very different from the person who we’ve seen in the wheelchair. She was walking by herself. No one helped her get in her car. She climbed right in and it was a Suburban.’

An insider spilled: ‘The main thing right now is the finances. That is her focus. Things are in the works. She is coming back to TV and she is getting her money back.’

Blithe spirit: Williams' former financial advisor claimed she was 'of unsound mind,' and the host later said she hadn't been able to pay her bills or mortgage because of the hold; seen in 2019

Blithe spirit: Williams’ former financial advisor claimed she was ‘of unsound mind,’ and the host later said she hadn’t been able to pay her bills or mortgage because of the hold; seen in 2019

To hear one source tell it she will be spending the ‘foreseeable future’ in New York, having earlier stayed at a wellness center in Miami.

‘She’s planting her roots back in New York and you’ll see a lot more of her. She’s very comfortable, and is enjoying life again. She took some time off and now she’s “out with the old and in with the new.” It’s like a rebirth.’

Wendy’s counsel has alleged in court papers that she was frozen out of her accounts after Lori Schiller, her financial advisor at Wells Fargo, expressed concerns.

Wells Fargo itself has argued in court that they had ‘strong reason to believe’ Wendy ‘is the victim of undue influence and financial exploitation.’

'I want to see all my money': In March Wendy went on Good Morning America to discuss her financial situation - though she declined to appear on camera and spoke over the phone

‘I want to see all my money’: In March Wendy went on Good Morning America to discuss her financial situation – though she declined to appear on camera and spoke over the phone

Wendy has accused Lori in court documents of ‘malfeasance’ and ‘improper conduct,’ but Wells Fargo stood behind the financial advisor, calling her ‘a 23-year veteran of the financial services industry with an unblemished record.’

In March Wendy went on Good Morning America to discuss her financial situation – though she declined to appear on camera and gave her interview over the phone. 

Wendy maintained during the interview she was ‘absolutely’ of sound mind, adding that allegations to the contrary were ‘crazy.’ 

‘I want to see all my money that I’ve worked hard for my entire life. I don’t lie, I don’t cheat and I don’t steal. I am an honest, hard working person,’ she said.

Firing up social media: In late March this year, Wendy posted an Instagram video slamming her former manager Bernie Young, who has filed to be declared her legal guardian

Firing up social media: In late March this year, Wendy posted an Instagram video slamming her former manager Bernie Young, who has filed to be declared her legal guardian

She also issued a message ‘to my Wendy watchers – keep watching because I’m going to be back on the Wendy show bigger and brighter than ever.’ 

With regards to how her situation at Wells Fargo soured, Wendy said that ‘I want to spend more time with my family. And, you know, working out and waiting for the responses to my money situation and Wells Fargo. And they don’t like that.’ 

A member of Wendy’s team hopped on the call to discuss the matter, saying: ‘There was an individual internal to Wells Fargo that Wendy worked with.’

The person on Wendy’s team added: ‘Wendy wanted to have her son begin to come in and have a little bit more say so and get a little bit of knowledge as to the inner runnings of Wendy Williams, so the person that was there was going to be losing some of the access to Wendy that she had prior and I don’t think that she liked that.’

Throwback: The 57-year-old went on hiatus from her talk show last summer and was repeatedly forced to delay her return due to her health issues

Throwback: The 57-year-old went on hiatus from her talk show last summer and was repeatedly forced to delay her return due to her health issues 

Wendy shares her son Kevin Jr., 21, with her ex-husband and former manager Kevin Hunter, whom she left after his longtime mistress Sharina Hudson had his baby. 

In late March this year, Wendy posted an Instagram video slamming her former manager Bernie Young, who has filed to be declared her legal guardian.

She accused Bernie of using her own American Express card to hire an attorney in order to file a legal petition against her.

During the same video she also lambasted Lori, whom she alleged had been significant in having her locked out of her accounts.

New host: It was announced in February that Sherri Shepherd, after a popular guest-hosting run, would officially be taking over Wendy's time slot full time this fall

New host: It was announced in February that Sherri Shepherd, after a popular guest-hosting run, would officially be taking over Wendy’s time slot full time this fall 

Wendy has argued in the past that Wells Fargo’s decision to lock her out of her accounts has left her unable to pay her bills.

However the bank has publicly stated: ‘As we have expressed to the Court, Wells Fargo is open to working with Ms. Williams’ counsel to release funds directly to her creditors for bills historically and regularly paid from her accounts.’

Early this month Wendy posted a cheerful snap of herself to Instagram and captioned: ‘Ready for court,’ which she later changed to just: ‘Ready.’ 

It was announced in February that Sherri, after a popular guest-hosting run, would officially be taking over Wendy’s time slot full time this fall. 

On her show: Wendy recently gave a message 'to my Wendy watchers - keep watching because I'm going to be back on the Wendy show bigger and brighter than ever'

On her show: Wendy recently gave a message ‘to my Wendy watchers – keep watching because I’m going to be back on the Wendy show bigger and brighter than ever’

Wendy’s rep Howard Bragman, who is a famous crisis manager, told People that his client, ‘more than anyone, understands the reality of syndicated television – you can’t go to the marketplace and sell a show that’s the “Maybe Wendy Show.”‘

Howard added: ‘She understands why this decision was made from a business point of view, and she has been assured by Debmar-Mercury that should her health get to a point where she can host again and should her desire be that she hosts again that she would be back on TV at that time.’ 

However Wendy then released a statement on her Insta Stories, writing: ‘MR BRAGMAN ALTHOUGH I APPRECIATE YOUR CONCERNS AND RESPECT YOU IMMENSELY I HAVE NOT AUTHORIZED YOU TO MAKE ANY STATEMENTS ON MY BEHALF REGARDING MY CURRENT STATUS WITH DEBMAR MERCURY. AGAIN THANKS FOR YOUR CONTINUING CONCERN AND SUPPORT.’ 

When Wendy went on Good Morning America the following month she said that ‘my partners with the show, everybody’s ready’ for her to return to television.

‘Well, give me about three months. There are private things that I have to deal with and then I’ll be ready to come back and be free and ready to do my thing.’  

Pals: Wendy is pictured on an old episode of her show with her friend Leah Remini who has also since been one of the personalities to fill in as guest-host

Pals: Wendy is pictured on an old episode of her show with her friend Leah Remini who has also since been one of the personalities to fill in as guest-host

She has not appeared on the entire 13th season of The Wendy Williams Show, which began in October following delays after she got COVID-19.

Wendy also took a hiatus in May 2020 citing her Graves’ disease but returned to the program that September.

In October 2020 DJ Boof, who had worked on the show until not long before, posted an ominous comment about her on Instagram.

‘Y’all have no idea what’s really going on and everyone there is afraid to speak up because they don’t wanna lose their jobs.. this is going to play out bad.. I feel sorry for the workers and victims,’ he wrote in the since-deleted remark. 

Interviewed: Wendy is on Watch What Happens Live With Andy Cohen in January 2021

Interviewed: Wendy is on Watch What Happens Live With Andy Cohen in January 2021

Wendy continued starring on the show through the season 12 finale this past summer – the last episode she taped of the program.

Since October 2021 the talk show has had a series of guest hosts including Sherri Shepherd, Michael Rapaport, Leah Remini and Michelle Visage. 

In November Wendy released a statement telling her public: ‘As everyone knows, my health has been a hot topic. I’m making progress but it’s just one of those things that’s taking longer than we expected.’

She noted: ‘I’m a woman of a certain age, and I know enough to listen to my doctors and will return to my purple chair as soon as we all agree I’m ready.’

Locked out: Wendy, who is pictured last June, last taped an episode of her long-running talk show over the summer of 2021

Locked out: Wendy, who is pictured last June, last taped an episode of her long-running talk show over the summer of 2021

In December a source told The Sun she was ‘crazy jealous’ watching guest hosts ‘and having to sit on the sidelines is eating her up but there’s no way around it. The show must continue and when Sherri’s on, the numbers go up.’ 

Wendy, who also suffers from lymphedema and has been candid about her past addiction issues, was filmed leaving a wellness center in Miami that month.

She walked arm in arm with a man who took her to a car, and she assured an interviewer: ‘Wendy is doing fabulous!’ in a clip posted by The Shade Room

Wendy previously took a health hiatus early in 2018, and then another break in January and February of 2019.

The way they were: She shares her son Kevin Jr., 21, with her ex-husband and former manager Kevin Hunter, whom she is pictured with in 2018 near the end of their marriage

The way they were: She shares her son Kevin Jr., 21, with her ex-husband and former manager Kevin Hunter, whom she is pictured with in 2018 near the end of their marriage

After her return at the beginning of March 2019, she emotionally announced on-air that she had been staying in a ‘sober house.’

The following month, in April 2019, she filed for divorce from Kevin Sr. and in January 2020 she announced the split had been finalized. 

After her marriage was over she claimed Kevin Sr. had wrongly confined her to rehab and that she had not really needed to dry out.

In an interview with DJ Boof’s successor DJ Suss One last year, she said she was ‘locked away in a rehabilitation for something I didn’t have to be rehabbed by.’

Out and about: Wendy is pictured in New York City in late June 2021

Out and about: Wendy is pictured in New York City in late June 2021

Wendy, who was addicted to cocaine when she was a radio shock jock but quit the drug before her days on TV, claimed Kevin Sr. ‘acted like I was losing my mind, going crazy, reverting back to whatever or, you know, on the edge.’

She asserted that in reality the rehab had just been ‘a quiet place to put me’ while Sharina ‘got bigger and bigger and bigger’ as her pregnancy drew to a close.

Shortly after she left her husband in 2019 she tearfully told Entertainment Tonight: ‘I would ask you to respect our privacy but please, I don’t respect people’s privacy. That’s why I do the Hot Topics. So turnabout is a fair game.’

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