The no-nonsense talk show host handles hot topics at home, too.
You work with your husband, Kevin, on The Wendy Williams Show. What’s that like?
Kevin is one of the show’s executive producers and also my manager. But when we met 18 years ago, he was simply a guy and I was a girl. We have a great working relationship. We commute into work together every morning—we sing with the radio, talk about the show or discuss our favorite subject, our son, Kevin Jr. [age 11].
With both your hectic schedules, how do you manage at home?
I’m the primary family caregiver. I know when Little Kev needs his braces tightened, and I go to parent/teacher conferences. And like most moms, I feel like I’m constantly filling out forms for school!
You’re such a good communicator, so how do you handle hot topics with your son?
Both my husband and I talk to him constantly. And we listen to him. There’s not a question I won’t answer. Nothing’s taboo, and because of that, we have a great relationship.
Now in season four, how have the show and you changed?
It’s really been a transformation for both. We’re in a brand-new studio, and we’re all feeling more confident in our roles. I’m ready to stretch my wings a bit—for a while, I’ve wanted to add layers to the show, and I also wanted to get back into writing. So I now have a two-book deal that I’m very excited about. The first book will be Ask Wendy: The Relationship Book.
I’m honored that people use me as a sounding board for their problems.
How do you and your family celebrate Black History Month?
For me, every day is Black History Month. As a black woman, I wear our history right here on my shoulder; it’s as important to me as being a woman. when I was growing up, we had a photo of Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr., in our house. We have one now, too, but it’s one my son drew in kindergarten, which is even more meaningful because of that.
What’s your greatest career satisfaction?
I love having someone—whether a celebrity or a “regular” person—warm up to me and tell her story. At the end of the day, I just love to put on a fabulous wig and some good lipstick, teeter out onto the stage in super-high heels and share stories with the world.
Wendy’s Girlfriend Tips
Choose your circle well. Don’t listen to every mom, because your experiences won’t be the same. Pick friends in the same area as you—at both school and work. They’ll get what you’re going through.
Share the goods. I love giving people the facts they need to make their lives better. From the best math tutor to where you can get a great deal on a dress, I dish it all.
Have her back. Sure, everyone is busy, but never be too swept up in your own life to make time for your girlfriends. Like any good relationship, invest the time to nurture it.
Ask for help. No one, especially a working mom, can do it all alone. Don’t be afraid to ask for help for fear you’ll look weaker; it actually makes you stronger—and more relatable
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