Wendy Williams appears for the first time since a stay at the wellness center: exclusive photos

(Photo: Wendy Williams/Calvin G Productions)

Wendy Williams is doing well these days. After a recent reboot at a wellness center, she made her first public appearance. (Photo: Wendy Williams/Calvin G Productions)

Wendy Williams sparkled in her first public appearance since her stay at the wellness center.

Yahoo Entertainment has exclusive photos of the first Wendy Williams Show host, 58, at her one-time New York City radio station’s annual WBLS Circle of Sisters event on Monday.

“Contrary to what the blogs and tabloids would have people believe, Wendy is recovering wonderfully [and] looks fantastic,” says her publicist, Shawn Zanotti. “Being in the public eye is really what Wendy loves.”

Williams looked ready to dazzle the crowd in a shimmering low-cut jumpsuit with black furry boots. She had all the glamor right down to makeup and straight blonde locks parted in the middle.

The TV and radio personality clearly seemed happy to once again command attention in the center of the room — the first time she’s graced the stage in a long time.

Williams, who retired from her talk show in 2021 amid health issues that subsequently turned into a battle over her finances, talked to the public about personal and professional endeavors.

(Photo: Wendy Williams/Calvin G Productions)

Williams said at the event that she has lymphedema, or tissue swelling, particularly in her feet. “However, I refuse to get into a wheelchair,” she told the audience. (Photo: Wendy Williams/Calvin G Productions)

At first she talked about lymphedema, which is tissue swelling, especially in her feet. “However, I refuse to get into a wheelchair,” Williams told the crowd. (She’s been photographed on several occasions by paparazzi using one.) She also treats Graves’ disease, an autoimmune disorder, which causes overstimulation of the thyroid gland, which can lead to puffy eyes, anxiety, fatigue, insomnia, and elevated blood pressure .

Williams also spoke about her messy exit from her talk show, saying that as much as she loved being in her purple chair, she was “ready to do something new with my life. It really became a burden after 14 years…” because the job was so much more than just getting glammed up to talk about celebrities. She said it took a lot of work to run the show with her name. Now she can do anything she wants, or nothing at all. In the short term, her focus is on podcasting – and she said it will finally take off in a few weeks.

While hosting a podcast, she plans to travel. “I’m going to take a year of my life to fly and do and see things I’ve never done before… while I’m young enough,” she said.

She went on to share her hopes that she will fall in love again, after her acrimonious breakup with Kevin Hunter in 2019, but never wants to get married again.

“I can’t wait to fall in love,” said Williams. “I like men… But… I don’t want to get married. I want him to have had kids already. I want him to be somewhere around my age… [between] 10 years younger than me and maybe 15 years older than me… And then we can do things together, like all of a sudden we want to fly from New York City… to France… to have dinner for two days or whatever , I want to be able. A man who [said], ‘Come on, honey. Let’s do it. Are we flying privately or are we flying public?'”

Williams got visibly emotional during the Q&A at the end when someone praised her for being a trailblazer, especially for black women, and carried on amidst the turmoil and negativity inflicted on her. “There are millions of us behind you holding you up,” the person told Williams. “You keep going, Wendy, you don’t give up.” It took Williams a moment to find the right words, wiping away her tears with a tissue, and she thanked them for their support: “I appreciate you.”

She also said it won’t be her last sit-down like that and promised, “I’ll be back for sure.”

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