Sherri Shepherd has paid tribute to Wendy Williams as an icon.
The actress, 55, who’s completely taking on Williams’ TV timeslot, visitor hosted the final episode of the as soon as standard daytime discuss present on Friday, marking the top of its 13-year run.
Shepherd opened the farewell present – from which Williams was manifestly absent – by hailing it as a “large day”.
She added: “Most of all, we’ve got to thanks, Wendy Williams. It’s a must to say – there may be no one like Wendy Williams. From her days on the radio, to ruling daytime discuss for 13 seasons, Wendy earned her title because the queen of all media.
“If you concentrate on it, Wendy Williams modified daytime discuss along with her distinctive tackle ‘Sizzling Matters’, her one-of-a-kind movie star interviews, the signature ‘As Wendy’ segments and, after all y’all, her well-known ‘The way you doin?’”
She continued in a private message for 57-year-old Williams: “And I wanna say: Miss Wendy you might be an icon and you might be cherished by so many, so many.”
Her tribute prompted a refrain of “Wendy” chants, with the ultimate present additionally that includes a video montage of Williams’ daytime TV reign.
The ultimate episode aired at some point after Williams’ ex Kevin Hunter, 49, slammed the manufacturing firm behind the present for his or her dealing with of the collection’ ultimate episode.
He advised Leisure Tonight: “I really feel like it’s a travesty on the a part of Debmar-Mercury to have such an unceremonious departure with out Wendy being concerned.
“It’s the first time within the historical past of discuss exhibits for this to be performed, particularly for a present that has been on for greater than 10 years.
“There may be completely no purpose why a much bigger celebration that concerned Wendy couldn’t occur.
“I do know the blood, sweat and tears that went into making the present so successful, (and) I’m not pleased with the way in which the present goes out on a private degree and I’m actually sorry that the present’s followers need to see it go down the way in which that it’s.”
Williams had been on an indefinite go away from internet hosting as a consequence of well being points and never filmed a single episode this season.
It was introduced in February Shepherd can be given a daytime discuss present titled ‘Sherri’.