Wendy Williams reveals she's living in a sober house in tearful return to talk show
On Tuesday, Wendy Williams returned to her daytime talk show after taking a two-month hiatus. In an emotional monologue, she revealed that she has been living in a sober house to recover from addiction-related issues. Prior to that public confession, the only person aware of her struggle was her husband, Kevin Hunter.
“For some time now, and even today and beyond, I have been living in a sober house," Williams, while fighting back tears. "And you know, I've had a struggle with cocaine in my past and I never went to a place to get the treatment. I don't know how, except God was sitting on my shoulder and I just stopped."
Few would suspect Williams lives in a sober, considering how glamorous she looks on her talk show. However, every day she goes to pilate class and attends sober "meetings around town in the tristate area." Afterward, her 24-hour sober coach picks her up and drives her back to the sober house, where she lives "with a bunch of smelly boys who have become my family."
"They hog the TV and watch soccer, we talk and read and talk and read, and then I get bored with them. Doors locked by 10 p.m. Lights out by 10 p.m.," Williams said. "So I go to my room, and I stare at the ceiling and I fall asleep to wake up and come back here to see you. So that is my truth. I know, either you are calling me crazy or the bravest woman you know. I don't care."
The 54-year-old explained that she decided to open up about addiction because she strives to be a "very truthful and open person." She also plugged The Hunter Foundation, a 24-hour hotline service she recently launched that provides resources for drug education, prevention and rehabilitation programs. According to Williams, the organization has "already successfully placed 56 people in recovery centers around the world."
"There are people in your family, it might be you, who have been struggling, and I want you to know more of the story," the talk show host concluded. "So, this is my autobiographical story, and I'm living it. I'm telling you this."
On Twitter, fans applauded Williams for speaking her truth, seeking help to overcome addiction-related issues, and founding an nonprofit organization to assist others with similar problems. In response to her memorable line, "either you are calling me crazy or the bravest woman you know," CNN's Don Lemon wrote, "I say bravest woman I know."