Wendy Williams has returned to rehab to treat her addiction issues after falling out with her production company Debmar-Mercury, Page Six has learned exclusively.
“It got worse,” shares our source. “She switched from wine to pure vodka.”
It is not known where Williams is receiving treatment, but she previously sought help at centers in Florida and Long Island City, New York.
We’re told Williams’ health and addiction problems worsened after the production company of her former daytime talk show allegedly “refused” to get her help.
“They turned their backs on her,” our source explains now. “They had too much control over someone so vulnerable.”
Williams’ ex-husband Kevin Hunter previously claimed to Page Six that Debmar-Mercury would not engage in any behavior that would take the shock athlete, 58, away from her once iconic purple chair.
“Debmar would not support Wendy’s recovery efforts with the family,” Hunter told us in July. “They didn’t want to sign anything that would help her recovery efforts.”
Hunter, 50, further claimed that Williams’ family attended a type of intervention with Debmar-Mercury during which he and the group discussed how to help Williams with her struggle with alcoholism.
“They sat in the meeting with her whole family, including her now deceased mom, and he wouldn’t sign off on recovery efforts that would help Wendy get well, live and be sober as well,” he told us. “They basically said, ‘If you don’t stop drinking, you’re going to lose the show.'”
“Things are really bad. She’s not the same Wendy… She’s back like crazy and her family in Florida is very worried about her,” a source told Page Six at the time.
Amid the drama in her personal life, Williams’ public life also suffered, when she entered the public battle with her bank, Wells Fargo, after she lost access to her accounts. In response to the drama, her former attorney claimed in a lengthy statement to Page Six that Williams’ former financial advisor, Lori Schiller, he “left” her to “die”.
Schiller never responded to the claims.
Williams has struggled with substance abuse since the beginning of her career. She got sober and stayed that way until late 2018 or early 2019 when her illness seemed to return. In that time, took a break from performing for two months but she claimed it was to treat her Graves’ disease. She later agreed to enter a halfway house to maintain her sobriety.
“Only Kevin knows about this. Not even my parents, nobody. No one knew because I look so glamorous here,” she shared of her treatment center on her show in March 2019. “After I finish my appointments… my 24-hour sobriety coach drives me back to the home where I live. tristate [area] with a bunch of smelly boys who became my family.”
Williams rep confirmed for The Sun of the USA that “How are you?” he is a host at a “wellness facility” to “manage his overall health issues.”