How Wendy Williams Got Fierce and Fabulous!

Today, she’s a soaring TV star and a happy wife and mother who’s lovin’ her forties. But to help others, she opens up about her early drug addiction. Read the edited version of our interview with her below

by Ilyssa Panitz • Celebrity Reporter
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Photograph: Karl Giant

More: Congratulations on the new season of The Wendy Williams Show.
Wendy Williams: It is going to be bigger and better than ever! I am so excited, yet I feel so new at this, and green compared to talk legends that have been on television for a while.

More: Who is on your wish list to put in the hot seat?
WW: Hayden Panettiere, who is starring in Nashville. Shia LaBeouf, who is one of my favorite movie stars. I also love Kevin James of King of Queens, I have seen all of his movies and my son and I are huge fans. Kerry Washington of Scandal would be great, especially because it is political season—which of course means I would also love the Obamas and the Romneys. We would talk to them in a smart, fun and Wendy manner.

More: Is it accurate to say you had a slow start after the show launched?
WW: It is like any business, so yes, it was a slow start. I compare it to pedaling uphill. When I think about where we are now, I feel like a well-oiled machine. However, I am not anywhere near where I want to be.

More: Where do you want to be?
WW: I am not sure I will ever feel comfortable saying we got it made and we are a sure thing. In my world, it is public opinion that really counts.

More: Your ratings are huge and you are landing a real A-list guest lineup. What comes to mind when you think of where you began and where you are today?
WW: Oh my gosh! So many things have been tweaked with the show. Although we weren’t broken, we have had to fix things here and there. For me personally, I have developed a lot as a host of a daytime program. I am very comfortable in front of the camera, I am comfortable doing live television, though I am self-conscious about things such as, did I ask the right questions? did I offend that guest? Today I feel very sure of myself as a host. Although there is always room for growth, I feel really good about the position I am in now.

More: Which is?
WW: Daytime TV is geared to women, and now that I am 48 years old it is such a sweet spot for me as a woman. I mean, just being in my forties is a sweet spot. I am really enjoying this time in my life. I am embracing every birthday, I have a 12-year-old son, I am a proud parent, and a proud wife to my husband of 14 years. I feel I have so much in common with my audience. I want to be a decent role model for my family and my audience. Being on daytime TV allows me to do that.

More: You mentioned twice that you are in your forties. That seems important to you.
WW: Yes, it is. Age is just a number, on one hand. On the other hand, age is relative to the information you are dispensing. Yes, my body might have changed, but I am also proud to say this is the same body that birthed a child and survived three miscarriages and thyroid disease. Forget the number. In my book, it is not over until you lie down and say, It is over!

More: That’s a lot to go through.
WW: When I was pregnant with our son I gained 103 pounds and was on bed rest. I am a tall, meaty girl. Through my own determination, I have a body that I am proud of. Yes, I have to watch it every single day. I grew up in a body conscious family. I mean, I was on my first diet when I was in first grade; my parents monitored my food when I was in first grade. It wasn’t until recently that I developed a healthy relationship with food. If I were on Mad Men, I would have to be thin and wear a pencil skirt, because my character would need to be sexy. But if you were to ask me why I got my job, I would say it is because I am entertaining. My job has nothing to do with my weight. I don’t feel the pressure to be thin. But, being a woman, I do want to be sexy, especially for my husband.

More: Speaking of the past, you have a dark one. 
WW: I do have a past.

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MaryRose Joyner09.19.2012

Haven't seen her show, but will take a look. Wendy is a strong woman who knows herself.

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