WENDY Williams is planning to record her podcast at her $4.5 million New York City penthouse, but there are no deals in place and she has yet to begin filming.
In an exclusive interview with The Sun Wendy’s manager, Will Selby said that the pair are planning to film the podcast, called The Wendy Experience Podcast, at her swanky penthouse apartment.
They have also just launched the show’s Instagram, which shares the show’s name as its handle.
“We haven’t taped an episode just yet. Every time we’ve wanted to do so, someone is trying to offer me something so that they can partner with us.”
He and Wendy, 57, have begun the creative process, however, and they are already eyeing their first guest.
“I started the process of considering shooting something with our first potential guest as Fat Joe. He’s ideal because he’s somebody that she trusts, he is a New York icon and he was the last person that she spoke to. I figured we should pick it up from there,” Will explained.
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As far as the name for the show, Will said the podcast will not just have an audio component, it will be a full ‘Wendy Experience.’
“Wendy says podcast but she doesn’t elaborate that it’s not going to be a traditional podcast, this is going to be a full podcast show.
“I feel like Wendy is a complete experience, that’s why the name of her show was The Wendy Williams Experience,” he said in reference to the host’s New York radio show on WBLS that was the springboard for her foray into television.
“I want to shoot everything in her home. I want to get the full Wendy experience- everything from filming in her glam room or shooting in her kitchen with her favorite chefs as they prepare food for her and her guests. I want Wendy to feel like she could be as open and honest as possible and I want everything to be at her home.”
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Will said that while Wendy has been on television for well over a decade, all those years people haven’t been able to really get to know her.
“Besides the scandals that have come out, nobody knows what color she likes. Nobody knows what fashion designer she loves the most. Nobody knows her favorite type of food or her favorite type of music that she likes to dance to and what activities she’s into. So I wanted it to be a raw organic experience for the artists and for Wendy herself as well.”
The video component is crucial, Will added, for the show’s overall success.
“Wendy is so fabulous, it has to be visual in order to get the full grasp of everything. There has to be a visual element.”
While Will said they are in talks with different companies to find a home for the show, and potential production partners, it’s all just conversations at the point.
“They’re all on his schedule. Amazon, Audible, anyone you can think of, is on the schedule,” Will added.
“I’m more of an entrepreneur, you know, hence I have my own doing business. I have my own management company. I’m leaning towards us doing it ourselves, but I’m not against a production company or network or someone coming along, you know, and picking it up and, you know, financially, giving us what’s fair, and shooting it collectively with us,” he explained.
Will, who was Wendy’s jeweler before becoming her manager, also opened up about his relationship with the former host of the TV show The Wendy Williams Show, and how their relationship has evolved through the years.
“I’ve known Wendy for quite some time but in the last two years, we’ve gotten a little bit closer and we had to sift through a couple of different things to figure out how we could do more business together.
“I’ve executive produced shows and music videos and a couple of different things. I came to her with the idea of it while I had an inclination of her show going awry and in a different direction.
I told her ‘You are the voice of radio, a podcast will be ideal for you, and then as we get to add the visual elements to it, it’s like the best of both worlds.’ I was putting the bug in her ear while she was still on the show,” Will added.
THE PODCAST IDEA
Back in May, The Sun exclusively revealed that Wendy had started shopping around the idea of her venture into podcasting.
Multiple sources revealed to The Sun at the time that Wendy had podcast offers on the table for months, but one source suggested that iHeart Radio and Spotify are being eyed as potential new homes for her namesake talk show brand.
The former daytime diva would be going back to her radio roots if a deal comes to fruition, as Wendy Watchers know she first cut her teeth as a New York City radio DJ.
THE PURPLE CHAIR & THE FUTURE
In an exclusive interview with The Sun, Wendy’s manager previously revealed that when production announced the TV show was officially over earlier this month, he and the former talk show host went to retrieve The Wendy Williams Show memorabilia later that week.
The manager noted the significance of the Purple Chair for Wendy and her fans.
“That was her’s and it signifies the old chapter closing as we start the new one,” Will added.
“We are going to take it, and that will be part of her new show,” he said of her foray into podcasting.
WENDY REFUSED FAREWELL MESSAGE
While fans were upset not to see Wendy in the final episode, The Sun exclusively revealed earlier this week that she refused to give a farewell message.
The source revealed that Wendy was asked to appear in the finale, but declined the invitation.
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“They were not doing it live, but asked Wendy for pre-taped video,” the insider shared of the show’s hope to get the 57-year-old on her stage one last time.
“She still said no,” the source said. “She’s not at peace with what happened. She’s not happy with it.”