Now that The Wendy Williams Show is over, the memorabilia from the show will allegedly be thrown in the trash.
According to EurWeb, tabloid The Sun cites a source that says that the props from the show will be trashed. The source said that Williams‘ wigs will be thrown out “since she didn’t come and get them” and that Williams’ Hot Topics chair, aka her “Big Purple Chair,” will be thrown away as well.
According to the source, the production team "is not even bothering to try to donate the chair to a museum," unlike what 'The View' production team did for the panel's original table after the show's 10 year anniversary. The View table was donated to the Smithsonian.
While it’s not clear if this is true, what is true is that Williams did not show up to the final airing of her show, which will be handed over to Sherri Shepherd in the fall. The Wendy Williams Show did post a final picture of the set, including the Big Purple Chair, showcasing just how eerie the final chapter of The Wendy Williams Show has been.
Williams took an extended leave from the show in 2021 due to various health issues. Debmar-Mercury, the production team behind The Wendy Williams Show, has said that they want to work with Williams again after her health issues are back under control.
“It doesn’t mean the next day, but we will put it together and figure it out. It’s not like we have a Plan B where we hit a button and it’s back in a week, but we do have the desire to be in business with her, if she can come back and be healthy, and so does Fox,” said Debmar-Mercury co-president Ira Bernstein.
Fellow co-president Mort Marcus added that if her health wasn't an issue, she would still be doing the show "as long as she wanted."
“We were protecting the business, while we waited for her,” he said while describing the high ratings Williams was still getting at the time of her departure. “And at some point, we had to say, ‘We have a business to run and she’s not here.’ It was a hard call.”