Wendy Williams made an emotional revelation at the top of her show on Tuesday.
The 54-year-old talk-show host, who has had a history of substance abuse, revealed to her studio audience that she has been living in a sober treatment facility for addiction.
“So, you know me for being a very open and truthful person. And I’ve got more to the story for you. The truth — oh,” she said before beginning to cry. “Um, you know Kevin and I have the Hunter Foundation for the good of the people. And we recently launched our 888-5HUNTER number for those of you caught up in the struggle of addiction.
“Well, for some time now and even today and beyond I have been living in a sober house,” Williams said.
Speaking through tears, Williams addressed her ongoing struggles with addiction.
“You know I’ve had a struggle with cocaine in my past. 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,” she said. “But there are people in your family — it might be you — you have been struggling. And I want you to know more of the story. So, this is my autobiographical story, and I’m living it. I’m telling you this.
“I go to several meetings all around town in the tri-state area. And I see my brothers and sisters caught up in their addiction and looking for help. They don’t know I’m Wendy. They don’t care I’m Wendy. There’s no autographs, there is no nothing. It’s the brothers and sisters caught up in the struggle. It’s been really interesting. This ride. Only Kevin and Kevin have known about this. Not my parents, nobody. Nobody knew,” she said, adding jokingly, “Because I look so glamorous out here.
“After I finished my appointments, seeing my brothers and sisters, breaking bread, I am driven by my 24-hour sober coach back to the home that I live in here in the tri-state 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 are locked by 10:00 p.m. Lights out by 10:00 p.m. 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.”
To end her monologue, Williams offered hope and help to others facing the same struggles.
“If you — I know, either you are calling me crazy or the bravest woman you know. I don’t care. If you or someone you know — our Hunter Foundation just launched last week,” she said. “We have already successfully placed 56 people in recovery centres around the world. Not just the country. This 24-hour hotline, seven days a week. Call 888-5HUNTER.”
On Twitter, Williams received love and support for her honesty and openness.