Wendy Williams Team Sues to Stop Docuseries

Wendy Williams

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A day after representatives of former talk show host Wendy Williams revealed a devastating diagnosis, her temporary legal guardian announced a lawsuit against A&E Networks to stop a docuseries about her from airing.

TMZ identified Williams’ guardian as Sabrina Morrissey, who also requested a temporary restraining order to prevent the upcoming two-part series from airing this weekend.

A&E Networks is the parent company of Lifetime, which was set to premiere a docuseries about Williams and the health issues that put her career in jeopardy. Where Is Wendy Williams? was originally about the former host planning her comeback, but the narrative took a turn when Williams struggled with alcohol addiction as well as autoimmune disorders including Graves’ Disease. Filming of the series ended when Williams was admitted to a facility in April 2023 to be treated for “cognitive issues.”

On Thursday, Williams’ team revealed that she had been diagnosed with progressive aphasia and frontotemporal dementia the same year.

The docuseries was made in cooperation with Williams, her family, and her legal team and other legal guardians. People has been covering the promotion for the series and reported that the show’s executive producer Mark Ford said:

The film was signed off on by Wendy, her management, her attorneys, the guardianship. They were aware of the filming all the way through. So, we did go by the book and get all the permissions that we needed to get. We went into this film thinking it was one thing, and the truth turned out to be another. Once we started seeing the truth of the situation, we couldn’t ignore it. And the film had to go in the direction of the truth.

The case is expected to come before a judge next week. People had no comment from Morrissey or A&E Networks.

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