Wendy Williams Talks Cocaine Addiction, Sober Living On "The View"

By Lindsey Weedston 09/09/19

"It's been a very, very difficult time,” she said.

Wendy Williams
photo via Wikimedia Commons/WBLS

Talk show host and entrepreneur Wendy Williams opened up about her former addiction issues, sober living, and her recent divorce as a guest on The View last Thursday.

The host of The Wendy Williams Show confirmed her divorce proceedings from her second husband, Kevin Hunter, after he had a baby with another woman. In the difficult period after Williams discovered the infidelity, she spent some time in a sober living house so that she could focus on her future in a supportive environment without certain distractions.

"It's been a very, very difficult time,” she said. “I couldn't talk to my mom. Who wants to burden her? I couldn't talk to my sister. And most of my girlfriends would have said, 'You should have left him a longggg time ago.'"

At the sober living house, she could “plot on” her next steps in a place she described as “rehab where they take your phone and lock it in a safe, so people can't call me and inject their opinions on my life.”

From Functioning Addict to Raising A Family

Williams was addicted to cocaine for many years while she built her career as a radio DJ, partying all night after her shifts at the station.

“I was a functioning addict. I’d work from 3 in the afternoon until 7 at night, get off and party until 7 in the morning — then sleep until 2, go to the radio station and do it all over again,” she said in an interview with In Touch Magazine.

This continued until she met her future first husband. Her love for him inspired her to quit without her having to reach a breaking point. She hasn’t touched cocaine for 25 years.

Williams remained with Hunter for a time while their son, Kevin Hunter, Jr., completed high school and went off to college. However, she had no doubts about divorcing her husband when she found out about the new baby.

"I didn't even go back and forth with oh do I stay, maybe there's marriage counseling or something. Nooooo. You do this? Get out!" she said.

Future Plans

She also addressed the rumors that she would be joining The Real Housewives of New York City, saying that although the pay would be nice, “I’m not that girl.” She joked that ABC also asked her to be on The Bachelorette

On the contrary, Williams is focused on getting ready for the 11th season of her long-running talk show, which premieres on September 16.

“Look, I’ve got the purple chair, I worked all my life to have that,” she said.

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Lindsey Weedston is a Seattle area writer focused on mental health and addiction, politics, human rights, and various social issues. Her work has appeared in The Establishment, Ravishly, ThinkProgress, Little Things, Yes! Magazine, and others. You can find her daily writings at NotSorryFeminism.com. Twitter: https://twitter.com/LindseyWeedston