Wendy Williams ‘seen drinking on raucous night out in NYC’ – after troubled star’s rehabilitation stint
Wendy Williams was seen drinking on a raucous night out in New York City on Friday, according to a new report — five months after leaving rehab and amid her ongoing health problems.
The presenter, 58, who is plotting a return to TV, went club hopping in Manhattan where she visited Fresco by Scotto and gay bar The Townhouse, among others, with a source telling Page six: “She kept saying she wanted to get drunk tonight.”
Naughty But Nice podcast host Rob Shuter told the publication that the star “looked lonely,” sitting alone, but “lit up like a Christmas tree to see someone she knew.”
Speaking of their meeting on his podcast, he said, “We had a bite, we had a drink, but when we got ready to say goodbye, Wendy didn’t really want us to leave” before suggesting we go to a bar.
One diner also told the publication, “She kept saying she wanted to get drunk tonight. She didn’t hide [her drinking]before claiming that the star said she’s moving to LA in three weeks.
Night out: Wendy Williams was spotted drinking on a raucous night out in New York City on Friday, according to a new report — five months after leaving rehab and amid her ongoing health issues (pictured last month)
The source added that Williams said, “She told this table she was looking for love – and just like in Sex and the City, she’s willing to fuck.”
Ex Real Housewives of New Jersey star Kim DePaola greeted her at the restaurant before the group headed to The Townhouse, where Williams allegedly asked the doorman, “Do you watch ‘The Wendy Williams Show?’ I’m Wendy Williams.’
The star’s presence at the club saw her posing for photos with fans.
DailyMail.com has reached out to Wendy Williams’ representative for comment.
In October, it was revealed that the star was “home and healing” after going back to rehab to focus on “health and wellness” following a string of erratic behaviors and substance abuse claims.
“Wendy is excited about the road ahead and looks forward to releasing her many projects,” the former talk show host’s publicist Shawn Zanotti said in a statement to E! News on Tuesday.
Zanotti continued: “She wants to say, ‘thank you to my fans for your love, support and many prayers, I’m back and better than ever.'”
Zanotti confirmed last month that Williams had entered a “wellness facility” in an effort to “manage her overall health issues.”
Spotted: Naughty But Nice podcast host Rob Shuter told the publication that the star “looked lonely,” sitting alone, but then “lit up like a Christmas tree to see someone she knew” (pictured together)
One diner also told the publication, “She kept saying she wanted to get drunk tonight. She didn’t hide [her drinking]before claiming the star said she’s moving to LA in three weeks (pictured last month)
She was “treated by a team of some of the best doctors in the world,” Zanotti told the outlet, adding that Williams was preparing “for a major comeback for the next level in her career with The Wendy Experience Podcast.”
No details about the facility or location have been disclosed.
Williams has had treatment in the past at locations in New York and Florida.
At the time, a source told Page Six that Williams’s resource issues had “got worse,” as “she said” [drinking] wine to pure vodka.’
Williams has struggled to control her drinking, to the detriment of her overall health, which a source described as “failing.”
They added, ‘She can’t stop drinking and she needs to stop drinking; it only makes her health worse.’
The talk show host recently told a photographer that she had “retired early” amid reports of her comeback. Page six reported.
Wendy “is working on several projects,” her rep told the outlet, adding that she’s “ready to kick things up a notch and be Wendy Williams again.”
The outlet reported that her podcast called The Wendy Williams Experience was still in the works, which Shawn confirmed: “Yes, the podcast is still in the works.”
Wendy is focused “on her overall well-being,” a source previously revealed, as the star is ready to return to work.
The star told a photographer while running errands that she was “previously retired” and hopes to appear on The View and Late Night with Seth Meyers, via Page Six.
Last week, the outlet reported that Wendy was filming a project at the Fresco by Scotto restaurant in Manhattan.
“Actually, it was just an ordinary night… and then all of a sudden the Wendy Williams train arrived,” an insider said.
In October, the star was revealed to be ‘home and healing’ after going back to rehab to focus on ‘health and wellness’ following a series of erratic behaviors and substance abuse claims (pictured last month)
“She had a huge crew that basically turned Scotto’s Fresco into a movie set… about 30 people in the crew. Lights, cameras, audio, producers, etc. [It] looked like a reality show.’
The upcoming project marks Wendy’s first return to media since The Wendy Williams Show shut down last June.
Sherri Shepherd, who filled in for the star during the final season due to the former host’s medical issues, took over the time slot with her own show, Sherri.
It remains unclear when The Wendy Williams Experience will premiere on podcast platforms.