Sherri Shepherd Pays Tribute to Wendy Williams in 'The Wendy Williams Show' Finale

The former co-host of 'The View', who will take over Wendy's TV time slot starting in the fall, hails the 57-year-old star as 'the queen of all media' and 'an icon.'

AceShowbiz - Sherri Shepherd has paid tribute to Wendy Williams as an icon. Before permanently taking over the latter's TV time slot, the 55-year-old actress guest hosted the last episode of the once popular daytime talk show "The Wendy Williams Show" on Friday, June 17, marking the end of its 13-year run.

The former co-host of "The View" opened the farewell show, from which its former host was glaringly absent, by hailing it as a "big day." She added, "Most of all, we have to thank you, Wendy Williams. You have to say - there is nobody like Wendy Williams."

"From her days on the radio, to ruling daytime talk for 13 seasons, Wendy earned her title as the queen of all media," she continued raving. "If you think about it, Wendy Williams changed daytime talk with her unique take on 'Hot Topics', her one-of-a-kind celebrity interviews, the signature 'As Wendy' segments and, of course y'all, her famous 'How you doin?' "

Shepherd went on in a personal message for 57-year-old Williams, "And I wanna say, Miss Wendy you are an icon and you are loved by so many, so many."

The "Precious: Based on the Novel PUSH by Sapphire" star's tribute prompted a chorus of "Wendy" chants, with the final show also featuring a video montage of Williams' daytime TV reign. The final episode aired one day after Williams' ex Kevin Hunter slammed the production company behind the show for their handling of the series' final episode.

Hunter told Entertainment Tonight, "I feel like it is a travesty on the part of Debmar-Mercury to have such an unceremonious departure without Wendy being involved. It is the first time in the history of talk shows for this to be done, especially for a show that has been on for more than 10 years."

"There is absolutely no reason why a bigger celebration that involved Wendy couldn't happen. I know the blood, sweat and tears that went into making the show such a success, (and) I am not happy with the way the show is going out on a personal level and I am truly sorry that the show's fans have to see it go down the way that it is."

Williams had been on an indefinite leave from hosting due to health issues and not filmed a single episode this season. It was announced, in February, Shepherd will be given a daytime talk show titled "Sherri."

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