The change doesn't come without a few strings. Wendy may still come back IF she gets better by September. However, given the latest news on her health battle, that doesn't seem likely.
There's an open-door policy for Wendy. Meaning, the show is hers if she wants it. If the 57-year-old does not reclaim her throne in the next few months, the chair will go to Shepherd.
If the show becomes Shepherd's, the name will change.
Why wait until September? That's when Season 15 of Wendy's namesake show kicks off. Sources at Fox say executives are all about the transfer of power.
Wendy last appeared on the show in July. She stepped back after suffering "serious complications" from Graves Disease. The talk show host experienced another health setback when she was taken by ambulance for "psychiatric services" months later after contracting COVID-19.
Fans grew extremely worried when Wendy was later seen being pushed in a wheelchair for several weeks.
Since then, disturbing reports have come out about Wendy's state of mind. Wells Fargo has frozen her bank accounts in fear that she's suffering from dementia.
“The spark is gone. That Wendy, who for ten years had that spark in her eyes, that cheeky grin and that little wink is not the same now," an insider said. Wendy's decline has allegedly gotten so bad that she "has days where she needs help eating, getting out of bed and getting dressed."
Last month, it was revealed that Wendy promised to clean house if she returned to the show.
"Wendy believes the staff have all betrayed her and if she comes back, she wants to completely clean house. She actually wants to fire the whole staff," a source stated. “She is paranoid about the staff gossiping about her and delusional in the idea that that cleaning house could even happen."