As Radar previously reported, Kevin filed a $10 million lawsuit against Debmar-Mercury and its founders Ira Bernstein and Mort Marcus.
Ira and Mort approached Wendy about a talk show in 2007. Kevin was responsible for negotiating the deal as he was her manager at the time. He served as executive producer of the show until 2019 when Wendy slapped him with divorce papers.
Prior to their split, Kevin says he was responsible for creating the brand for The Wendy Williams Show and even was responsible for coming up with Hot Topics and Shoe Cam.
In court docs, he says Ira and Mort fired him after the divorce was filed which he believes was wrong. “Prior to April of 2019, [Kevin] had no reason to believe that his marriage to Host Wendy Williams would impact his business relationship with Defendants Bernstein, Marcus and Debmar, since the law prohibited same.
Kevin says Wendy served him with the legal papers on April 11. Ira allegedly emailed him on April 18 letting him know he was no longer needed at the show.
Radar has obtained a copy of the email leaked by Kevin as part of his lawsuit. Ira wrote, “Dear Kevin, Out of respect for our 10-year working relationship, we had hoped to meet you in person and traveled to New York to do so, but unfortunately, you have canceled today’s meeting and we are left with no choice but to communicate to you in writing that effective immediately, your role as Executive Producer of the Wendy Williams Show is terminated, and your professional relationship with Debmar- Mercury is also concluded.”
Ira added, “In connection with the termination of employment, you were no longer permitted on the studio premises and all communication regarding your transition (including collection of your belongings from the studio premises) should be handled via your attorney as you have indicated that you are represented by counsel.”
The note ended, “Your attorney may reach out to either of us directly so we can direct him/her to the appropriate parties. Thank you for all your contributions over the years, Kevin we wish you well.
Kevin argues his “divorce proceedings did not absolve the [producers] of their responsibilities to pay him for his contributions to the Show and allow him to continue in his role as Executive Producer unless agreed upon by [Kevin] and [producers] that his role would cease and that the [producers] would compensate him accordingly.”
He believes the producers owe him $7-$10 million in damages.