On Tuesday, March 19, the Wendy Williams Show host broke down onstage, telling her viewers and fans that she's been receiving treatment for her addiction issues.
"Welcome back. So, you know me for being a very open and truthful person," she started before dropping the bombshell.
"I've got more to the story for you. The truth — oh, um, you know Kevin and I have the Hunter Foundation for the good of the people. And we recently launched our 888-5 hunter number for those of you caught up in the struggle of addiction," continued Williams, 54. "Well, for some time now and even today and beyond I have been living in a sober house."
As RadarOnline.com readers know, the star had been scaring fans with her wild behavior for months. After fainting on live TV on Halloween, she began slurring her words during talks on her show. She blamed her actions on a shoulder fracture and pain meds, but eventually took a more than two-month work hiatus — which she blamed on her thyroid issues.
"When you see me come to work, glammed up, right after the show I go across the street, I do my pilates. I told you, two hours a day or like to take care of my body. And you know I've had a struggle with cocaine in my past. I never went to a place to get the treatment. I don't know how, except God was sitting on my shoulder and I just stopped," she said.
After her return to the show, Williams opened up about her past cocaine addiction, saying she would always be in recovery.
"Crack is wack," she said on the March 5 segment. "I was a mess… killing myself. I realized I am a walking addict. You can't just clean it up and stop it. I wasted a lot of my life burning my insides. You never know when it can pop up. I constantly have to watch the inside of my body because of hard partying, just a mess."
Days later, she announced the launch of her new substance abuse hotline.
"After I go to the pilates, I go to several meetings all around town in the Tri-state area. And I see my brothers and sisters caught up in their addiction and looking for help. They don't know I'm Wendy. They don't care I'm Wendy. There's no autographs, there is no nothing. It's the brothers and sisters caught up in the struggle. It's been really interesting. This ride," Williams continued this Tuesday, speaking to a stunned audience.
The show host then admitted that she's living apart from her husband, Kevin Hunter, and sleeping in a sober house with other recovering addicts. As she continues treatment, she has a coach available to her all day every day.
"Only Kevin and Kevin have known about this. Not my parents, nobody. Nobody knew. Because I look so glamorous out here," she admitted. "After I finished my appointments, seeing my brothers and sisters, breaking bread, I am driven by my 24-hour sober coach back to the home that I live in here in the Tri-state with a bunch of smelly boys who have become my family."
She said the men watch soccer on the TV and she just goes off to her room to sleep. Lights are out and doors are locked at 10:00 p.m. every night.
"So I go to my room, and I stare at the ceiling and I fall asleep to wake up and come back here to see you. So that is my truth," said Williams to a cheering audience.