PRODUCERS on The Wendy Williams Show are offering $75 for people to sit in the audience while the TV host remains absent.
Wendy, 57, was due to return to hosting on September 20 but due to ongoing health issues has postponed her comeback.
Now, Page Six reports that show producer are offering money for fans to participate in the audience while guest hosts fill in for Wendy.
Whitney Cummings, Sherri Shepherd, and Leah Remini are filling in for the ailing star.
An email blast seen by the outlet offers $75 cash to “non-union, vaccinated people to sit in the studio” when Whitney Cummings fills in next week.
“The Wendy Williams Show is the provocative, must-see talk show in daytime,” the email and an online notice reads, followed by “$75 CASH incentive, given same day (3 hrs).”
And on Sunday, a post to the show’s Instagram page encouraged fans to buy tickets online to see Leah host this week, making it obvious they still have plenty of seats empty.
New guest hosts were revealed earlier this month after Wendy’s health forced her to delay her come back.
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Comedian Whitney will temporarily take over the hosting duties during the week of Monday, October 25 through Friday, October 29.
Whitney said in a press release: “In my opinion, nobody is more entertaining or authentic than Wendy Williams.
“As an avid fan, it is surreal to sit in for Wendy, but as someone who has been a guest on the show so many times, I feel confident that my relentless habit of speaking candidly, often to the point of self-sabotage, may go over well with her fans.”
She continued: “There are few places I’d feel as safe to be as unhinged and opinionated as on Wendy’s show and I am looking forward to burning many a bridge.
“Each episode I do will be in celebration of her fearlessness, and the lessons I’ve learned from her fearless feedback and advice.
“I’d like to do whatever I can to make her life easier while she recovers so she can come back stronger and more powerful than ever.”
SHERRI'S 'SO EXCITED'
Dish Nation’s Sherri will then take over as host beginning on Monday, November 1 until Friday, November 5.
Sherri said: "I'm so excited to return to the Wendy Williams Show to host for a full week!
“I had such a great time when I hosted the show in 2019 and I'm flattered that Wendy and the producers put their trust in me to fill in again.
“I'm sending my love and well wishes out to her.”
PRAISE FOR LEAH
The guest hosts were announced after fans raved that Leah did an "amazing job" while filling in for Wendy.
As Leah's first episode aired, hundreds of viewers flocked to Twitter to praise the star and said she "killed it" in her interim role.
"Leah remini is killing it as a guest host," one gushed, while a second agreed: "Ohh they dance like butter on hot pancakes yes #leahremini#WendyWilliams is winning ratings!! Yes!"
"Good she’s already a doing a way better job….. keep @[email protected] who..????" another suggested.
WENDY'S HEALTH SCARE
Wendy was previously rushed to the hospital in September.
The Sun was first to report that police received a 911 call from her building at 8 am about a “57-year-old female in need of psychiatric services.”
The Sun was also the first to report that the TV star had been “struggling with addiction” leading up to her hospitalization.
“Wendy was drinking every day, even while filming the show,” an insider previously revealed to The Sun.
As the host's health complications continued, The Wendy Williams Show was postponed from its original return date of September 20th.
Earlier this month, the program's Instagram page announced that the host will not be returning due to “serious complications.”Wendy Williams Show introduces guest host Leah Remini
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