Wendy Williams made a very personal confession in a very public forum on Tuesday, March 19.
The polarizing talk show host addressed her viewers straight-on and admitted that she is still battling a substance abuse addiction.
And she's doing so on a daily basis.
“You know me for being a very open and truthful person and I’ve got more to the story for you,” Williams said to open her latest episode, explaining in much further detail:
“You know [my husband] Kevin [Hunter] and I have The Hunter Foundation for the good of the people. We recently launched our 888-5 HUNTER number for those of you caught up in the struggle of addiction.
"Well, for some time now, and even today and beyond, I have been living in a sober house.
"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 [so], to take care of my body.”
Willams has struggled with many health issues of late; so much so that she was off the air for about two months due to a thyroid condition.
"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," Williams continued on Tuesday morning.
This is when she started crying.
Expounding on how she goes to “several meetings” around the tri-state area to “see my brothers and sisters caught up in their addiction and looking for help," Williams added that only she and her husband knew she was doing that – not even her mom and dad.
“Nobody knew because I look so glamorous out here. After I finish 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,” Wendy said.
“They hog the TV and watch soccer, we talk and read and talk and read. and then I get bored with them. Doors are locked by 10 p.m. Lights out by 10 p.m.
"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.”
To be clear, Williams doesn't say here that she recently fell off the wagon or anything of that nature.
But she ought to be applauded for admitting she has a problem and doing whatever she can to overcome it.
Even Howard Stern, a recent harsh critic, might need to give Williams props for this.
At the conclusion of Tuesday’s segment, Williams again emphasized the help provided by her foundation.
“We have already successfully placed 56 people in recovery centers around the world, not just the country,” she said. “This is a 24-hour hotline, 7 days a week. Call 888-5 HUNTER.”
Watch Williams talk very personally and passionately here.