Since reports of her recent relapse and a week-long absence from her show, Wendy Williams is presenting herself as a symbol of hope for addicts.
Over the weekend, a Walmart photo of Wendy surfaced, showing her looking disoriented and unkempt.
Wendy says that she has a perfectly good explanation for that, and that the media is prejudiced against her because she's an addict.
Wendy began Monday's episode of The Wendy Williams Show by addressing her own celebrity scandal.
"The great thing about being in the sober house are the people that I live with," Wendy gushes.
She remarks that "we are people with functioning careers."
Wendy says that they're folks "who just want to check ourselves and get down with that 12 step, you know what I'm saying."
"There's such a stigma to substance abuse," Wendy correctly observes.
"Everyone thinks it's going to be the bum on the corner or what not," she laments.
Notably, the bum on the corner would be someone who could not afford first-rate treatment for addiction like Wendy can.
"And you who are watching, if it's you," Wendy addresses her audience. "I'm the face of it."
"Sometimes you just need to go someplace and get at one with your sobriety and your 12 steps," she explains.
It's good for her to use her platform to clear up some prejudice ... but fans want to know about that photo.
"So, I told you I'm in this place, it's over in Queens," Wendy says of her sober house.
"This weekend," she says. "We decided to go camping."
"Because I'm the newbie," Wendy shares. "I get to make the decision."
"They said, you have to do something you're not comfortable with," Wendy explains.
That would be a dealbreaker for many people.
Wendy continues: "and they said, do you want to jump out of a plane? Do you want to swim with the sharks?"
In one of her most relatable moments:: "I said, 'No no,' they said camping."
Many would say that the only thing worse than camping is sober camping, but given the other examples, it sounds like the least horrifying option.
She then explains that while they were camping, they were really roughing it -- this wasn't glamping.
Wendy then says that they went to Walmart as a group during that, and she told someone to "Take a picture and I'm gonna act like I'm shopping."
The photo ended up making the rounds on the internet.
"This became a blog sensation over the weekend," Wendy notes. "So I'm here to correct."
This is not the first time that Wendy has been caught on camera appearing less than well, but she can explain.
"One of the best things about being truthful to yourself and truthful to you and having your own show," Wendy begins.
She continues her remark: "is that I can come and dispel my own rumors."
That would be so nice if others had a similar platform to shoot down the same rumors that Wendy happily perpetuates.
Remember when Wendy Williams said that Lori Loughlin and Felicity Huffman's kids should get locked up with their parents?
Imagine if Sofia Grace Macy had her own show where she could say that she didn't know what her mom did, and note that she was a minor at the time.
"The headline was poor lonely Wendy needs a hug, then it said she looked frail, she was by herself," Wendy says of the coverage of her pic.
"You know I have the Graves Disease," she notes. "And sometimes my eyes go like this." Her eyes bulge visibly.
"They caught me with an eye pop also," Wendy notes.
As for her wardrobe, she explains: "It was 4:00 in the morning ... what do you want me to wear, a ball gown?"
"Thank you blogs," she says. "Do I look frail to you?"
Regarding the coverage and alleged stigma, Wendy admits to feeling "a little disgusted."
Wendy Williams detailed her camping adventures, describing how she posed with a gun -- but did not use it to hunt.
She also went riding on an ATV.
We don't think that she's describing a universal sober house experience, but rich people get the better version of everything.
No matter what anyone may think of Wendy's comments and behavior, we wish her well on her sober journey through life.