Televisions executives reportedly have a backup plan in the event that talk show host Wendy Williams does not return to her post on daytime television.
According to Page Six, executives have positioned Nick Cannon’s show as a potential replacement to take over Wendy Williams; daytime slot.
“The executives have been talking,” said a source to Page Six. “They are keeping a close eye on [Williams’] recovery and hoping for the best. But they have pushed back [her] show premiere several times so they are already thinking of a backup plan.”
Williams's show has been pushed back to late October. The talk show host contracted a breakthrough COVID-19 case in late September.
“It would not be a far stretch for Nick to take her time slot… Debmar-Mercury [which produces both shows] is really pushing to make Nick Cannon’s show a huge success. He already has a major platform, and a huge fanbase, so it is an easy win. So, if Wendy’s show ends up being a no-go, their backup plan is already set.”
However, it still could all be complicated if it gets to this point.
The Page Six reports state, "Other TV sources point out that simply plugging Cannon’s show into Williams’ timeslot could be complex. Both shows are syndicated — meaning individual station groups would have to make the decision to replace Williams’ show with Cannon’s. Said a source, 'It’s likely they would make a deal, but it’s a station to station decision.'"
As we reported last month, while her condition is described as a "breakthrough case," Williams told Dr. Oz on his show that she had reservations about initially getting a coronavirus vaccine.
"No. I don't trust it," she said, as reported by the Atlanta Black Star. "I've never gotten the flu shot either though, and you and I have talked about that. Several of the doctors on my team have told me, 'Wendy, get the flu shot.' I've never had the flu, I'm not getting the flu shot. I very rarely get a cold. I never have headaches. I don't take an asprin because I feel my heart murmur or something like that. I'm not getting [it]--no, I don't trust it. There, I said it."