Wendy Williams is ready to face her demons. While the normally open and conversational talk show host doesn't often discuss her struggles with drugs, she recently sat down for an interview to speak about her addictions -- notably, her struggle with cocaine. As she revealed in the sit-down discussion, this debilitating habit began decades ago, during her radio career years earlier. While Williams considered herself "a functional addict" at this troubled point in her early life, she still found herself at risk of jeopardizing her career for the sake of her addiction. Now, however, she's ready to discuss it, not only for herself but for others who are also struggling. Here's how the host and namesake of The Wendy Williams Show explained her cocaine addiction, and how she managed to work it into her daily life.
I was a functioning addict though. I report to work on time, and I'd walk in and all my co-workers, including my bosses, would know but since I would have my headphones on and walk in the studio and [they] wouldn't fire me because I was making ratings. [A] functioning addict has several alarm clocks, you're organized. It's a miracle I was able to stop.
As Wendy Williams continued explaining in the exclusive interview with Entertainment Tonight, maintaining her work schedule and her drug addiction was practically like having two jobs at the same time. She claims that a functioning addict like herself goes around with "several alarm clocks," which is what kept her organized even while she remained addicted to her vice of choice. Looking back on her early years, Williams believes that it's a "miracle" that she was able to stop at all, let alone continue excelling professionally to the point where she now hosts a syndicated series on broadcast television.
In addition to speaking out about her past struggles with addiction, Wendy Williams is also using her past experience to help others in need, particularly to avoid the mistakes she made in her early days. Specifically, Williams is joining forces with The Hunter Foundation to launch the "Be Here" National Campaign, which is designed to fight drug addiction, as well as substance abuse, in communities.
It's never easy to discuss such difficult and personal matters in such a public way, but we applaud Wendy Williams for being so open and candid about her troubles with addiction. The Wendy Williams Show host has only grown more openhearted and conversational since she began her talk show ten years earlier, and this admission to cocaine addiction is the latest step in her journey towards recovery. We hope this process of opening up about it also inspires other addicts to feel open and free to seek help and to speak out about their lives harmed or potentially destroyed by their own addictions. Meanwhile, when it comes to Wendy Williams and her popular talk show, we'll continue to keep you posted on her life and work right here at CinemaBlend.