Wendy Williams biopic and shocking documentary on Lifetime in April

Ciera Payton in Wendy Williams: The Movie.
Ciera Payton in Wendy Williams: The Movie.
Screengrab: YouTube/The Wendy Williams Show
  • A Wendy Williams biopic and a separate documentary on the talk show host will air on Lifetime (DStv 131) in April.
  • The movie Wendy Williams: Hot Topic focuses on the highs and lows the talk show host has experienced throughout the years.
  • The documentary, Wendy Williams: What a Mess! takes a no holds barred look at the media personality's life.

Former radio shock jock turned TV talk show host Wendy Williams partnered with Lifetime to tell her story.

The biopic, Wendy Williams: Hot Topic, and the startling documentary, Wendy Williams: What a Mess!, will be broadcast in South Africa on Saturday, 10 April on Lifetime (DStv 131).

The biopic, Wendy Williams: Hot Topic airs first on Saturday, 10 April at 19:20, starring Ciera Payton in the lead role. The film starts in the present, rewinds and pulls back the curtain on Wendy's childhood years, her early work life trauma at radio stations including her drug use and rape, and the start of her TV talk show in New York.

In recent years her talk show almost derailed following health issues and her controlling husband who cheated on her and had a child with another woman living just a few kilometres away. It led to Wendy escaping the "prison" Kevin allegedly built up around her after confining her to a so-called "sober house" where she couldn't speak to anybody and couldn't leave except with guards to record episodes of her show.


In the documentary, Wendy Williams: What a Mess!, the 56-year-old speaks directly to the camera. It features fascinating first-person interviews, including her parents, family members and friends, and talk show producers.

The documentary is filled with more startling revelations and insights, for instance how Wendy was essentially "held captive" by her husband and decided to escape from a car to make a secret meeting she had set up to file for divorce, the humiliation she experienced in her childhood and how it turned her into a determined loner driven to succeed, as well as her notorious feuds with celebrities from Mariah Carey to Whitney Houston.

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