Wendy Williams didn’t waste any time stirring up her audience during her infamous “Hot Topics” segment on The Wendy Show, wondering aloud to her audience if Luke Perry — the late star of Beverly Hills, 90210 and Riverdale — had issues with substance abuse. Perry suffered a stroke in late February,and died at the age of 52 on Monday, March 4.
Williams did not explore the topic further with her audience, and also did not have any evidence to back up her statement reported Page Six.
The talk show host’s musings led her to discuss her own battle with drug addiction in the past.
Williams called herself “a walking addict” during the dark discussion. She then revealed, “Once you’re a substance abuser, you have to battle that for the rest of your life. I’ve told you about my ten-year ride with the cocaine and the crack. Oh, yes, crack is wack — but it was very good to me at a particularly stupid point in my life… I was a mess, functioning, killing myself. I realize that I am a walking addict.”
She then remarked that her former lifestyle may have caused damage to her body in some way, but also that her admission had nothing to do with her absence from her eponymous talk show for two months.
Williams returned to The Wendy Show on March 4. She told viewers that it was her Graves’ disease — and all the tests she had to endure to make sure her health was back on track — that caused her long absence from the show and that she was now ready to get back to work on the talk show she loved so much.
Upon her return to her syndicated series, Williams also addressed other hot-button issues, including the status of her marriage to husband Kevin Hunter. People reported that the talk show host took the issue on, and shut down those who continue to report that her marriage is on the rocks, rumors that persisted while Williams was away from her show tending to her personal and health issues.
“I want to shout-out to my husband. I’m still wearing my ring. Believe me, you, when you’ve been with somebody for 28 years, married for 25 years… we know each other.” She also called her husband her best friend and her lover and acknowledged the rumors surrounding her union but told her viewers that the marriage between herself and Kevin was rock solid.
The Wendy Williams Show airs daily in syndication.