Wendy Williams announced her split from her husband of nearly 22 years, Kevin Hunter, in April. In the opinion of many, the split was a long time coming. Hunter was rumored to be unfaithful to Williams for years prior to them calling it quits. When the news broke that he had recently welcomed a baby girl with his mistress, Williams finally had enough. She filed for divorce, and fired Hunter as the executive producer of her show, The Wendy Williams Show. Looking back now, the television personality can recall some of the major lessons she learned from the split, according to People.
Williams and Hunter weren’t just husband and wife, they were also professionally intertwined. They had a serious business relationship, and they worked together to build the platform that would make Williams famous. Now she feels like she shouldn’t have relied on him quite as much as she did. In a recent interview, Williams suggested that Hunter had left her out of a lot of dealmaking processes — her job was simply to show up once a deal had been made. However, she apparently had very little say in some serious negotiations.
“You’ve got to be at the ground floor of your operation. I don’t care how big you get. Don’t just rely on your team to bring back the information because you’re such a big shot and you don’t have to be there.”
From now on, Williams is taking back control. No longer will she allow the big decisions to be made without her say-so.
“It used to be Kev and the team would show up, and then Kev wouldn’t bring me in until he knew, ‘Okay, the deal’s done. Now it’s time for you to meet the people.’ Not now. I want to be in on the first conversation of the deal, and I want to be on every meeting until the deal is done. And that’s the way I roll.”
After Williams fired Hunter, she not only removed his name from the credits, but also banned him from the set. As much as Williams wants to erase the presence of Hunter from her life completely, he’s already shown that he’s not going down without a fight. He’s asking for a hefty severance package, one reportedly totaling millions of dollars.
Nevertheless, Williams has been moving on with her life, both professionally and romantically. She’s recently been seen out and about with 27-year-old Marc Tomblin.