Wendy Williams fights for control of her bank accounts
(WGHP) — In her medical absence from “The Wendy Williams Show,” six-time Emmy-nominated talk show host Wendy Williams has fought to regain control of her bank accounts.
The daytime talk show announced October 2021 that Williams had suffered “serious complications” from Graves’ disease and a thyroid condition. The show continued without the titular host, with guest hosts instead.
Attorney La’Shawn Thomas said The Hollywood Reporter that Williams asked Wells Fargo for her bank records so she could switch banks due to suspicions about her former Wells Fargo financial adviser, Lori Schiller.
Wells Fargo declined and temporarily suspended Williams’ account, saying she was “unfit” and “a victim of undue influence and financial abuse,” before filing for conservatorship, according to Variety. Williams says she fired Schiller, but Wells Fargo continued its refusal to give her full access to his accounts.
Williams and Thomas denied any claims that she was not well enough to take care of her own money. During her absence from the show, Williams has “employed holistic healthcare professionals to help her achieve optimal health during her treatment for Graves’ disease and thyroid issues,” Thomas said in a statement obtained by Variety.
Wells Fargo released a statement at the time in an apparent effort to address Williams’ concerns that it would not be able to pay its mortgage and employee salaries.
“Wells Fargo’s priority is the financial well-being of Ms. Williams and the preservation of her privacy,” the bank said. “As we told the Court, Wells Fargo is willing to work with Ms. Williams’ attorney to release funds directly to her creditors for historically and regularly paid bills from her accounts.”
A temporary guardian was appointed in March, and in May a New York judge appointed a new guardian in a ruling that effectively removed Wells Fargo from operational control of Williams’ funds, Deadline reports. The identity of the new guardian has not been publicly revealed.
Despite the update, Williams and her attorney continue to push back.
“Please note that Wendy does not agree with the appointment of a financial guardian by the court. Wendy has made it very clear that she does not want a financial guardian telling her what she can and can’t do with his money,” Thomas said according to page 6.