"I would report to work on time and I walked in and all of my co-workers, and including my bosses, would know but instead of firing me, you see, I would grab my headphones and arrogantly walk into the studio and dare them to fire me because I was making ratings", she said at the time.
The media maven made a decision to share her experience in an effort to uplift others who know someone who knows someone going through the same thing or going through it themselves. I wanted to know more of the story.
Williams also revealed that she has been meeting with various support groups each day after her talk show is finished taping. "You know, I've had a struggle with cocaine in the past". The group recently launched a hotline (888-5HUNTER), she said, before going on to talk about her own experience.
A result of a partnership between Williams' family's Hunter Foundation and T.R.U.S.T., the 24-hour helpline offers treatment resources to those struggling with addiction and is staffed with certified recovery coaches, who will conduct assessments and match callers with lists of treatment facilities including detox, rehabilitation, sober living, and outpatient centers throughout the country.
Multiple guest hosts including Jerry O'Connell and Nick Cannon helped host the show in her absence.
She continued, "Only Kevin [Hunter, Sr., her husband] and Kevin [Jr., her son] know about this".
The Instagram page for The Wendy Williams show posted videos of Williams opening up about her struggle with addiction with the caption, "If you or a loved one is struggling with addiction, help is available".
In the past, Williams has described herself as a "functioning addict" during her early radio career in New York City.
Williams added that the doors at the home are locked and the lights are turned out at 10 p.m., and she returns to her room, where she stares "at the ceiling and I fall asleep to wake up and come back here to see you".