Wendy Williams Opens Up About The Struggles Of Raising A Child As A Single Parent
Wendy Williams has opened up about raising her son Kevin Hunter Jr, who she had with former husband Kevin Hunter, by herself since he was just 6 years old. Having worked her way up from being an assistant at WNBC to becoming one of the most well-known faces on television today, Wendy has certainly earned the right to open up about her life’s highs and lows. And that’s exactly what she did when she appeared on The Wendy Williams Show last week.
1) Wendy talks about her early life
Wendy grew up in New Jersey and graduated from Paramus High School. She majored in marketing at Roosevelt University in Chicago, Illinois and worked as a social worker before she started her career as a television personality. After graduating from college, Wendy moved to Baltimore, Maryland where she was hired by WBFF-TV in Baltimore.
There, she served as an anchor and reporter until 1989 when CBS-affiliated WJZ-TV (now WCBS-TV) in New York City hired her to be their consumer reporter. Wendy enjoyed working there until 1994 when she started to work for WWOR-TV.
2) Wendy’s relationship with her son Kevin Hunter Jr.
It may come as a surprise to some of her fans, but Wendy is actually a single mother. She raised Kevin Hunter Jr. on her own after his father refused to have any involvement in his life. When Kevin Jr was just two years old, Wendy found out that she had won sole custody of him during divorce proceedings with his father, who had multiple children with several different women at that time.
Since then, she’s raised him on her own and allowed him to live in New Jersey with his grandparents while she stayed in Atlanta for work reasons. To date, he has not only grown into a successful adult who works for Wendy’s production company but has also forged a friendly relationship with his estranged father.
3) Wendy Williams transition into broadcasting
Wendy worked as a secretary for Jim Henson Productions, where she appeared in several television commercials. Her first major exposure came in 1991, when she was cast as one of five co-hosts of VH1’s pop culture show Pop-Up Video. She became widely known during her five years on that program, which made her a regular guest star on other VH1 programs. In 2001, she joined The Ricki Lake Show as both co-host and celebrity correspondent until its cancellation two years later.
4) Wendy’s career success
Wendy’s career started on radio, first on KYLD in San Francisco, then on KQKE in Oakland, where she moved to after three years at KYLD. In 1990, she joined KHTI Hot 97 in San Francisco as a weekend jock under her real name of Wendy Clark. She subsequently joined WBLS (Bells) in New York City, eventually rising to middays. After Westinghouse Broadcasting purchased WBLS, she became known as Wendy W-T–the ‘W’ coming from williams and ‘T’ standing for treble (the highest note on a musical scale), which is what they called hot jocks at that time.