Wendy Williams’ mother Shirley has died, she announced: ‘This is the worst’

A stoic Wendy Williams announced the passing of her mom, Shirley Williams, “many, many, many, many weeks ago” on the Monday broadcast of “The Wendy Williams Show.”

Williams, wearing a dark satin dress, made the announcement during the Hot Topics segment at the beginning of the show.

“You know how during corona, during the world, topsy-turvy, people starving, people out of jobs, just in everybody’s life there’s something new, well … and you know how you lose track of the day and date, and the times, all I know is that it was a long time ago,” Williams said. “She passed away beautifully and peacefully and surrounded by love.”

Wendy Williams, left, with parents Tom and Shirley Williams in 2013.

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Rumors of the elder Williams’ passing had been circulating on social media over the weekend.

“She didn’t suffer not one bit, thank goodness,” Williams said.

Shirley was proud of Wendy, the middle child of her 65-year marriage to her husband, Tom Williams.

“She’s done a lot of great things. It’s a very exciting time for her. We’re just so proud of her,” said Shirley of Wendy previously to Asbury Park Press.

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Shirley was very involved in groups as diverse as the Monmouth County Council of Girl Scouts, the Central Jersey Club of the National Association of Negro Business and Professional Women’s Clubs Inc., and the Lambda Omega Omega chapter of Alpha Kappa Alpha Sorority Inc.

“I guess my mother and father set the example for me,” Shirley said. “They showed me you can still be parents and also make an impact on your community.”

Shirley and her husband were both educators in the state.

Wendy said she was proud that she did not shed a tear in announcing her mom’s passing on Monday. She left an empty seat for her in audience.

“Things could be worse,” Wendy said. “Not really. This is the worst. This is the worst, yeah.”

Surviving are her husband and three children.

Chris Jordan, a Jersey Shore native, covers entertainment and features for the USA Today Network New Jersey. Contact him at @chrisfhjordan; cjordan@app.com.

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