Wendy Williams just wants her money.
The on-break talk show host, 57, has opened up about her battle with Wells Fargo over control of her finances, which were frozen for two months amid allegations that Williams is an ‘incapable person’ in need of guardianship. Williams also claimed that her former manager, Bernie Young, who allegedly tried to become her guardian, used her credit card, without permission, to pay the legal fees he incurred to place her under the guardianship she did not. do not want.
“My thing is, I asked about my money,” Williams said in the video posted to the new Instagram account she created, separate from the Wendy Williams show. “And when I started asking about my money, all of a sudden Lori Schiller got no response about my money. I want my money. It’s not fair.”
Schiller is now Williams’ former financial adviser at Wells Fargo. In February, the bank filed court documents claiming Williams was “insane” and “a victim of undue influence and financial abuse.” The bank is looking for a temporary guardian to ensure Williams’ affairs are handled properly. Williams has not had access to his money since, including to make mortgage payments.
In Williams’ video, she said Wells Fargo had no answers about her money. “It’s, it’s not fair. Lori Schiller and Wells Fargo have this petition for conservatorship to take my money away from me. It’s not fair. And you know it’s not fair.” (Schiller and a Wells Fargo bank representative did not respond to Yahoo Entertainment’s request for comment.)
Williams then called Young, whom she hired as a manager in 2019 after separating professionally and personally from ex-husband Kevin Hunter. Williams then reportedly fired him and crisis publicist Howard Bragman in February.
“This guy named Bernie Young — I know for a fact that Bernie Young used my American Express card to hire a lawyer to file a lawsuit against me,” Williams said. “It was done with my American Express card. Bernie Young, you’re no good.”
Young did not respond to request for comment. The sun reports that Young — who, again, was fired by Williams — quietly “filed a petition for Wendy’s conservatorship about two weeks ago in a sealed docket,” including seeking “control of her Wells bank accounts. Fargo”.
Williams also called an unnamed “doctor”… [who] had medical information about me that I never even had.” She claims the doctor, whom she no longer uses, sent the medical report “to Lori Schiller” — without Willams’ consent — and he been used to build the conservatorship case, Williams claims.
Yahoo Entertainment saw a copy of two alleged unauthorized credit card charges on Williams’ card from January as the fight for Williams’ finances began. Each charge was $10,000. One was made to a New York law firm specializing in health law – attorney Williams claims Young was hired to file the motion against her. A second charge has been brought against a New York-based psychiatrist – the doctor who allegedly contacted Schiller about Williams’ health, which is the basis of the conservatorship case.
“Wells Fargo used all of these things to create guardianship over me,” Williams said. And, “New York’s court system is…without evidence…based on what Wells Fargo does” by hiding its money from him. She said the situation was similar to a court case in New York in which John L. Phillips Jr.’s guardian, known as a “kung fu judge”, abused his finances and had to repay 403 000 dollars.
“Again, all I want to know is, where is my money? said Williams, who was making around $15 million a year (at least before her hiatus). “Lori Schiller, Bernie Young and Wells Fargo, please let me have access to my money. It’s not fair. And, again, it’s not fair.”
Williams had a tough few years amid health issues and her high-profile divorce. In September. she was too ill with Graves’ disease to host her hit eponymous talk show. The guest hosts responded, but it was announced in February that the show would end after 14 seasons. Sherri Shepherd — who served as a guest host — will headline a new syndicated show in the fall that will pick up timeslots held by Williams’ show on Fox-owned and operated stations.
However, Williams recently said that once she figures out this mess with her finances, she’ll be ready to host her show again.