Wendy Williams says the bank blocked her on accounts worth millions. Bank: It is exploited.

Wendy Williams spent months away from her talk show for health reasons.

Now she says her bank, Wells Fargo, is blocking her access to accounts containing millions of dollars, People reports.

Williams claimed in a New York court filing that the bank blocked her from the accounts for more than two weeks, according to the report.

The talk show host said her former financial adviser, Lori Schiller, whom she said she fired for wrongdoing and improper conduct, told the bank that Williams “was insane.”

Wells Fargo responded by alleging Williams, 57, who grew up in Ocean Township, is being manipulated.

“Wells Fargo has strong reason to believe that (Williams) is a victim of undue influence and financial abuse,” he said, without specifying the source of that alleged influence, but pointing to the financial adviser’s comments. and “third parties”.

‘The Wendy Williams Show’ host says if Wells Fargo doesn’t unfreeze her accounts, she won’t be able to pay her bills and cover employee wages, mortgages and paying a marital settlement .

Williams has been off her show since the fall, battling complications from Graves’ disease, as she has in the past. The autoimmune disease affects the thyroid and can cause a constellation of symptoms.

In September, a fully vaccinated Williams also tested positive for COVID-19 in a breakthrough case, delaying the talk show’s season premiere to October, although the host never returned.

Earlier this week, a source close to Williams and “The Wendy Williams Show” told People she won’t be back as a host until the fall at the earliest, which means she’ll have missed the entire 13th season of the show.

TMZ reported that Sherri Shepherd, one of the guest hosts who stepped in during Williams’ absence, has been named a “permanent” guest host. If Williams does not return, the talk show’s name could change to reflect Shepherd’s hosting duties, he said.

Since the fall, a series of guest hosts have filled Williams’ seat on the show and continue to do so.

Besides Shepherd (returning Feb. 21-25), the roster included Remy Ma and Fat Joe; Williams’ Jersey talent Michelle Buteau; Whitney Cummings; Terrence J and Bevy Smith (returning February 14-18); Michelle Face of Perth Amboy; Michel Rapaport; Lea Remini; Jerry Springer and Newark native Bill Bellamy.

“The Wendy Williams Show” debuted in 2008. Williams previously lived in Montclair and Livingston.

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