Wendy Williams drinking to 'celebrate new lease on life'

Wendy Williams has begun imbibing again despite a trip to rehab last summer because she is celebrating a “new lease on life,” her rep tells Page Six exclusively.

“Wendy has spent most of her life in the public eye, and when is out she likes to acknowledge her fans,” Shawn Zanotti says of Williams’ boozy night out in New York City last Friday.

More specifically, the former daytime talk show host was out “celebrating the new things in her life,” which include several projects such as a podcast and a potential new series, according to the publicist.

“She is happy and wanted to celebrate as she has a new lease on life,” Zanotti continues, adding that Williams loved stopping by Midtown gay bar The Townhouse because she “loves her fans and fully supports the LGBTQ community, which is a big part of her fan base.” 

Wendy Williams carrying bottles of alcohol.
Wendy Williams, seen here in 2006, went out drinking Friday night to celebrate her “new lease on life,” her publicist tells Page Six.
Wendy Williams walking in NYC.
The former daytime talk show host hit the town, first dining at Fresco by Scotto and then making her way to gay bar The Townhouse.

As Page Six exclusively reported Monday, a “lonely” Williams was spotted drinking at Fresco by Scotto, where she was overheard telling her group that she was determined to “get drunk.”

“She kept saying she wanted to get drunk tonight,” a diner told us of the star’s night out on the town.

“She wasn’t hiding [her drinking],” the patron added.

Wendy Williams walking in NYC.
She completed her most recent stint in rehab in October.
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Following a dinner that included a Margherita pizza, Williams and her pals made their way to the cocktail lounge, where the Emmy nominee asked the doorman, “Do you watch ‘The Wendy Williams Show?’ I’m Wendy Willams.”

“It was so odd because obviously people know who she is,” a second source told us of the interaction.

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Despite any oddities, we heard Williams, 58, was a “hit” once she walked inside the bar.

Wendy Williams sitting in her purple chair at home.
Despite Williams’ worrying behavior, her rep says she’s getting ready to launch her new projects.

“She posed for a lot of pictures with all these gay men,” our source said.

Page Six broke the news in September 2022 that Williams checked back into rehab for substance abuse issues.

After nearly two months of treatment in an undisclosed facility — though she’s previously completed a program in Florida and resided in a sober-living facility in New York — she went back home and said she was “better than ever.”

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