Worried About Care Under Guardian

The place Is Wendy Williams? govt producers Mark Ford and Erica Hanson opened up about their issues for Wendy Williams’ well being whereas they have been filming the Lifetime documentary.

Throughout an awards consideration panel in Los Angeles, Ford and Hanson stated they have been “fearful” about Williams’ circumstances throughout manufacturing, by way of Folks. They seen that she had been dwelling alone, with out meals in her fridge, and tried to get in contact together with her household.

“The deeper we acquired into it, we didn’t wish to let go of Wendy till we acquired her again in contact together with her household,” Ford stated. “As a result of we felt that at a sure level that’s who’s going to be there for her to take care of her.” 

Towards the top of manufacturing on the doc, Ford recalled the producers have been getting “very, very fearful” and telling her supervisor, who was the one different particular person coming into her condo, that one thing wanted to be carried out to assist her.

“That is getting very dire and scary,” he added. “And since she was below a guardianship, her household couldn’t simply fly up and hang around and resolve to become involved in her medical care. They have been faraway from that course of by the courts so they might face authorized ramifications in the event that they tried to get too concerned.”

Sabrina Morrissey grew to become Williams’ court-appointed guardian in 2022 after Wells Fargo claimed that she was an “incapacitated particular person” and a “sufferer of undue affect and monetary exploitation.” On the time, the previous discuss present host contested the guardian appointment, noting that her well being had improved and he or she was “completely” of sound thoughts following therapy for Graves’ illness and thyroid points. Later, it was revealed that her son, Kevin Hunter Jr., was accountable for the monetary exploitation.

Through the panel dialog, Ford stated that’s when the documentary started taking a flip and attempting to “expose what these guardianships are like” when the household isn’t concerned. Hanson added that it felt “incomprehensible” that her son didn’t know the place she was and couldn’t name her, regardless that he had beforehand tried serving to “his mom with all of her habit points.”

“I simply suppose, in the long run, you actually see what occurs when a guardian has full management and the household is minimize out they usually don’t understand how she’s being handled medically,” Hanson defined. “And so they don’t know what’s occurred together with her funds.”

Ford stated, “It’s a really difficult course of for [her family]. However I feel you would see within the movie, they’re a beautiful group of people that care about their sister, daughter, mom, and wish the perfect for her, and who higher to be concerned in her care than these folks, not a stranger.”

Morrissey tried to maintain the documentary from airing by submitting a lawsuit in opposition to Lifetime‘s dad or mum firm A+E Networks, citing that the contract brokered to shoot the undertaking wasn’t legitimate as a result of Williams had neither the authorized nor psychological capability to authorize her participation. Nonetheless, the previous Wendy Williams Present host was an govt producer on the undertaking alongside Hunter Jr. and her jeweler-turned-manager, William Selby.

The guardian’s criticism claimed that the four-and-a-half-hour documentary was a “blatant exploitation of a weak lady with a severe medical situation who’s beloved by hundreds of thousands inside and outdoors of the African American group.” Morrissey’s momentary restraining order was granted earlier than being reversed by a better court docket for violating the community’s First Modification rights.

When the court docket information have been unsealed in March, they indicated that Williams’ guardian, who allegedly wouldn’t return the producers’ calls all through manufacturing, solely fought to maintain the documentary from airing after she noticed the trailer for the movie on Feb. 2. The practically four-minute have a look at The place Is Wendy Williams? made it clear Morrissey wouldn’t be portrayed positively.

“Solely after seeing the documentary’s trailer and realizing her position in Ms. [Williams’] life could also be criticized did Ms. Morrissey enlist the courts to unconstitutionally silence that criticism,” A+E Networks lawyer Rachel Strom wrote on the time.

Days earlier than the undertaking aired, information broke that Williams had been identified with aphasia and frontotemporal dementia, along with her Graves’ illness and lymphedema, which is the buildup of fluid in delicate physique tissues.

In an interview with The Hollywood Reporter following the doc’s launch, Ford stated that “if we had identified that Wendy had dementia going into it, nobody would’ve rolled a digital camera,” including that “it acquired to some extent the place we have been extra fearful about what would occur to Wendy if we stopped filming than if we continued.”