• Wendy Williams said she doesn't want to be on TV anymore except to make guest appearances on talk shows
  • The "Wendy Williams Show" host claimed she would make more money doing podcasts than hosting a TV show
  • Williams opened up about her battle with lymphedema

Wendy Williams is moving away from television and entering the podcast world.

Nearly two weeks after "The Wendy Williams Show" came to an end following 13 years in syndication, its 57-year-old host confirmed her plans to launch her own podcast and shared an update on her health during an interview with Charles Latibeaudiere and Harvey Levin on "TMZ Live" Tuesday.

"I am 100% retired from 'The Wendy Williams Show,' and I don't want to be on TV," she said.

But Williams hinted that she's not swearing off TV altogether and would be open to doing guest appearances on talk shows such as "The View."

Discussing her decision to launch a podcast after retiring from hosting her own TV show, Williams explained that it came down to time and money.

"I've got enough money to do something else and what I've never done — podcasts," she said. "When you're famous, podcasts will make more money. For me, being famous, [it will make more money] than doing the 'Wendy William Show.'"

She also confirmed that the flexible schedule and convenience of doing podcasts were part of the reason she made the switch.

Williams' manager Will Selby told TMZ that the TV personality recently spoke to Snoop Dogg, Fat Joe, the Kardashians and a member of the Trump family about being guests on her upcoming podcast. However, nothing is confirmed yet, and her show is still in the planning stages.

Meanwhile, Williams also spoke about her battle with lymphedema during her interview with "TMZ Live." She held up her foot to show how swollen it is from the condition, which is caused by a blockage in the lymphatic system.

"I can only feel maybe 5% of my feet ... which means normally, I would be in a wheelchair," she shared.

She clarified that she doesn't need a wheelchair at the moment because she can still "stand up" on her own.

Latibeaudiere asked how Williams was feeling as she appeared to be moving well when she was seen out and about in New York City earlier this week.

"Better than you," Williams responded.

Williams' plan to launch her own podcast was first revealed by "Extra's" Billy Bush earlier this month. According to Bush, Williams and Debmar Mercury, the production company that owns "The Wendy Williams Show," amicably agreed to end their working relationship so she's "heading off into the world of podcasts with iTunes."

However, Williams' manager told TMZ that the talk show host has not yet decided if she will partner with a single platform such as Spotify or Apple or release her podcast independently.

Williams had been absent from "The Wendy Williams Show" since July 2021 due to her health condition. Sherri Shepherd filled in for her for most of Season 13 and hosted the finale.

Shepherd's talk show "Sherri" will debut in the "Wendy Williams Show's" time slot this fall.

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Wendy Williams attends The Match on Sept. 29, 2014 in New York City. Ilya S. Savenok/Getty Images for Match