Intriguing: Talk Show Host, Wendy Williams Opens Up On Her Cocaine Addiction And What She’s Doing to Help Others

Wendy Williams Hunter, the sassy talk show host ‘Wendy Williams’ in her candid interview with Entertainment Tonight opened up about her battle with cocaine addiction and how she managed to pull through.

During the interview, the mom-of-one and former radio personality was quoted as saying that she was a functioning addict during her time on radio and even though her bosses and colleagues were aware, nothing was done about the situation as she continued to pull in ratings for the station.

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”I was a functioning addict though,” she shared. ”I report to work on time, and I’d walk in and all my co-workers, including my bosses, would know but since I would have my headphones on and walk in the studio and [they] wouldn’t fire me because I was making ratings.”

Balancing work, her life and her addiction, however, took work. She added;

”A functioning addict has several alarm clocks, you’re organized. It’s a miracle I was able to stop.”

Williams, 54, who recently opened up about battling Graves’ disease as well as going through menopause (read here), has now decided to step forward to help others battling addiction with her wealth of experience.

She also wants to help them avoid making the same mistakes she made, partnering with The Hunter Foundation to launch the ‘Be Here’ campaign designed to combat drug addiction and substance abuse in communities.

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Williams made a name for herself on New York and Philadelphia radio, paving the way for TV stardom when she launched The Wendy Williams Show in 2008. But she faced hardships in her 20s and 30s, notably a decade-long bout with cocaine.

“Drugs were a demon I had to overcome,” she told PEOPLE in 2014.

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