Talk show host Wendy Williams is fighting for control of her accounts frozen by Wells Fargo, denying the firm’s allegations that she was being exploited financially, according to news reports.
In February, Williams sought a temporary restraining order against Wells after the company froze her assets following concerns expressed by a financial advisor that Williams accuses of being “disgruntled.”
“They say that I need somebody to handle my account. And I don’t want that,” Williams said Thursday on the show “Good Morning America.”
“I want all my money. I want to see all my money that I’ve worked hard for my entire life. My entire life. I don’t lie, I don’t cheat and I don’t steal. I am an honest, hard-working person," she added.
Wells Fargo didn’t provide a comment to the show about Williams’ recent statements.
Lori Schiller, an advisor at Wells Fargo, had said Williams wasn’t able to manage her finances because she was “of unsound mind,” according to court documents. Wells Fargo said last month that it froze the accounts on suspicion that Williams was the victim of financial exploitation. The company also defended Schiller, saying she has had a spotless record in her 23-year career.
Wells Fargo’s lawyer, David Pikus, meanwhile, asked the court last month to “appoint a temporary guardian or evaluator to … ensure that [Williams’] affairs are being properly handled.”
Williams told "Good Morning America" that she doesn’t need that kind of help. She told the show she is “comfortable” and “ready” to work again in about three months. “There are private things that I have to deal with and then I’ll be ready to come back and be free and ready to do my thing," she said.Last month, producers of “The Wendy Williams Show” said it would end after its 14th season amid reports that Williams was suffering from complications from Graves’ disease and a thyroid condition, according to "Good Morning America."
Williams said during the interview on the show, however, that she’s ready to get back to work.
“This is what I would love to say to my Wendy watchers: Keep watching because I’m going to be back on the Wendy show bigger and brighter than ever,” she said, according to "Good Morning America."
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