Thursday 19 September, 2019

Watch: Wendy Williams shutting down The Hunter Foundation

Wendy Williams is shutting down The Hunter Foundation in the wake of her split from her husband Kevin Hunter.

The 54-year-old television personality founded the charity - which gives support to people struggling with addiction - with her estranged husband in 2014, but after filing for divorce from Kevin last month, she's now set to be closing down the organisation. Wendy announced on her eponymously titled talk show on Wednesday that The Hunter Foundation would no longer be operational, but added she "remains committed to helping others in the struggles of life."

The star then said she would be dedicated to "other foundations," and put a major emphasis on "other." The decision to dissolve The Hunter Foundation comes just two months after Wendy announced the charity was partnering with T.R.U.S.T. to set up a substance abuse hotline. And after recently spending time in a sober house in New York in order to combat her own addictions, Wendy urged other struggling addicts to make use of The Hunter Foundation's hotline.

 

Speaking in early April, she said: "The calls are being answered by specially-trained, certified recovery coaches. They're very smart. They conduct screenings for your needs. The substance abuse will be taken care of. We will provide you referrals for long or short-term treatment at facilities all around the world - detox, rehab, sober living and out-patient centres. "If you're an addict or a substance abuser don't be ashamed. Help is here for you, or a family member or a loved one. Call, don't be ashamed. There is hope. I'm living proof."

The TV star previously spoke about her substance abuse hotline as she encouraged everyone to "come together" to help tackle the issues of addiction.

She said: "We must all come together to respond to this crisis of addiction and substance abuse. Everyone is at risk from the inner cities to more affluent communities. My family and I are very proud to partner with T.R.U.S.T. to get people the help that they so desperately need, especially if they or their families have given up hope. There is hope."

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