The tables are turned when Wendy sits down at the table.
Before jumping into the interview, the women all took a moment to show camaraderie between the two shows. "We are so happy you are here. You have been through a lot of public drama this year and we are rooting for you," said Hostin. Replied Wendy, "I watch you all every day, so being here is very very much like home with a bunch of girlfriends and I appreciate your support."
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After that, it got right to the good stuff, as Wendy was asked about her split from husband of nearly 22 years, Kevin Hunter, who allegedly fathered a child with a mistress.
"Infidelity is one thing, a full baby is a whole 'nother topic," said Williams. "A baby. I'm not changing Pampers, I wanna be pampered! I learned from my mother how to make lemons into lemonade ... what am I supposed to do, stay in the house and cry all day?"
She was then asked about her decision to not "trash talk" her ex in public. "I save that for when I get back to my bachelorette pad," she joked, before getting a little more serious.
"It's not just about young Kevin," she said, momentarily referring to their son. "Kevin's not a bad man, big Kev, he's not a bad man, you just can't throw away 25 years and then start talking recklessly about the other person. What does that say about you? I chose him and he chose me. That's the way it is."
She added that, once she found out about his alleged love child, she "didn't go back and forth" with whether she could forgive him or if marriage counseling could help them. "You do this, you're out!" Wendy explained. That being said, she later added that "Kevin will always be my family, no matter what and that's that. Life moves on."
Williams also said her "dance card has been full" since splitting from Hunter, telling the women she'd like to settle down again by saying, "I am a wife, not a girlfriend."
The women also asked about her past issues with drug abuse. According to Williams herself, cocaine was her drug of choice -- but "that's so over, 25 years ago." As for her decision to live in a sober living home, she said it's "a place to go to plot the next part" of her life. When Joy asked if it was "like rehab," Williams said, "Rehab without wine, rehab where they take your phone and lock it in a safe, people can't call me and inject their opinions in my life."
During their conversation, Williams promised she'd still be "hard as nails" on other celebrities when her show returns, despite knowing first-hand what it's like to have her own business in the public eye. "My thing about celebrity culture is, this is what I love, I've done this for over three decades, why am I gonna stop?" she explained. "I didn't create this, I'm just swimming with the sharks. I don't like being talked about, but it's a necessary thing. It's a dance. I do mind it, but I also am not gonna soften when I come back. Everybody's fair game."
She ended the interview with a few denials: No, she's not appearing on "Real Housewives of New York" or "The Bachelorette" ... and her talk show isn't ending after the next season. "I love what I do," she added.
"The Wendy Williams Show" returns September 16.