Wendy Williams fans rave over Leah Remini's host debut & think she's doing an 'amazing job' filling in for ailing star

LEAH Remini received rave reviews from fans as she took the stage in place of Wendy Williams alongside friends Michelle Visage and Lupe Rodríguez.

The Wendy Williams Show announced earlier this month that the long-time star would not be returning for the 14th season.

Leah, 51, filmed her first episode as the guest host of The Wendy Williams Show on Monday.

The comedian addressed the crowd at the beginning of the show by saying: "Thank you so much Wendy for trusting me, we are all wishing you well and get you’re a** back to work."

The Saved By The Bell star thrilled fans with her energy and pizazz as she danced the cha-cha and cracked jokes with her good friend Michelle Visage.

Hundreds flocked to Twitter to praise Leah, saying she "killed it" in her interim role.

"Leah remini is killing it as a guest host," one gushed, while a second agreed: "Ohh they dance like butter on hot pancakes yes #leahremini#WendyWilliams is winning ratings!! Yes!"

"Good she’s already a doing a way better job….. keep @[email protected] who..????" another suggested.

A third gushed: "@LeahRemini and @michellvisage… me and my sister never laughed so much watching the @WendyWilliams show this morning. #laughteristhebestmedicine#WendyWilliams#leahremini."

"@LeahRemini is ALL THE THINGS that made today great on @[email protected]," another claimed.

A final wrote: "Been loving leah ever since i saw her on king of queens for the first time in 2003.

"So so so proud of everything she has accomplished so far! can’t wait to watch this episode.

"Sending sooooo much love to you Leah."

Also during the episode- which airs one day after the taping on Tuesday- Leah introduced “special guest” Lupe, who is Jennifer Lopez’s mother.

Leah revealed she almost declined the opportunity to guest host the show because she hates flying, adding that she has chosen to not attend events with her best friend JLo due to the constant traveling.

As the episode continued, Leah did a segment about haters on social media and read mean comments posted about the King of Queens actress being chosen as Wendy’s temporary replacement.


Leah filled in for Wendy, 57, as the show's host struggles with ongoing health problems.

Wendy was previously rushed to the hospital in September.

The Sun was first to report that police received a 911 call from her building at 8 am about a “57-year-old female in need of psychiatric services.”

The Sun was also the first to report that the TV star had been “struggling with addiction” leading up to her hospitalization. 

“Wendy was drinking every day, even while filming the show,” an insider previously revealed to The Sun.

As the host's health complications continued, The Wendy Williams Show was postponed from its original return date of September 20th.

Earlier this month, The Wendy Williams Show’s Instagram page announced that the host will not be returning due to “serious complications.”


Days later, The Sun exclusively reported that Leah was set to serve as the guest host during the show’s return this week.

Leah will also appear on Wednesday's episode, with the possibility of her continuing on for the rest of the week, a source confirmed.

The Wendy Williams Show will air new episodes as planned, with several guest hosts taking over in Wendy’s beloved segments and new games.


A source exclusively told The Sun last week that the process to find replacements for Wendy has been difficult.

The insider said at the time: “The search for Wendy's guest hosts is an absolute mess.

“Producers are totally winging it day by day trying to book people to fill in for her.

“They haven’t nailed down a solid roster of people as of yet.”

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