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Wendy Williams' Husband 'Realizes He Messed Up,' But 'She Has Nothing to Say to Him': Source

People logo People 4/23/2019 Janine Rubenstein
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Wendy Williams has kept her distance from her estranged husband since their split.

Williams, 54, filed for divorce from Kevin Hunter earlier this month after learning that he allegedly fathered a child with his mistress. Now, a source tells PEOPLE that Hunter “realizes he really messed up.”

“He’s taken a very somber position and is just trying to focus on what’s next,” the source says. “Initially when he and Wendy decided to split they had agreed that he could stay on as her manager. Then she saw new pictures of him out with the mistress again and she cut him completely off, shut down accounts, everything.”

According to the source, they’ve “had zero contact” since and Williams “has nothing to say to him.”

They’ve also cut ties professionally: He was removed as executive producer of The Wendy Williams Show last week. A spokesperson for The Wendy Williams Show says they are not hiring an EP to replace him: “David Perler, who has served as showrunner for the past nine years, and Wendy will remain as our sole executive producers.”

A rep for Williams’ did not respond to PEOPLE’s request for comment. Hunter could not be reached for comment.

An insider recently told PEOPLE that the daytime host believes Hunter’s alleged affair has been going on for more than a decade.

“Wendy is telling people she had no idea he had been having an affair, but when she found out the details, it turned out he had been seeing the woman he had a baby with for 15-16 years,” the insider said. “That made her realize it was time to move forward with her life. Seek treatment and move on. She’s not taking him back.”

“It’s hard after being married for so long and having a family together, to be able to move forward,” added the insider of Williams, who shares son Kevin Jr., 19, with Hunter. “But she realized she had to open her eyes to a bad marriage. So many stick around when they should get out.”

Hunter broke his silence on the split in a statement to PEOPLE last week, admitting he was “not proud of my recent actions” and apologizing “to my wife, my family and her amazing fans.”

“I am going through a time of self-reflection and am trying to right some wrongs,” he said. “No matter what the outcome is or what the future holds, we are still The Hunter Family and I will continue to work with and fully support my wife in this business and through any and all obstacles she may face living her new life of sobriety, while I also work on mine.”

The split comes at a challenging time for the star, who took an an extended hiatus from The Wendy Williams Show from January to March. On Tuesday, a police report obtained by PEOPLE revealed that officers paid a visit to her New Jersey home on Jan. 18 to conduct a welfare check after an anonymous caller claimed Hunter was poisoning Williams. (TMZ first reported the news.)


Williams “became tearful” when asked if there was any truth to the poisoning claim but ultimately denied any poisoning had occurred, according to the police report. The officers left after Williams assured them she was safe.

While Williams hasn’t directly addressed the situation with Hunter on her show, she did reveal on-air last month that she has been living in a sober house. (She’s been open about a past addiction to cocaine.)

Last week, she said she would “moving out of the sober house in just a few days” and alluded to the divorce, saying she has a “whole new life” planned for her and her son.

The Wendy Williams Show airs weekdays (check local listings).

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