The Wendy Williams show may be done for now but the battle is clearly far from over, following trending reports that the media maven’s ex husband is seeking legal action for wrongful termination!
Kevin Hunter has taken legal action against Debmar-Mercury for wrongfully terminating him from his role as executive producer of ‘ The Wendy Williams Show’, reports People Magazine.
The lawsuit reads that Kevin was fired on the basis of his marital status which is banned within New York City Human Rights Law.
The suit notes that Kevin received a notice of his immediate termination days after Wendy filed for divorce back in 2019.
Reports read Wendy had filed for divorce in April 2019 following confirme it was revealed that he fathered a child with his mistress. Their split wasn’t finalized until 2020.
“The termination of Plaintiff was based strictly upon Plaintiff’s marital status and his impending divorce to the Show’s host, ignoring all of the contributions that Plaintiff made to make the Show a success,” reads the filing.
“As a result of Defendants’ aforesaid actions and the breach of their agreement with Hunter, the Defendants have been unjustly enriched from Plaintiff’s Executive Producer contributions to the Show, as well as enduring Product Integrations engagements Plaintiff has brought to the Show and that the Show has retained.”
Due to reported health issues that prevented her from hosting, resulted in the overall end of the show recently. Actress Sherri Shepard has been granted her own show in replacement of Wendy.
Kevin argues that show hasn’t been the same his termination. many of the elements” He “helped conceptualize and the product integrations he created” for Williams’ show will be incorporated into Shepherd’s new series. “Even though The Wendy Williams Show will be over, Defendants will continue to be unjustly enriched by Plaintiff’s initial work including his initial concepts created for the Show and Plaintiff’s product integration agreements,” the document reads.
Kevin argues that there, “was an integral part of the inner workings of the Show and Debmar was unable to fill the absence of Plaintiff’s departure.” He alleges that Debmar-Mercury has, “breached their foregoing agreements” with Hunter by firing him, failing to properly remove his executive producer credit and stopping payments of commissions that are “rightfully payable to him under the Product Integrations Agreement.”
Sources confirm that Hunter is currently seeking compensatory, punitive damages, including award of costs, interest and attorney’s fees, and such other and further relief. Hunter states that he has ultimately loss between $7 million to $10 million after being fired.