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    Power List Wendy Williams - P 2012
    Ruven Afandor
    Wendy Williams
    Host, "The Wendy Williams Show"

    This story first appeared in the April 26 issue of The Hollywood Reporter magazine.

    Williams, 48, is famously emotional, high energy, fun-loving, loud and gossipy, and her loyal and diverse viewership hangs on her every “How you doin’?”

    Now in its fourth season, her show — on which she has hosted guests ranging from the Trumps to Alicia Keys — has been tweaked with an expanded, commercial-free, talk-of-the-day segment, now 20 minutes rather than eight. So far this season, it’s up double digits in the key women 25-to-54 demo.

    PHOTOS: The 35 Most Powerful People in Media 2013

    Williams and her husband, Kevin, recently inked a first-look development deal with Oxygen. Arriving in July: her debut wig line, Wendy Williams Hair World.

    MOST RECENT BIG ACCOMPLISHMENT: Losing 20 pounds: “Who wants to be in HD looking like a hippo? Thanks to Lycra, [I don’t] need a whole new wardrobe.”

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