Kevin Hunter has been fired as an executive producer on his estranged wife Wendy Williams’ show, as the $215K Ferrari he bought for his baby mama is towed away, MM can reveal.
Williams decided she finally had enough of her philandering husband of nearly 22 years and served him divorce papers at her TV studio in Manhattan last Thursday.
The 47-year-old was fired from the show and as Wendy’s manager, a source on the show confirmed to MM.
The source also said Hunter had been given 48 hours to remove his belongings from their marital home in Livingston, New Jersey as she was seen apartment hunting in New York City on Tuesday.
Wendy reached her tipping point after learning Hunter had been living the high life with his decade-long mistress Sharina Hudson, who gave birth last month, splurging on Rolls-Royces, Ferraris and gifting her with diamonds.
Hunter released an apology on Tuesday admitting he was not ‘proud of his recent actions’ and was ‘trying to right some wrongs’ while taking ‘full accountability’ for what he had done.
His groveling statement came after the flashy $215,000-plus gold Ferrari Portofino he gifted Hudson was seen being towed away – a day after Wendy hit him with the divorce papers.
The source said: ‘Kevin had expected to stay on at the show and as Wendy’s manager. He ran the show with an iron fist, he was the guy who kept the vultures away.
‘But when Wendy saw the photos of him and Sharina last week on the Daily Mail going out for dinner and her driving around in a Ferrari she was furious. That’s what tipped her over the edge, she was like, “he’s gotta go”. She now wants him out of her life completely, she’s given him 48 hours to clear his office and clear his belongings out of the house. Wendy’s sister Wanda came up from Florida over the weekend and she’s helping get everything in order. Wendy means business, she’s cleaning house.’
A day after MM published photos of the new Ferrari that Hunter gifted Hudson, it was loaded onto a truck and taken away. A Ferrari dealership from Greenwich, Connecticut, picked the golden car up, as two men who appear to be helpers for Hunter looked on.
Hunter’s statement on Tuesday read: ’28 years ago I met an amazing woman: Wendy Williams. At the time, I didn’t realise that she would not only become my wife, but would also change the face of entertainment and the world.
‘I have dedicated most of our lives to the business empire that is Wendy Williams Hunter, a person that I truly love and respect unconditionally.
I am not proud of my recent actions and take full accountability and apologise 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.
‘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.
‘I ask that you please give me and my family privacy as we heal. Thank you.’
On Monday, Wendy kicked off her Hot Topics segment by revealing she was just a few days away from moving out the sober living facility she has called home for the past few weeks, and is ready to start a new life for herself and her son Kevin Jr. – the son she shares with Hunter.
MM exclusively revealed in early March the TV host had been living in the sober home in Queens, New York, to battle an addiction to alcohol and prescription pills, her downward spiral sparked by learning Hunter was still seeing Hudson.
Meanwhile, Hunter has been spending time with Hudson, who recently gave birth, at a hideaway in Edgewater, New Jersey.
The two seem to be living the high life, going out for dinner dates and driving new luxury vehicles.
Hunter was seen driving a new maroon convertible Rolls-Royce last Saturday to pick up Hudson and take her out to dinner, with the massage therapist proudly showing off her post baby pooch.
The 33-year-old, whose hair was freshly curled, carried a $5,200 quilted Chanel purse while wearing a chunky diamond chain necklace and diamond studs.
While Hunter treated his baby mama to a Ferrari, he seems to have also treated himself to new cars, including the luxury Rolls-Royce.
Hudson was seen driving her new sports car last Monday, exiting the flashy vehicle in a $1,260 Thom Browne tracksuit that showed off her post-baby body.
And Kevin has spared no expense on his own duds as well, seen one day in a $1,500 Fendi vest, $490 Fendi hat, $770 Fendi pants and $515 Fendi sunglasses.
The couple have been hiding out in New Jersey weeks after Hudson was secreted away to Hahnemann University Hospital in Philadelphia to give birth in order to avoid media attention.
Hunter has been seen at the secret hideaway chauffeuring Sharina around. Kevin was served with divorce papers from Wendy last Thursday morning at the TV studio, according to reports.
Extra security was hired in case Kevin, known to have a temper, got enraged on set. But there were apparently no outbursts.
The split will most likely be contested as Hunter is an executive producer on Williams’ TV show and told Hudson that he couldn’t afford to split from Wendy because she paid all the bills, a source previously told MM.
In New Jersey, parties can file fault or no-fault. Fault allows a judge to dock alimony based on the seriousness of the offence. Proving will not be hard for either side in this case.
Reasons for fault include adultery, abandonment, physical or emotional abuse, and alcohol or drug abuse.
The Wendy Williams Show said in a statement: ‘Wendy and her family have been a part of Debmar-Mercury for over 10 years. We respect their privacy regarding personal matters. As always, we remain committed to bringing an entertaining and topical show to our viewers.’
A personal representative for Williams said: ‘Thank you to everyone for respecting the family’s privacy during this time. Kevin is supportive of Wendy and they are working through this process together. No additional comment will be provided at this time.’
Williams filing for divorce comes after MM revealed she had been living in a sober living home in Queens, New York, being treated for addiction to booze and prescription drugs.
Her downward spiral was sparked in December after she learned Hunter was still seeing Hudson, his mistress of more than a decade.
Hunter said, ‘this just happened,’ when he was asked to speak about the divorce to Radar Online. He added: ‘Not speaking now.’
Meanwhile, Williams seemed to be in good spirits on her morning show on Thursday.
A source previously told MM that Wendy was keeping her ring on during filming until she worked out what to do with Hunter, but was taking it off once outside of the studio.
They said at the time: ‘Wendy is considering divorcing Kevin. She’s really distraught over the situation, she knew about Sharina but didn’t think a baby would arrive, she didn’t think Kevin would go this far, she’s lost and everyone is worried for her.’
Williams has previously discussed difficulties in her marriage on her show, saying: ‘Marriages are not easy. And don’t ask me about mine until you see [my wedding ring] gone – it ain’t going anywhere, not in this lifetime.’
A recently resurfaced excerpt from Williams’ memoir reveals that she vowed to leave her husband if another woman had his child.
Wendy wrote in her 2001 memoir it would be one of the only things that would make her part ways from Hunter once and for all after revealing he’d already cheated on her earlier on in their relationship.
Williams – who married her manager in 1997 and has a son named Kevin Hunter Jr with him – wrote in Wendy’s Got the Heat: ‘The only thing that would make me walk out for good is if he lied about anything – if he was in love, if she was just as successful at what she does as I am in my career, if she had his baby.’
Williams’ marital problems are the root of cause of her addiction to booze and pills, kicking off last December when the star hired a private investigator to spy on Hunter who she suspected was still carrying on with Hudson, MM revealed last month.
In 2017, Hudson had been at the center of a MM investigation that exposed her ten-year affair with Williams’ husband.
After being told the secret affair was still very much alive, the TV host confronted Hunter demanding to know why he was still seeing the 33-year-old qualified massage therapist.
During the heated clash, it’s believed Williams fell and hit her shoulder on the ground, suffering a hairline fracture.
Devastated, Williams quickly plunged into a depression while recovering from the injury and began drinking heavily. During the time away from hosting her show, Williams’ drinking – coupled with powerful pain medication – proved a potent cocktail. Williams, who has a history of drug addiction, became hooked.
After returning from rehab in Florida, Williams began living in a sober home in Queens, which is situated above a barbershop in an unassuming red brick building in Long Island City.
But when news broke that Hudson had given birth to a little girl in late March, she checked herself out of her sober living home and started drinking – eventually being found by her team who took her to the hospital to sober up.
It’s understood the star’s sober coach, who had been with her 24 hours a day, raised the alarm. A studio source told MM: ‘She was in a bad way and disappeared from the studio after her show Monday.
‘She went back to the sober house only to check herself out and decided to start drinking. ‘It’s not clear where she went but she headed in the direction of her home in Jersey and managed to find alcohol along the way.’
They continued: ‘Word got back to the studio and there was panic and concern, everyone was looking for her, no one knew whether there would be a show today.
‘She was eventually found and was drunk, she was immediately taken to the hospital.’
Although Hudson has made several ultimatums to Hunter, insisting he leave Williams so they can settle down and start a family together, Hunter told her he can’t leave Wendy because she paid all the bills.
‘Kevin is in love with Sharina but he told her he can’t leave his wife, but the only reason he is still with Wendy is because he and Sharina can’t take care of themselves – they need her money,’ a source told MM.