There’s been a lot of talk about ‘The Wendy Williams Show‘ lately, and it looks like it’ll be that way for quite some time. The ex-husband of Wendy Williams, Kevin Hunter, has filed a lawsuit against the production company, Debmar-Mercury, for wrongful termination.
According to documents exclusively obtained by The Shade Room, the ex-husband of the media maven filed documents in New York on Monday, February 28th.
In his lawsuit, Kevin Hunter claims he was terminated “on the basis of his marital status which is barred by the New York City Human Rights Law.”
As a result of the firing, Hunter “has suffered an economic loss, which will be determined by trial, in the range of seven to ten million dollars,” the filing states.
He claims that in April of 2019, after Wendy filed for divorce, he received a letter from the Debmar-Mercury that stated he was terminated. The letter read in part, “effective immediately, your role as Executive Producer of the Wendy Williams Show is terminated, and your professional relationship with Debmar-Mercury is also concluded.”
The lawsuit claims that in 2007 the production company started negotiation talks with him and Wendy Williams. the ex-husband of the media maven also states he “represented Williams at all times during the negotiations between Debmar and Williams.”
Hunter also stated, “he was used to being behind the scenes of Williams’ prior ventures and used his business knowledge and street smarts to negotiate a significant financial increase from the initial contract being offered to Williams.”
The suit also says he was an executive producer of the show “from on or about November of 2007, to April of 2019.”
The documents state Hunter was contractually obligated to 10% of “commission on revenues.”
Also mentioned, are the duties Hunter was responsible for. Among the many listed, he alleges some of his duties involved “the creation of the show’s brand and the look and feel of the show; helping conceptualize the wildly popular, ‘Hot Topics,’ ‘Shoe Cam,’ and ‘Hot Seat,’ segments of the show.”
The filing claims that many of the segments Hunter helped create on ‘The Wendy Williams Show’ “will be part of Sherri Shepherd’s new show.”
He also states “the show never recovered from his firing” and “defendants underestimated Plaintiff’s value to the show.”
Kevin Hunter is asking for “not less than $7,000,000″ and “punitive damages, lost wages, commissions.” He’s also asking for “the costs and fees of this proceeding, including legal fees.”