'Wendy Williams Show' Wigs Out Over 500th Episode
May promises a star-studded lineup, cash prizes and audience giveaways
"The Wendy Williams Show" is celebrating its landmark 500th episode with big celebrity guests, surprise giveaways, games awarding $5,000 in cash and some wild and wiggy changes for the hostess. Wendy Williams will hang up her traditional long, curly locks to try out a different wig every day leading up to the milestone 500th show on Wednesday, May 23.
The festivities kick off April 30, and Williams is pulling out all the stops. She's even invited hater Joel McHale to make his first appearance on her show, which he regularly makes fun of on his show, "The Soup." Bill Bellamy, Paula Abdul, Michael Ealy, Matthew Modine, Raven-Symone, Kenan Thompson and Chandra Wilson are a few other guests on the docket, with the full schedule listed below.
At home, viewers can get in on the surprise giveaway swag by visiting www.wendyshow.com. You'll have to be in the studio audience, however, to play "The Wendy 500" games. Williams will give guests a chance to win $5,000 cash in a different game each week. First up, it's the money booth. The week of May 7, participants will swing a sledgehammer in the strong man challenge. Then, it's a basketball challenge for the week of May 14.
Here's a look at "The Wendy Williams Show" guest lineup leading up to the big 500:
April 30: Jennifer Tilly, Dave Mizejewski, “Celebrity Apprentice” castoff
May 1: Dylan Walsh, Mark Deklin; B.o.B.performs
May 2: Gabby Sidibe, Meredith Baxter, George Kotsiopoulos
May 3: Joel McHale, Jennifer Aspen, The E-Street singers perform
May 4: Raven-Symone, Amanda DeCadenet
May 7: Kenan Thompson, “Celebrity Apprentice” castoff, Lolo Jones
May 8: Melissa Gorga, Kathy Wakile, Carrie Keagan
May 9: Cat Cora
May 10: Audra McDonald, Andy Cohen
May 11: Michael Ealy, Matthew Modine
May 14: “Celebrity Apprentice” castoff, Joyful Drake
May 15: Tia Mowry, “Duck Dynasty” family
May 16: Sarah Shahi
May 17: Chandra Wilson
May 18: “Celebrity Apprentice” finalist, Nicole Ari Parker
May 22: “Single Ladies” cast
May 23: Paula Abdul and Bill Bellamy
"The Wendy Williams Show" airs weekdays in syndication and at midnight BET.