How Wendy Williams’ staff is reacting to her divorce news

There’s a “mixed bag of emotions” backstage at The Wendy Williams Show after host Wendy Williamsfiled for divorce from producer Kevin Hunter after nearly 22 years of marriage.

Staff members on the syndicated talk show are “shocked that it actually happened” but are “very supportive of Wendy,” a source exclusively tells Us Weekly.

Furthermore, the staff feels “relieved” by the development. “It’s like a weight lifted off everyone’s shoulders,” the source adds. “Kevin’s toxicity was dragging everyone down.”

Citing “irreconcilable differences,” Williams, 54, filed for divorce from Hunter, 46, on Wednesday, April 10, with divorce papers served to Hunter the following morning at the studio where the show films. The news comes one month after Hunter’s alleged mistress, Sharina Hudson, welcomed a daughter whom the TV producer has not confirmed is his.

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Wendy Williams and husband Kevin Hunter together through the years
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NEW YORK, NY - JULY 11: (EXCLUSIVE COVERAGE)(L-R) Kevin Hunter, wife Wendy Williams and son Kevin Hunter Jr pose at a celebration for The Hunter Foundation Charity that helps fund programs for families and youth communities in need of help and guidance at Planet Hollywood Times Square on July 11, 2017 in New York City. (Photo by Bruce Glikas/Bruce Glikas/Getty Images)
NEW YORK, NY - JANUARY 14: TV personality Wendy Williams (r) and husband Kevin Hunter attend the Smif N Wessun - Dah Shinin' 20 Year Anniversary concert at S.O.B.'s on January 14, 2015 in New York City. (Photo by Johnny Nunez/WireImage)
NEW YORK, NY - DECEMBER 05: Wendy Williams and Kevin Hunter attend the New York Knicks vs Brooklyn Nets game at Barclays Center on December 5, 2013 in New York City. (Photo by James Devaney/WireImage)
NEW YORK, NY - MAY 09: (L-R) Wendy Williams, Hunter Kevin and Carlos Narcisse attend the 'Ask Wendy' Book Release Party at Pink Elephant on May 9, 2013 in New York City. (Photo by Johnny Nunez/WireImage)
NEW YORK, NY - MAY 24: Wendy Williams and her husband Kevin Hunter attends 'The Wendy Williams Show' 500th episode celebration at Element on May 24, 2012 in New York City. (Photo by Bobby Bank/WireImage)
NEW YORK, NY - APRIL 24: Wendy Williams and Kevin Hunter leave 'The Late Show with David Letterman' at Ed Sullivan Theater on April 24, 2012 in New York City. (Photo by Donna Ward/Getty Images)
(L-R) Kevin Hunter and Wendy Williams attend Wendy Williams' 2010 Holiday party at Nikki Beach on December 29, 2010 in New York City. (Photo by Johnny Nunez/WireImage)
NEW YORK - OCTOBER 19: Television personality Wendy Williams (R) and her husband Kevin Hunter leave the 'Celebrity Apprentice' film set at Famiglia Restaurant on October 19, 2010 in New York City. (Photo by Ray Tamarra/Getty Images)
NEW YORK - AUGUST 25: (L-R) Kevin Hunter, Wendy Williams and Bruce Oust ring the opening bell at the NASDAQ MarketSite on August 25, 2010 in New York City. (Photo by John Lamparski/WireImage)
(L-R) Kevin Hunter, NFL player Lamar Odom, TV personality Khloe Kardashian Odom, and TV and radio personality Wendy Williams attend the Casio 'Shock the World' event at The Manhattan Center on August 2, 2010 in New York City.
WATER MILL, NY - JULY 30: Kevin hunter and Wendy Williams attend QVC Style Initiative Dinner hosted by CEO Mike George at the home of Dennis Basso and partner Michael Cominotto on July 30, 2010 in Water Mill, NY. (Photo by PATRICK MCMULLAN/Patrick McMullan via Getty Images)
NEW YORK - NOVEMBER 30: Wendy Williams and husband Kevin Hunter attend Sari Baez's Birthday celebration at Marquee on November 30, 2009 in New York City. (Photo by Johnny Nunez/WireImage)
NEW YORK - SEPTEMBER 29: Kevin Hunter and Wendy Williams attend the Patron Music in Motion Tour Party at Marquee on September 29, 2008 in New York City. (Photo by Johnny Nunez/WireImage)
NEW YORK - SEPTEMBER 12: Wendy Williams and Kevin Hunter attend the Rebirth of Hip Hop hosted by Sean 'Diddy' Combs and Russell Simmons on September 12, 2007 in New York City, New York (Photo by Johnny Nunez/WireImage)
Wendy Williams with Kevin Hunter (Photo by Bennett Raglin/WireImage)
Husband/manager Kevin Hunter and Wendy Williams during Go On!! Alize Day with Wendy Williams - July 7, 2006 at W Hotel in New York City, New York, United States. (Photo by Johnny Nunez/WireImage)
Husband/manager Kevin Hunter and Wendy Williams during Wendy Williams's Signs to Alize as National Spokesperson at Kobrand Headquarters in New York City, New York, United States. (Photo by Johnny Nunez/WireImage)
Kevin Hunter and Wendy Williams (of Power 105.1 FM in NYC) (Photo by Johnny Nunez/WireImage)
Kevin Hunter and Wendy Williams during Wendy Williams presents Dons and Diva's Black Party Hosted by Mary J. Blige - Inside at Crobar in New York City, New York, United States. (Photo by Johnny Nunez/WireImage)
NEW YORK CITY, NEW YORK - JUNE 22: Wendy Williams and Kevin Hunter attend Wendy Williams CD Launch at Quo co-hosted by Courvoisier Ambassadrice Nina Shay, New York City at Quo on June 22, 2005 in New York City. (Photo by Erik T. Kaiser/Patrick McMullan via Getty Images)
Kevin Hunter and Wendy Williams during Faith Evans Album Release Party for The First Lady - Inside at Supper Club in New York City, New York, United States. (Photo by Johnny Nunez/WireImage)
Wendy Williams of 107.5 fm and Kevin Hunter during Wendy Williams Birthday Party at Tens at Tens in New York City, New York, United States. (Photo by Johnny Nunez/WireImage)
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“There is still a lot to be worked out,” the source continues. “While the future is somewhat unclear, what is clear is that Wendy has a huge support system comprised of her staff, industry colleagues and family.”

Hours after the divorce news broke, the Ask Wendy author taped the episode of her show that aired on Friday, April 12. Though she addressed the “situation” of her swelling ankles and feet, she made no mention of her split from Hunter. Carol Durham, a guest of the show that day, said the atmosphere in the studio was upbeat. “The show taping was wonderful,” she told Us. “I had a great time; it was like a party.”

Williams, who married Hunter in 1997 and shares 18-year-old son Kevin Jr. with him, is “already receiving a ton of support and everyone is rallying around her,” the source tells Us. “This could be the best thing that’s ever happened to her personally and professionally. She finally woke up.

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