Dr. Mehmet Oz says pal Wendy Williams will rise ‘from the ashes’ after divorce from Kevin Hunter

Dr. Mehmet Oz has high hopes for his longtime friend Wendy Williams amid her journey to sobriety and divorce from Kevin Hunter.

“Separation from someone you loved and been with a long time is always painful, but [she will rise] from the ashes,” the cardiothoracic surgeon, 58, told Us Weekly exclusively on Tuesday, April 16, while attending HealthCorps’ 13th annual gala, which he cohosted with his wife, Lisa Oz. “She’ll come back up again and it’ll happen.”

Dr. Oz pointed out that his bond with Williams, 54, dates back to when his syndicated series, The Dr. Oz Show, premiered in 2009, a year after The Wendy Williams Show.

“We’ve been close friends that entire time,” he told Us. “I know how difficult it is to do what she’s doing. Going through, first of all, the alcoholism in itself, makes her one of the 25 million people in recovery in America. I love when people in recovery brag about it ‘cause it’s real and it lasts. She’s a wonderful example of that.”

Lisa, 55, also sent “all the love in the world” to the Ask Wendy author, telling Us, “We adore Wendy and just want great things for her always.”

An emotional Williams revealed on the March 19 episode of her talk show that she had been living in a sober house. Days later, she was reportedly hospitalized for an alcohol relapse after Hunter, 46, welcomed a baby girl with his alleged mistress, Sharina Hudson.

The Emmy nominee filed for divorce from her husband of more than 21 years on April 10, citing “irreconcilable differences.” The estranged couple share 18-year-old son Kevin Jr.

“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,” a source later told Us exclusively. “She is already receiving a ton of support, and everyone is rallying around her.”

Hunter broke his silence on the split on Tuesday, April 16, admitting in a statement to Us that he is “not proud of my recent actions.” He added, “[I] take full accountability and apologize 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.”

Another insider told Us that the TV producer has been on the set of his estranged wife’s show, but his exit is “inevitable.”

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Wendy Williams and husband Kevin Hunter together through the years
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Wendy Williams and husband Kevin Hunter together through the years
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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