Wendy Williams Talks Her Hard Road to Happiness

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Wendy Williams
Miller Mobley

08/10/2014 AT 03:00 PM EDT

Wendy Williams is not one to mince words.

Asked how she feels about turning 50 and becoming a card-carrying member of the AARP this year, the daytime talk host makes it plain: "I've still got all my teeth, and 90 percent of the time nothing hurts when I wake up in the morning," she says, seated on the couch beside her kitchen table.

"It's not like the 1930s version of 50. I've got a whole other chapter of life to go."

And like most modern women of a certain age, she's not interested in slowing down.

After taping her syndicated talk show that morning in New York City, she raced back to the Livingston, New Jersey, home she shares with husband Kevin Hunter and their 13-year-old son Kevin Jr. for PEOPLE's photo shoot.

And once the obligatory gown changes and surprise landscaping issues are handled, Williams takes a moment to reflect.

"I feel good," she says with a nod. "No, I feel like I'm just getting started."

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