Wendy Williams will not be returning to hosting duties for her talk show, at least for now, due to “serious complications” from Graves’ Disease and a thyroid condition.
‘The Wendy Williams Show’ host released a statement through her production company, outlining the reasons for her not returning to the show — and announcing they will use fill-in hosts for the upcoming weeks. In the statement, the company does not say when Wendy will be returning to the show, but wouldn’t go as far as to say she is out for good.
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“The Wendy Williams Show will start airing originals on Monday, October 18, with an exciting lineup of guest hosts and panels to be announced shortly,” the statement began.
Wendy Williams Under Medical Supervision For Complications For ‘Grave’s Disease’
They continued, “Wendy continues to be under medical supervision and meets with her medical team on a daily basis. She is making progress but is experiencing serious complications as a direct result of Graves’ Disease and her thyroid condition. It has been determined that more time is needed before she is able to return to her live hosting duties.”
Interestingly, the company included a message that sure seems to be them admitting she might be out for an extended period of time. “Wendy is a valued and stalwart member of the Debmar-Mercury family and has been so for 12 years. We want her health to be her top priority.” Adding, “As soon as she’s ready, she will be back in her treasured purple chair. We very much appreciate the respect for Wendy’s privacy, as well as all the good wishes from her fans, station partners, and advertisers.”
Wendy Williams Hospitalized After Call For ‘Psychiatric Services’
As we reported, the original Season 13 premiere date was pressed back due to Wendy testing positive for COVID-19. It was pushed back a second time after the talk show host was hospitalized with other health issues. Williams was reportedly rushed to the hospital after someone in her building called 911 claiming she needed “psychiatric services.”
At the time, Wendy was “lonely” and struggling with her mental health, a source told PageSix. “It has been a very difficult time for Wendy. She’s a single woman with very few friends. She lost her marriage, her mom, and is living alone,” they said. Adding, “There is a lot on her plate.”
This isn’t the first time Wendy has been forced to take time off of her show due to medical issues. Back in 2020, the talk show host was absent from her show due to complications from Graves’ disease. The condition is an autoimmune disease that results from an overactive thyroid gland.
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Wendy Williams: It’s Like A Storm In My Body
“I had a storm going in my body is the best way I can explain it,” Wendy previously described the condition. Saying, “It came from me neglecting my six-month endocrinology appointment. I have Graves’ disease and hyperthyroid. If you have one you don’t necessarily have to have the other, but I have both.”
Several reports indicate Nick Cannon might be taking the reigns on the television show, but, so far it hasn’t been confirmed.