Wendy Williams Taking 'Extended Break' from Talk Show Due to Graves' Disease Complications
Wendy Williams is taking another hiatus from her daytime talk show.
Almost a year after she took three weeks off following her announcement that she had been diagnosed with Graves’ disease, an autoimmune disease that affects the thyroid, in addition to thyroid issues of which she was previously aware, Williams is taking another break from The Wendy Williams Show.
The show announced Friday that Williams, 54, “is taking a necessary, extended break from her show to focus on her personal and physical well-being.”
“As Wendy Williams Hunter previously shared, she fractured her shoulder and has been on the mend,” reads the statement posted on the show’s official Instagram page. “Over the past few days, Wendy has experienced complications regarding her Graves’ Disease that will require treatment.”
“Wendy will be under the strict supervision of her physicians, and as part of her care, there will be significant time spent in the hospital,” continues the statement. “Despite her strong desire to return, she is taking a necessary, extended break from her show to focus on her personal and physical well-being. Wendy thanks everyone in advance for their well-wishes and for respecting her and The Hunter Family’s privacy during this time.”
Variety reported earlier this month that Williams, who is recovering after fracturing her shoulder in December, would resume taping The Wendy Williams Show on Jan. 21, a week later than the Jan. 14 return date that had been previously announced. (The show has been in reruns since Dec. 24.)
New episodes were supposed to resume on Jan. 14, but with a panel of “Hot Talkers” serving in the host’s absence.
Now, the show will instead air repeat episodes the week of Jan. 21 and will produce original episodes with a variety of hosts starting the week of Jan. 28, according to the official statement.
Debmar-Mercury, the distributor and producer of the show, said in a statement: “For over ten years, Wendy has been a vital part of the Debmar-Mercury family. We wholeheartedly support Wendy in this decision to take the time she needs and we will welcome her back with open arms the moment she is ready.”
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Williams missed the Dec. 17 taping of her show after suffering a hairline fracture to her right shoulder, though it’s unclear how. She broke the news of her injury to viewers on-air the following day, appearing in a sling.
“I’m on the mend, I don’t need an operation,” she said, joking: “They tell me I’m very healthy… for a person after 50.”
A few days later, the host prompted concern on social media after she began slurring her speech on-air Dec. 20.
She posted a statement on the show’s Instagram account later that day, apologizing for a “less than stellar” show and explaining that she had taken medication to manage her shoulder pain.