Wendy Williams Will Return to Her Talk Show Next Month After Long Health-Related Break
The Wendy Williams Show announced last month that the host was taking an "extended break" due to Graves' disease complications
The Wendy Williams Show announced Thursday that the star will return to host for the first time since December on March 4.
“Wendy Williams is an incredible talent with the most unique voice in daytime,” Debmar-Mercury, the distributor and producer of the show, said in a statement. “We can’t wait to welcome her back to her iconic purple chair on the set of her show on Monday, March 4th.”
“We so appreciate all of the guest hosts and panelists who filled in for Wendy during this time,” the statement continued. “These people are, and always will be, true family to the show. And we want to thank all of the loyal and supportive fans who have been with us for 10 years now. And of course, we thank our station and business partners, who stepped up in such a supportive way.”
Williams, 54, also released a statement, saying: “Salute to Debmar-Mercury for believing from the start and thanks to my staff for tirelessly holding it down for me.”
The Wendy Williams Show will air reruns next week.
Williams, who said she fractured her shoulder in December, was supposed to resume taping The Wendy Williams Show on Jan. 14. Her return was then pushed back to Jan. 21 before the show announced that she would be taking a “necessary, extended break from her show to focus on her personal and physical well-being.” (Williams has Graves’ disease, an autoimmune disease that affects the thyroid.)
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The show has since been producing original episodes with a variety of hosts serving in her absence, including Nick Cannon, Michael Rapaport and Jerry O’Connell.
Earlier this month, Cannon, 38, provided an update on Williams, saying they spoke on the phone and she “sounded so strong and she wanted to thank each and every one of you.” Cannon also shot down rumors that have been circulating about possible marital woes between Williams and her husband, Kevin Hunter.
“We was tearing up and everything because she said something to me that was actually really powerful,” he said. “Because you know me and Wendy had a love-hate relationship over the years. But it’s nothing but love because I love my queen and when she said this — she said there can be negativity out there and she hears the things about people talking about her family unit and what’s going on and she was like, ‘You know what, we don’t want to bring that negative energy when you’re trying to heal.’ ”
He continued, “You need your family and you need your friends in moments like this and that’s when love is truly tested. You know I’ma stick through this regardless of what’s going on. … So I spoke to everybody as a unit and we’re going to give her the same type of love because it’s all about this unit. She said, ‘Have fun, but don’t get too comfortable because I’m coming back.’ ”
The Wendy Williams Show airs weekdays (check local listings).