Entertainment TV 'Wendy Williams Show' Taps Leah Remini to Guest Host Premiere Week amid Williams' Health Issues Wendy Williams' ongoing health complications have delayed the premiere of her talk show's 13th season By Dory Jackson Dory Jackson Instagram Twitter Website Dory Jackson is an Associate Editor for PEOPLE's digital TV team. While at the brand, she's had the opportunity to interview a long list of celebrities, from Kate Hudson to Pierce Brosnan to Billy Porter. She also recaps popular TV shows like The Real Housewives of Beverly Hills and Vanderpump Rules.The New York-based Maryland native graduated from Randolph-Macon College in May 2016 with a focus in Communication Studies and Journalism. She came to PEOPLE in March 2021 after working at a number of major news companies, including Newsweek and Us Weekly. She also previously co-hosted a podcast called "Idol Nation." People Editorial Guidelines Published on October 14, 2021 12:00 PM Share Tweet Pin Email Wendy Williams is getting support from Leah Remini during her namesake talk show's season 13 premiere week. Remini, 51, will guest host The Wendy Williams Show from Tuesday to Friday amid Williams' ongoing health issues. "Wendy's shoes are hard to fill, so we needed to find the right fit," executive producer David Perler said of Remini, who is also the host of PEOPLE Puzzler on Game Show Network. "Leah will bring a lot of fun and energy to our viewers with a few surprises along the way." As for Monday's premiere episode, the show has tapped some of Williams' "favorite hot talk panelists" — Devyn Simone, Bevy Smith, Elizabeth Wagmeister and Michael Yo — to helm the hour-long episode. Together, they will "tackle the juiciest headlines in the news and share their take on the hottest topics." Jeff Kravitz/FilmMagic; Lars Niki/Getty Images Williams' recent health struggles have delayed the return of her syndicated series. The season 13 premiere, originally set for Sept. 20, was pushed to Oct. 4 after Williams, 57, tested positive for a breakthrough case of COVID-19 amid other health struggles. It was then pushed back for a second time to Oct. 18, with the show announcing late last month that Williams had recovered from COVID but was still dealing with additional health issues. Wendy Williams Pokes Fun at Mike Esterman Split Speculation — 'It Wasn't a Thing' Earlier this week, Williams' show announced there would be "an exciting lineup of guest hosts and panels" when it returns without her on Monday. "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," the show said in a statement. "It has been determined that more time is needed before she is able to return to her live hosting duties. "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. As soon as she's ready, she will be back in her treasured purple chair," the statement continued. "We very much appreciate the respect for Wendy's privacy, as well as all the good wishes from her fans, station partners and advertisers." Never miss a story — sign up for PEOPLE's free daily newsletter to stay up-to-date on the best of what PEOPLE has to offer, from juicy celebrity news to compelling human interest stories. Williams has long dealt with Graves' disease, an autoimmune disease that results in an overactive thyroid gland. She was diagnosed with the immune system disorder over two decades ago, she previously told PEOPLE, and took an extended hiatus from her show in May 2020 while struggling with it. Season 13 of The Wendy Williams Show premieres Monday (check local listings).