Amid reports of health issues, Wendy Williams is reportedly stepping away from her self-named talk show. According to E! News, Williams has made the decision to focus on her own wellbeing for the remainder of this season, which means her show needs to find a new cohost.
According to a source, The Wendy Williams Show will be hosted by a woman who needs no introduction to daytime television. And she has guest-hosted the show already before.
Over the last several months, Williams’ show has used guests hosts to fill in for Wendy while she focuses on her health. Now it is being reported that one of those guest hosts may hold a more permeant place as host, at least until Williams is better.
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The source revealed to E! News that the show is in talks with Sherri Shepherd to regularly fill in for Williams. However, when asked about that specific news, a representative for Shepherd made this comment:
“Sherri Shepherd is thrilled to be invited back to guest host the Wendy Williams Show the week of February 21st. No comment on these rumors.” According to Shepherd’s rep, they only confirmed that she will be guest hosting from February 21 through February 25.
As TMZ reports, producers are still holding off to see if their host’s health improves. While it remains unclear exactly what kind of health issues Williams is dealing with, it was reported roughly four months ago that Williams contract COVID-19.
Over the last several years, Williams has also been vocal about her struggle with Graves’ disease, especially after she passed out during the filming of her talk show in 2017. Graves’ disease is caused by having an overactive thyroid.
In October, Wendy wrote on Instagram that, in terms of her health, she is “making progress but it’s just one of those things that are taking longer than expected. I’m a woman of a certain age, and I know enough to listen to my doctors and will return to my purple chair as soon as we all agree I’m ready.”
Because it is an autoimmune disorder, William would have been considered high risk after contracting COVID-19. However, another Instagram statement read, according to E! News, suggested that COVID is no longer the issue for her.
“[Wendy] has been and continues to be under a doctor’s care and is still not ready to return to work. Her breakthrough COVID case is no longer an issue and she has tested negative but she is still dealing with some ongoing medical issues.”
Williams has not issued a statement regarding the reports that Sherri Shepherd will be filling in for her on a more consistent basis.
Sara Vallone has been a writer and editor for the last four and a half years. A graduate of Ohio University, she enjoys celebrity news, sports, and articles that enhance people’s lives.
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