The Wendy Williams Show will no longer have Wendy Williams as its host.
After delaying the premiere of season 14 several times due to the host’s “ongoing health issues,” the show announced on Tuesday that it will return with new episodes starting Monday, Oct. 18.
“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,” read the show’s statement.
In 2018, Williams shared how she battles Graves’ disease, an immune system disorder that results in the overproduction of thyroid hormones. In the statement, The Wendy Williams Show it is made clear she will return as host. When that will be is unclear.
“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 message reads. “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 is dealing with some ongoing health issues and is undergoing further evaluations,” the previous statement to Instagram began.
“She will not be able to complete her promotional activities next week, but can’t wait to be back in her purple chair Monday, September 20th for the 13th season premiere.”
Last May, the 57-year-old stepped away from her talk show due to health concerns surrounding her Graves’ disease. A spokesperson for The Wendy Williams Show said at the time she had been “dealing with symptoms from her Graves’ disease, which is causing fatigue.”
Williams first shared her diagnosis in February 2018, when she announced that she would be taking a break after doctors prescribed her a “three weeks of vacation.”
“What I want to say to women, more than men, is stop putting everyone first because if we’re not good, they’re not good,” she said on her show.
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