Wendy Williams was spotted saying she’s “doing fabulous” in a video posted this week, but she’s not yet ready to return to her talk show after facing major Graves’ disease complications.
“I’m making progress, but it’s just one of those things that’s taking longer than we expected,” Williams, 57, wrote in an Instagram post last month. “Right now Wendy has to focus on Wendy.”
Season 13 of The Wendy Williams Show premiered on October 18 with a series of guest hosts, including fan favorites Sherri Shepherd and Leah Remini.
Wendy Williams isn’t ready to return to TV just yet—but according to a new clip making the rounds on social media, she’s on the mend.
In a video posted Wednesday by gossip blog The Shade Room, Williams was seen exiting a Miami wellness center. “Wendy is doing fabulous,” the talk-show host told the cameraman. When asked if she has anything else to tell fans, she promised “lots more Wendy stuff” down the line.
Williams has so far been absent from season 13 of The Wendy Williams Show amid serious health issues. In a November 8 Instagram post, her last official communication with fans, she explained her ongoing health concerns: “HOW YOU DOIN’?” Williams, 57, wrote. “As everyone knows, my health has been a hot topic. I’m making progress, but it’s just one of those things that’s taking longer than we expected.”
Recently, unsubstantiated claims about Williams—including that she’s had to use a wheelchair and that she’s suffering from early-onset dementia—have concerned fans. But there’s no truth to those rumors, according to Tommy Williams, the host’s younger brother. “We haven’t had any alerts like that, and I haven’t seen anything like that or have had conversations with her that would lead me to believe that,” he told The Sun last week.
In an October update, the show’s team revealed the real reason why Williams wouldn’t be hosting the season. “She is making progress but is experiencing serious complications as a direct result of Graves’ disease and her thyroid condition,” the statement said. “It has been determined that more time is needed before she is able to return to her live hosting duties.”
“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,” Williams continued in her November 8 post. “I want to thank all of my staff and our guest hosts for stepping up and stepping in while I can’t be there.”
Williams has delayed her return to TV four times since September 9, when she canceled all public appearances. Season 13 of The Wendy Williams Show was originally slated for a September 20 premiere; it was pushed to October 4, then to October 18, when it returned with a series of guest hosts, including new favorites like Sherri Shepherd and Leah Remini.
Williams announced she had been diagnosed with Graves’ disease, an autoimmune disorder that causes an overactive thyroid, three years ago. She has previously taken extended breaks from her show in 2018, 2019, and 2020. The host also contracted a breakthrough COVID-19 infection in September (despite being vaccinated), although a previous announcement assured fans she has since fully recovered from the virus.
Graves’ disease causes hyperthyroidism, or an excess of thyroid hormone, leading to symptoms like chronic fatigue, trembling hands, and sleeping difficulties, per the National Institutes of Health. There is no cure, but treatment can help patients manage symptoms and avoid more serious health complications. Williams also has lymphedema, or the swelling caused by a buildup of lymph fluid, that presents as swollen legs and ankles.
“I had a storm going in my body is the best way I can explain it,” Williams told People in 2018. “I love doing the show, but I love me more. So I’m going to take care of me, so I can be there for them.”
“Most of all, I want to thank my fans. I have heard your prayers and comments and feel all the love!” Williams wrote on Instagram. “You are everything to me. I love spending my mornings with you all and I’m doing everything I can to get back to work, but right now Wendy has to focus on Wendy. I love you for watching.”
With any luck, we’ll be watching Williams again soon.
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