Wendy Williams revealed in a new interview that she “can only feel maybe 5% of my feet” due to Lymphedema.
Her talk show, The Wendy Williams Show, recently ended after 13 years due to her ongoing health issues.
However, the 57-year-old is determined to continue her career in new ways.
It’s been a tough few years for Wendy Williams, whose talk show recently came to an end after 13 years. The 57-year-old had taken an extended leave of absence from hosting due to health complications from Graves’ disease (as well as “private things” that needed handling, she recently told Good Morning America), and now, the star told TMZ she “can only feel maybe 5% of my feet” due to Lymphedema.
According to the Mayo Clinic, Lymphedema is swelling caused by retention of protein-rich fluid that’s usually drained through the body’s lymphatic system and most commonly affects the arms and legs. Severe cases can impact mobility of the affected limbs. Williams told TMZ that her condition often requires her to use a wheelchair, but added that she can stand up.
Despite these complications, Williams is determined to press on in her career. And her plan is to move from the small screen to podcasting. “I’ve got enough money to do something else, and what I’ve never done—podcast,” she told TMZ. “Which, by the way, podcasts, everyone has. But when you’re famous, podcasts will make more money for me, being famous, than doing The Wendy Williams Show.”
She added that she’s “100% retired” from daytime TV, and also threw out the idea of potentially starting a new business venture in fashion: a sneaker brand catered to lymphedema swelling.
In February, Williams revealed to People through her rep Howard Bragman that her talk show was ending.
“It’s been a challenging time for Wendy as she deals with her health issues. She is incredibly grateful to Debmar-Mercury, to Sherri [Shepherd] and everybody else who has supported the show through this time,” Bragman said. “She, more than anyone, understands the reality of syndicated television—you can’t go to the marketplace and sell a show that’s the ‘Maybe Wendy Show.’”
Shortly thereafter, Shepherd, who filled in as host during much of Williams’ absence, announced that she will occupy the talk show’s time slot with her own daytime program: Sherri.
“OMG! I am so excited to have my dream come true and debut my very own talk show Sherri in the fall,” Shepherd said in a statement, per People.“I can’t wait until I return to NY to host the show and merge everything I love…pop culture, talk, entertainment, and comedy. I am thankful to Debmar-Mercury and FOX for partnering with me on this show and look forward to this new journey.”
As for what’s next for Williams, we’ll have to wait and see.
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