*Wendy Williams won’t be returning to her daytime talk show anytime soon, as she has reportedly been hospitalized for complications stemming from Graves’ disease.
As reported by Yahoo.com, Graves’ disease is an autoimmune thyroid disease, meaning the antibodies of the immune systems affect the function of the thyroid, a gland located in your neck. But instead of attacking the gland, these antibodies stimulate it, causing the production of more and more hormones.
“As Wendy Williams Hunter previously shared, she fractured her shoulder and has been on the mend. Over the past few days, Wendy has experienced complications regarding her Graves’ Disease that will require treatment. Wendy will be under the strict supervision of her physicians, and as part of her care, there will be significant time spent in the hospital,” a statement from the family read.
“Despite her strong desire to return, she is taking a necessary, extended break from her show to focus on her personal and physical well-being. Wendy thanks everyone in advance for their well-wishes and for respecting her and The Hunter Family’s privacy during this time.”
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Distributor and producer Debmar-Mercury said “The Wendy Williams Show” will air repeat episodes the week of Jan. 21 and will produce original episodes with a variety of hosts starting the week of Jan. 28.
A source told Page Six: “Staff at [Williams’] show are eager to get back to work. We are all hoping she is well. The mood at the set is good . . . We just want Wendy to get better.”
“For over ten years, Wendy has been a vital part of the Debmar-Mercury family,” the company said in a statement. “We wholeheartedly support Wendy in this decision to take the time she needs and we will welcome her back with open arms the moment she is ready.”
Williams has delayed her show’s return twice since she fractured her shoulder in December. It was originally set to return shortly after the New Year but was pushed back to Jan. 14. The return date was delayed gain to Jan. 21 to give Wendy time to heal.
Wendy Williams first revealed she had Graves’ disease in February of 2018.