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Wendy Williams Offers an Update on Her Ongoing Health Issues — and How It's Affecting Her Career (UPDATED)
Her doctor prescribed a vacation from work to rest from Graves' Disease and thyroid issues.
UPDATE (March 6, 2018, 3:46 P.M.): Producers for Wendy's talk show confirmed on Tuesday that the talk show host will remain on leave for two more weeks and Jerry O'Connell will fill in for her during her hiatus from the program, according to TMZ. "Jerry has been such a good friend to me. We're happy to welcome him as a guest host while I'm out getting much needed rest." Wendy will reportedly return to her show on March 19.
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Wendy Williams isn't a fan of taking a day off, as the talk show dynamo noted when she canceled tapings of The Wendy Williams Show from February 14 through 16 after experiencing flu-like symptoms.
"I feel awful," she revealed in an Instagram video on February 14. "I had to be talked out of going to work today, and taking off a few days to get myself together. I'm a thoroughbred. I have not taken off since we started the show."
How's she doing now? Unfortunately, her doctor has ordered her to have an extended rest. She announced the reluctant hiatus on her show on Wednesday, sharing that she is dealing with thyroid issues like Graves' Disease, defined as an immune system disorder of the thyroid, and hyperthyroidism. “My doctor has prescribed — are you ready? — three weeks of vacation,” she said on the show, according to US Weekly. “I was pissed. Encore performances, really?”
Wendy's health issues have come into the spotlight on her talk show since she fainted live on air during a Halloween show in October. She explained that she was dehydrated and overheated while dressed in a heavy Lady Liberty costume.
Best wishes for a speedy recovery, Ms. Wendy!