Wendy Williams has been taking time off from her duties as the host of The Wendy Williams due to her battle with Graves’ disease.
Williams had never even taken a sick day until a few weeks ago, when she told audiences that her doctor ordered her to take a three-week break from work. Williams will make her return to the show on Monday, March 19.
Wendy’s friend Jerry O’Connell took over as the show’s first guest host immediately after Wendy made her announcement. She said, “Jerry has been such a good friend to me and the show,” Wendy explained. “We’re happy to welcome him as a guest host while I’m out getting much needed rest. Can’t wait to get back in my purple chair!”
Last October, fans became concerned when Williams fainted on air during her Halloween episode. Speaking on the show the following day, Williams admitted, “It was scary. It was really scary.” She said that she sometimes pushes herself too hard and believes this is what happened.
Graves disease is one of the most common kinds of thyroid problems, and the leading cause of hyperthyroidism.