Wendy Williams Extends Break From Talk Show Due To Graves' Disease

Wendy Williams is turning her attention away from her daytime talk show and onto her health, as per a new announcement on Friday (January 18).

In a statement from the Williams Hunter family, the 54-year-old TV host is still recovering from a fractured shoulder but has also experienced complications from her Graves' disease. This will require hospitalization and she will be taking time off "to focus on her personal and physical well-being." "As Wendy Williams Hunter previously shared, she fractured her shoulder and has been on the mend," the family said via a statement. "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. 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."

Distributor and producer Debmar-Mercury of the show also released a statement, saying, "For over ten years, Wendy has been a vital part of the Debmar-Mercury family. 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." In the meantime, The Wendy Williams Show, which is in its 10th season, will air repeat episodes the week of January 21 and produce original episodes with a variety of hosts starting the week of January 28, according to a show spokesperson. Earlier this month, Variety reported that Williams would resume taping on January 21, a week later than the initial January 14 return date.

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