Popular daytime talk show host Wendy Williams is taking a hiatus from her show to deal with medical issues. People magazine reports that Williams needs the time off to focus on her hyperthyroidism and Graves’ disease.
“The talk show host, 53, announced on Wednesday’s show that she was diagnosed with Graves’, an autoimmune disease that affects the thyroid, in addition to thyroid issues of which she was previously aware,” People reports.
Williams said on the show: “Graves’ disease squeezes the muscles behind the eyeballs.” She added that the condition has made her eyeballs twitch.
“Williams admitted that her viewers spotted the eye issue before she did, adding that she attributed symptoms to focusing on her son Kevin‘s senior year of high school and applying to colleges as well as her work,” People notes.
The report quotes a rep for the show saying: “Wendy is a true champion and has never missed a day of work. But her health and well-being must be put before all else. Wendy has been openly dealing with her Graves’ disease for many years in addition to hyperthyroidism. Yesterday, Wendy’s doctor prescribed a necessary three weeks of rest to get her levels and medication in sync.”
The show will reportedly be in repeats during the hiatus.