A TV host whose talk show is a fixture of the daytime television landscape has been hospitalized. The New York Post reports that Wendy Williams was hospitalized for complications from Graves’ disease.
In a statement, her family said: “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. 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.”
The show’s distributor and producer, Debmar-Mercury, said “The Wendy Williams Show” will air repeat episodes next week and will produce original episodes with a variety of hosts starting the week of Jan. 28.
In a statement, Debmar-Mercury said: “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.”
The Post adds: “Williams, 54, fractured her shoulder in December and then began to worry fans when she slurred her words on-air. She later apologized and blamed the painkillers she was taking. Since then, Williams has delayed her show’s return twice. It was originally supposed to return shortly after the New Year but was pushed back to Jan. 14. The show pushed the return date again to Jan. 21 in order to allow Williams to heal and come back ‘200%.’”