After canceling a number of shows these past few weeks, Wendy Williams announced on-air that she would be taking three weeks off to focus on her health. The host was diagnosed with Graves' disease, a condition in which the thyroid overproduces hormones resulting in anxiety, hand tremor, heat sensitivity, weight loss, puffy eyes, and and enlarged thyroid.
Williams is not one to take time off. In fact, she joked that she'd be back in just two weeks, because, "I'm not an heiress. Who is going to pay my bills? Are you serious? I'm just saying, I come from working class."
It's not known if this diagnoses has anything to do with the fall she took back in October after fainting on air. Shortly after the stumble, her publicist told Us Weekly that Williams was "dehydrated and is on her way home for a good day and night of sleep. She has been examined by medical professionals and is well. She is OK and will continue as shows as planned. She will address this on-air tomorrow. She has never missed a day of work and is looking forward on November 13th to her 1500th show."
"They told me that I went down on my booty first … rolled onto my back, then, boom — on my head," Williams said to the audience when she returned. "I have no headache, no lump on my head. At 53 years old, no aching in my body. I am shocked."
For someone who rarely misses a day of work, taking three weeks off is significant. Here's to a speedy recovery and a swift return to her signature hot takes.
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