TV show host and actress Wendy Williams will not host the 13th season of her self-titled show. Management announced that they will start airing original shows on October 18 without her. Here's why.
The management of "The Wendy Williams Show" has recently found a solution, following the prolonged absence of renowned TV host Wendy Williams who has been experiencing serious health issues.
In a lengthy statement recently uploaded on Instagram, the show's management announced that they will air the critically-acclaimed show with several celebrities appearing as guest show hosts and panelists.
Wendy Williams attends the ceremony honoring her with a star on The Hollywood Walk of Fame on October 17, 2019 in Hollywood, California. | Photo: Getty Images
A NEW UPDATE
The Instagram post is the show's third update as fans have started wondering about the whereabouts of the 57-year-old TV personality. Referring to Willams' absence from her own show, the statement read:
"It has been determined that more time is needed before she is able to return to her live hosting duties."
In a September 15 announcement, the show notified fans that Williams contracted the COVID-19 virus and needed more recovery time. They wrote they would begin the show's 13th season on October 4.
Wendy Williams visits SiriusXM Studios on September 6, 2018. | Photo: Getty Images
Unfortunately, the airing of Williams' new season hit a snag once again. According to their September 30 statement, they will not have new episodes on October 4 and will reschedule it for October 18.
Several fans expressed their worries about Williams; others hoped that she would have a speedy recovery.
The show also updated fans that Williams already tested negative from the COVID-19 virus. However, the renowned host still needs a doctor's supervision as she still has other medical issues.
FACING GRAVES' DISEASE
While Williams has recovered from the COVID-19 virus, the show stated that Williams has been experiencing serious complications of Graves' Disease, an autoimmune condition affecting her thyroid gland.
Several fans expressed their worries about Williams; others prayed and hoped that she would have a speedy recovery. "Take all of the time you need Wendy. Your legacy is cemented. We love you!" a fan wrote.
Meanwhile, some fans admired how the show handled the situation and stood by their talent. "As soon as she's ready, she will be back in her treasured purple chair," the statement read.
The DailyMail.com reportedly found the former radio DJ vaping in her car.
As Williams' fans expressed warm support and well wishes, the show asked for privacy on behalf of the TV star. They also thanked fans for understanding her current situation.
NICK CANNON'S POSSIBLE TAKE OVER
With Williams' absence, executives of the show are reportedly pushing for comedian Nick Cannon to take over her syndicated TV show. A source said he has a significant platform and a huge fanbase.
Cannon is no stranger to hosting. The 41-year-old comedian has shown off his hosting skills in "The Nick Cannon Show," "Wild' n Out," "America's Got Talent," "Lip Sync Battle Shorties," and The Masked Singer."
News about Cannon replacing Williams comes after she was reportedly spotted leaving her New York City apartment in a wheelchair while wearing a facemask, yellow socks, and printed outfit.
Seemingly in contrast to the show's recent statement, a photographer from DailyMail.com reportedly found the former radio DJ vaping inside her black SUV.
The photos showed that she looked well, amid her reported health issues. When Williams noticed a photographer from the said online news website, the acclaimed broadcaster allegedly stopped vaping and immediately rolled her windows up.
She was also found chatting with an unidentified man wearing a black suit outside her car. After the chat, she went shopping at the Verizon store. The "Think Like a Man" actress was pictured weeks after announcing the cancellation of her promotional events due to her health issues.
Besides spotting Williams vaping inside her car, an insider reportedly claimed that she was drinking liquor every day even while filming her TV show.
The source also added that many workers on the show have been aware of Williams' behavior on set, and simply tolerated it because they did not want to lose their jobs.
Amid her ongoing health issues, Williams reportedly bought a whopping $4.5 million high-rise duplex apartment in a luxury building nestled at the Financial District in New York City.
Shortly after she bought her apartment, speculations arose that she was rushed to the hospital for a mental health check. The Sun previously reported that a woman living in an NYC apartment was sent to the hospital.
The woman initially called 911 for "psychiatric services" and police from the New York Police District went up to the woman's apartment located in a sophisticated district.
The Sun also reported that the troubled woman who dialed 911 matched Williams' description. However, the NYPD police could not confirm whether it was the veteran TV host who called for help. Williams' representative has yet to comment on the speculations.
WILLIAMS' DATING LIFE
The iconic host is no stranger to facing several controversies, especially in the dating department. Recently, she went viral on social media after she was spotted walking out of a restaurant with "Love & Hip-Hop: Hollywood" star Ray J.
The star shared on Instagram that Ray J took her to brunch, adding in her post that she is close to his family and that she considers him her little brother. Ray J is R&B singer Brandy's older sibling and the estranged husband of reality star Princess Love.
Besides Ray J, Williams reportedly dated businessman Mike Esterman. However, their relationship did not prosper, and they parted ways.
In a previous TV interview, Williams revealed she has set ground rules before entering into a relationship or getting married. One of the rules she shared was about living independently despite being in a marital union.
Williams was first married to businessman Bert Girigorie for a year until they divorced in 1995. She also tied the knot with TV producer Kevin Hunter for 22 years but called it quits in 2019.
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