Wendy Williams announced that she will be taking a break from The Wendy Williams Show to focus on her health.
On Wednesday, the TV show host, 53, told her audience she was ordered by her doctors to take a three-week break after being diagnosed with Graves’ Disease, which causes the body to produce too much thyroid hormone..
“My doctor has prescribed — are you ready? — three weeks of vacation,” she told viewers after detailing her symptoms, which include difficulty sleeping and irritability. “I was pissed. Encore performances, really?”
Williams also addressed comments that something was wrong after she appeared to have twitchy eyes on-air in a previous broadcast. “Graves’ disease squeezes the muscles behind the eyeballs,” Williams explained.
“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,” a show representative told US Weekly, “The show will be in repeats during this unplanned hiatus. A live show was produced today so that Wendy could speak directly to her fans and explain her condition.”
Williams’ health update comes only a week after she took three days off from the talk show while experiencing flu-like symptoms. She previously had a health scare on-air in October 2017 when she fainted during her live Halloween episode.
The radio and television personality had an important message for her viewers on Wednesday: “What I want to say to women, more than men, is stop putting everyone first because if we’re not good, they’re not good,” she said.