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Wendy Williams dealing with ‘ongoing health issues’

Wendy Williams stepping away from upcoming promotional duties as she deals with ‘ongoing health issues’ and undergoes ‘further evaluations’


Wendy Williams has been forced to step away from upcoming promotional activities due to ‘ongoing health issues.’ 

‘Wendy is dealing with some ongoing health issues and is undergoing further evaluations,’ reads a statement posted to her show’s Instagram account on Thursday.

‘She will not be able to complete her promotional activities next week, but can’t wait to be back in her purple chair on Monday, September 20th for the 13th season premiere.’

‘She will not be able to complete her promotional activities’: Wendy Williams has been forced to temporarily step down from upcoming promotional activities due to ‘ongoing health issues’

There was no mention of what exactly Wendy, 57, was grappling with, but this is not the first time the TV icon’s health has kept her from appearing on camera.

Last year it was announced that she would be taking a break from her daytime chat show while she battled with health issues related to her Graves’ disease diagnosis.

‘Recently, Wendy has been dealing with symptoms from her Graves’ disease which is causing fatigue. In consultation with her doctor and as a precautionary measure, she will be taking some time off as she continues to receive treatment,’ the statement shared via her syndicated show’s official Twitter account read.

Wendy first gave cause for concern in October 2017 when she collapsed on camera during a taping of her TV talk show.

Statement: There was no mention of what exactly Wendy, 57, was grappling with

Statement: There was no mention of what exactly Wendy, 57, was grappling with

In February 2018, she took three weeks off work on doctor’s orders and announced she had been diagnosed with Graves’ disease, an autoimmune disorder that leads to hyperthyroidism, or overactive thyroid.

In June 2018, Williams revealed in a video message in the Graves’ Disease & Thyroid Foundation 2018 Patients and Family Conference that she had started to feel ‘weird in the head’ in the late summer of 2017.

She put it down to either menopause or the pressure of ‘ramping up for season nine’ of her TV show but then came her very public on camera collapse.

History: This is not the first time the TV icon's health has kept her from appearing on camera

History: This is not the first time the TV icon’s health has kept her from appearing on camera

Health scare: Wendy first gave cause for concern in October 2017 when she collapsed on camera during a taping of her TV talk show

Health scare: Wendy first gave cause for concern in October 2017 when she collapsed on camera during a taping of her TV talk show

Graves’ disease causes the thyroid gland to be overactive and is the most common cause of hyperthyroidism in the United States, according to the American Thyroid Association. 

It is seven to eight times more common in women than men and there are more than three million new cases each year.

Wendy also revealed she was diagnosed with lymphedema in 2019.

‘It’s not going to kill me, but I do have a machine -and how dare you talk about the swelling of it all,’ she said on her show.

‘I’ve got it under control, and if [the swelling in] my feet and lower things never go all the way down, at least I have this machine.’

In terms of her love life, Wendy recently debuted her new boyfriend on her Instagram account.

The identity of her new love remains a mystery.

New beau: Wendy recently debuted a new mystery boyfriend on her Instagram account

New beau: Wendy recently debuted a new mystery boyfriend on her Instagram account 

Strike a pose: Williams pictured on Watch What Happens Live back in 2019

Strike a pose: Williams pictured on Watch What Happens Live back in 2019 

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