How is Wendy Williams doing? Latest updates

WENDY Williams has been battling various health issues for nearly two decades.

The talk show host has been candid about her well-being numerous times after needing to take time off from the industry to recuperate, and spoke out on November 8. 

What is the latest on Wendy Williams?

Wendy Williams has been struggling with various illnesses for the past 19 years.

Back in May, Wendy went on a hiatus from her talk show due to health concerns surrounding her Graves' disease.

A spokesperson for her show told People at the time that the star had been "dealing with symptoms from her Graves' disease, which is causing fatigue."

She also confessed to the magazine that she was diagnosed with Graves' disease and hyperthyroidism 19 years ago.

"I feel a hundred percent better than I was a few months ago. I had a storm going in my body is the best way I can explain it," said Williams at the time.

"It came from me neglecting my six-month endocrinology appointment. I have Graves' disease and hyperthyroid. If you have one you don't necessarily have to have the other, but I have both, and I was diagnosed with both 19 years ago," she added.

Wendy has this year also battled Covid and question marks have hung over whether she will return to this small screen this year.

Timeline of Wendy Williams' health battle


October: The talk show host fainted live on TV during her live Halloween episode


  • Early February: Wendy canceled three shows after experiencing 'flu like symptoms'
  • February 21: She announced a three week hiatus due to issues with hyperthyroidism
  • December 17: Wendy missed taping her show after suffering a bone fracture


  • Early January: Wendy postpones her return to her show
  • January 18: For the third time, the host pushed back her return
  • January 29: The Wendy Williams Show’s official Instagram revealed Nick Cannon would be taking over as temporary host
  • January-March: DailyMailTV reported at the time that Wendy had been struggling with abusing alcohol and pills after fracturing her shoulder in December 2018 The outlet claimed Wendy checked into a detox and rehab facility during her break from the show


  • Wendy clapped back at those trolling her Lymphedema during an after-show on Instagram: “Stop asking me about the cankles, I have Lymphedema. Stop asking me why I wear sneakers, I have Lymphedema. Stop asking me why my eyes bulge, I’ve got Graves’ disease. Stop asking me, like, dumb mess! Can we connect on a more cerebral level?”


  • March: Wendy showed viewers a close-up of her severely swollen ankles as she suffers from Lymphedema
  • May: Wendy went on a hiatus from her talk show due to health concerns surrounding her Graves' disease
  • September 15: Wendy was taken to hospital for "psychiatric service"
  • September 20: Wendy's show was scheduled to return but was delayed after she tested positive for Covid
  • October 4: The Wendy Williams Show was due to return for its 13th season
  • October 18: After being postponed twice, the show premiered

When is she back on the Wendy Williams show?

The Wendy Williams show was scheduled to return for its 13th season on October 4, 2021, but it was postponed twice and premiered on October 18.

Season 13 premiered without Wendy Williams, with a stream of new hosts taking her place.

Wendy will not be returning to her talk show this year, as guest host Sherri Shepherd will be filling in through the holiday season.

The announcement was made on the show's Instagram page on Tuesday, November 23, leaving fans shocked.

Along with a picture of Sherri, they captioned the post: "You asked for it and we delivered. We’re thrilled to announce that @sherrieshepherd is making her highly-anticipated return to guest host The Wendy Williams Show on Monday, December 13.

"Sherri will take over hosting duties through Friday, December 17 before the holiday hiatus.

"Drop some [celebration emotions] in the comments to show your love for Sherri."

Rumors have surfaced indicating Wendy is suffering from signs of early-onset dementia, but her brother, Tommy, said that isn't the case.

"We haven't had any alerts like that and I haven't seen anything like that or have had conversations with her that would lead me to believe that," Tommy said.

"We routinely go up and check on Wendy even though we're all down here in Florida.”

He added, "I try to make it up there and my dad speaks with Wendy frequently. So no, we don't have any concerns concerning her mental state. It’s all physical."

A steady string of hosts have gone live on the Wendy Williams show since season 13 began, but the frontrunner is reported to be Sherri Shepherd.

The actress and comedian received the highest ratings when she hosted the show in October and she is slated to be the host from December 13 through December 17.

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