‘The Wendy Williams Show’ Announces Return Date After Host’s Health Setbacks

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Wendy Williams is ready to return to her purple chair for season 13 of The Wendy Williams Show.

The daytime diva teased her return Tuesday in a video on her show’s official Instagram page.

“The wait is over,” the 57-year-old said in the promo as an elevator opened to show a purple chair with a Wendy show mic on the seat. The caption of the post noted the premiere will air on Monday, Oct. 4.

Earlier this month, Williams postponed the premiere after contracting COVID-19. Although she was vaccinated, she developed a “breakthrough” case of the virus.

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As the promo eventually shows her stepping out of the elevator with floor 13 marked on the button and jumping in the host chair, Williams says: “It’s Wendy—we’re back in full effect. All new hot topics. I just have one question, How you doing?”

According to tabloid reports, the media mogul may have suffered some type of mental health crisis while battling COVID.

On Sept. 16, Page Six said Williams was “taken to the hospital early this week for a mental health check.” A source supposedly told the outlet Williams is lonely and struggles with health problems. “It has been a very difficult time for Wendy. She’s a single woman with very few friends. She lost her marriage, her mom, and is living alone,” the source shared.

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Whatever the reason for her extended absence, Williams’ fans were happy to get the word she’s coming back and they encouraged her in the comments of the video. 

One fan wrote: “Nobody does day time talk like you do!”   

Another person added, “Praise Jesus…can’t wait to get back in the purple chair!”

Someone else commented, “I prayed so hard for you to get well and I am excited to see you and welcome you back! Yessss Aunty Wendy!”

While another loyal viewer wrote, “Can’t wait. I need my Wendy with my coffee in the morning.”

This isn’t the first time Williams has had to take a step back for her health. 

Last year she took a break from the show for health concerns related to Graves’ disease — an immune system disorder that results in hyperthyroidism.