Wendy Williams is seeking medical help as she plans her comeback.
The former talk show host has checked into a wellness facility to address “overall health issues,” following the cancellation of The Wendy Williams Show and recent claims that show staffers sent text messages to executives “at least 25” times questioning Williams’ sobriety.
“She is taking some time to focus on her health and wellness as she prepares for a major comeback for the next level in her career with The Wendy Experience Podcast,” Williams’ rep Shawn Zanotti told The Hollywood Reporter on Wednesday. “Ms. Williams is being treated by a team of some of the best doctors in the world. We ask for your prayers and well wishes during this time.”
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The news came four weeks after THR published an August exposé that described months of chaos on the set of The Wendy Williams Show. The article said Williams’ well-documented addiction and health problems led to confusion among her staff. The report also noted that the situation began to “snowball” back in 2017, when Williams collapsed while shooting the Halloween episode.
The “daytime diva” never appeared on the final season of her show after she contracted a breakthrough case of COVID-19 and battled complications from her previous diagnosis of Graves’ Disease. Her health problems led to the season 13 premiere being delayed multiple times before it finally aired with fill-in hosts on Oct. 18, 2021.
A number of guest hosts appeared throughout the season, including Sherri Shepherd who just earlier this week took over Williams’ time slot with her talk show titled Sherri, as previously reported.
Amid Williams’ absence, her show was officially canceled in February after a string of news reports said she would never return and was being replaced.
Williams launched the popular daytime talk show in national syndication in 2009, and brought in millions of viewers each day. The final episode aired on June 17. While fans were hoping Williams would make an appearance to say goodbye, she was only shown in a video tribute.
Williams’ ex-husband Kevin Hunter, who previously served as an executive producer on the show, criticized the final episode calling it a “travesty.”