Wendy Williams has suffered another medical setback and will not be returning to host her daytime talk show on Oct. 18 as previously announced.
Show producers issued a statement on Tuesday, Oct. 12, saying new episodes will begin airing next week with guest hosts in Williams’ absence.
“Wendy continues to be under medical supervision and meets with her medical team on a daily basis. She is making progress but is experiencing serious complications as a direct result of Graves’ Disease and her thyroid condition,” the statement said. “It has been determined that more time is needed before she is able to return to her live hosting duties.”
Production company Debmar-Mercury added in the statement that the show will return with “an exciting lineup” of fill-in hosts.
“Wendy is a valued and stalwart member of the Debmar-Mercury family and has been so for 12 years. We want her health to be her top priority,” the statement said. “As soon as she’s ready, she will be back in her treasured purple chair. We very much appreciate the respect for Wendy’s privacy, as well as all the good wishes from her fans, station partners and advertisers.”
The season 13 premiere of The Wendy Williams Show has been delayed multiple times over the past few weeks as Williams battled a breakthrough case of COVID-19 and other health problems.
The syndicated program was originally scheduled to return on Sept. 20, but last month Williams canceled promotional appearances ahead of the launch date. The show’s return was then moved to Oct. 4. But that premiere date was later switched to Oct. 18.
The scheduling changes have prompted tabloid speculation as to what exactly is wrong with Williams.
On Sept. 16, TMZ reported she was undergoing a psychiatric evaluation the day before it was announced that the premiere would be delayed due to her COVID status.