Wendy Williams has pushed the season 13 premiere of her daytime talk show after contracting COVID-19.
Producers posted a statement on the show’s official Instagram page Wednesday, saying the premiere would be moving from Sept. 20 to Oct. 4, to give Williams time to recover. The daytime diva is vaccinated, but developed what’s known as a “breakthrough” case of the virus.
“While continuing her health evaluations, Wendy has tested positive for a breakthrough case of COVID-19,” the statement began. “To allow Wendy time to quarantine and fully recover and to ensure that our production abides by the SAG/AFTRA and DGA Covid protocols, we expect to begin the 13th season of The Wendy Williams Show on Monday, October 4th,” the statement said. “In the meantime, repeats will be scheduled.”
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Last week, Williams canceled promotional appearances for the show because she was “dealing with some ongoing health issues,” producers said on social media. Although they did not elaborate on what exactly those health issues were.
The 57-year-old star took time off from the show last year for health concerns related to Graves’ disease — an immune system disorder that results in hyperthyroidism.
The nationally-syndicated talk show first debuted in 2008 and is produced by Wendy Williams Productions and Perler Productions.