Wendy Williams reveals she broke down in tears on learning she had to take medical leave to manage her Graves disease after skipping doctors appointments

Wendy Williams returns to her daytime talk show and her purple chair Monday Wendy announced on February 21 that her doctor had prescribed that she be on a three-week...
  • Wendy Williams returns to her daytime talk show and her purple chair Monday
  • Wendy announced on February 21 that her doctor had prescribed that she be on a three-week medical leave for hyperthyroidism and Graves’ disease
  • The solo host of her show had joked that she would be back in two weeks
  • After two weeks of re-runs guest hosts were used to fill in for her
  • Williams reveals in an interview that will air on Good Morning America on Monday that she took the time to get some ‘much needed’ rest

Wendy Williams is speaking with Amy Robach on Good Morning America on Monday, in her first interview since she took a three-week leave of absence from her talk show to manage her Graves Disease.

The 53-year-old mother and doyenne of daytime television reveals in the interview that she had not been managing her disease in the months before she announced her upcoming leave last month, and says this is what led to her multiple fainting spells.

‘Do you think now that perhaps that fainting spell you had on live television had something to do with the Graves or with your thyroid?’ asks Robach at one point.

 

Wendy Williams returns to her daytime talk show and her purple chair on Monday

Wendy Williams returns to her daytime talk show and her purple chair on Monday

‘Okay – I had missed three doctors’ appointments with my endocrinologist. He’s the one who handles my thyroid and Graves,’ says Williams, who goes on to admit that her health was ‘at the bottom of the list.’ 

 

‘I’m functioning okay. I’m a feeling a little weird, but I’ll get through it. And I went in February and that’s where I found, whoa, your levels are way off,’ Williams explains to Robach.

Then she got the news she did not expect to hear – she would have to take time off from the show.

‘How did you receive that information?’ asks Robach.

‘I cried, and then I laughed. ‘Are you out of your mind? It’s sweeps,’ says Williams adding a it go humor.

‘And what did he say back to you?’ responds Robach.

‘Do you want to be swept?’

Wendy announced on February 21 that her doctor had prescribed that she be on a three-week medical leave for hyperthyroidism and Graves' disease

Wendy announced on February 21 that her doctor had prescribed that she be on a three-week medical leave for hyperthyroidism and Graves’ disease

Williams previously appeared on Good Morning America back in November, when she opened up about the scary moment she collapsed on live television while hosting the Halloween episode of her eponymous talk show.

‘People thought that I was having a stroke on TV,’ said the host, who was dressed as the Statue of Liberty at the time.

‘And other people thought that I was having a heart attack.’

That was not the case however according to the 53-year-old Williams.

‘You know, I’m a woman of a particular age. I’m also going through menopause,’ explained Williams.

‘I didn’t think my costume was hot when I first tried it on. It was a catsuit, if it was a dress I’d be like this. You know, like oh my god, I’m hot.’

The incident was so surreal said Williams, that even her crew thought it was all a stunt.

Paramedics arrived on the scene soon after, and an hour later Williams was headed back home to New Jersey with her husband Kevin looking no worse for the wear.

‘Apparently I was dehydrated according to the paramedics, and instead of drinking regular water I had electrolyte drinks,’ said Williams.

‘Then, you know, I went to my own doctors and I’m fine including blood work.’

Robach then asked Williams how she was even able to get herself back up off the floor and finish out the episode.

‘Well, I’m not your average talk show host,’ said Williams.

‘You know, it’s pretty special thing to be a Wendy Williams. It takes a lot.’

Source: Daily Mail UK

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