Regular viewers of The Wendy Williams Show will have some time to attend to other affairs or to take in some rerun episodes of the show, as the long-running daytime host announced on Wednesday, February 21, that her doctor has ordered her to take three weeks off to rest and recuperate from complications stemming from her battle with Graves’ disease.
“My doctor has prescribed … are you ready? As of today, three weeks of vacation … What? Who are you? I was pissed,” Williams told her live television audience. She then comforted them by claiming that she plans on coming back ahead of schedule, although she was likely speaking in jest. “I’ll be back in two weeks. I’m not an heiress. Who is going to pay my bills? Are you serious? I’m just saying, I come from [the] working class,” she said.
Some of the common and least severe symptoms of the autoimmune condition include elevated blood pressure, anxiety, fatigue, and insomnia. But should someone who struggles with Graves disease fail to treat it properly they can suffer problems with their heart or bones, and may even become susceptible to death.
Williams’ fans have been no strangers to the host needing to fall back to care for her health. During the holiday episode on the last day of October, Williams fainted during filming. At the time the incident was attributed to “overheating.” Having the world’s eyes on her as she dropped to the ground made for a scary moment for those who witnessed it, but it wasn’t long before she was back on the air.