Wendy Williams Diagnosed With Graves’ Disease, Announces Show Hiatus
TV show host Wendy Williams announced on Wednesday that she has Graves’ disease. During an episode of The Wendy Williams Show, she told her audience that she’d be taking three weeks off to focus on her health, starting Thursday.
“My doctor has prescribed … are you ready? As of today, three weeks of vacation,” she told her audience. “I was pissed.”
Graves’ disease is an immune disorder that causes an overproduction of thyroid hormones, according to the Mayo Clinic website. Thyroid hormones can impact lots of different body parts and organ systems, so the symptoms of Graves’ can have a wide variety. It can cause anxiety, tremors in the hands and fingers, weight loss, and fatigue, among other things.
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Williams canceled several shows last week due to what she called flu-like symptoms. On October 31, 2017, she made headlines when she fainted during a taping of her show. She told her viewers it happened because of “overheating.” When she announced her hiatus today, she joked that’d she be back before she’s supposed to be.
“I’ll be back in two [weeks],” Williams joked during her show on Wednesday. “I’m not an heiress. Who is going to pay my bills? Are you serious? I’m just saying, I come from working class.”
A representative for the show told CNN Williams would not have a fill-in host and they would air reruns in her absence.