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Wendy Williams takes hiatus from show to deal with Graves' disease symptoms

Williams first took a health-related hiatus from show in February 2018 

Chelsea Ritschel
New York
Tuesday 19 May 2020 15:37 BST
Wendy Williams takes hiatus from show due to health concerns (Getty)
Wendy Williams takes hiatus from show due to health concerns (Getty)

Wendy Williams is taking a hiatus from her eponymous talk-show to deal with health issues resulting from her Graves’ disease.

“Recently, Wendy has been dealing with symptoms from her Graves’ disease which is causing fatigue,” a spokesperson for The Wendy Williams Show told The Independent.

“In consultation with her doctor and as a precautionary measure, she will be taking some time off as she continues to receive treatment.”

As of now, the talk-show host has not announced a return date for the show, which she has been hosting from home amid the coronavirus pandemic.

“We look forward to welcoming Wendy back soon and continuing the Wendy@Home shows,” the spokesperson added.

Williams first revealed her diagnosis with Graves’ disease, an autoimmune disease that causes hyperthyroidism, or overactive thyroid and can result in symptoms such as anxiety, hand tremors, heat sensitivity, weight loss, puffy eyes and enlarged thyroid, in 2018, when she also took a hiatus from her show.

At the time, the now-55-year-old told People: “I had a storm going in my body is the best way I can explain it.

“It came from me neglecting my six month endocrinology appointment. I have Graves' disease and hyperthyroid. If you have one you don’t necessarily have to have the other, but I have both, and I was diagnosed with both 19 years ago.”

“I love doing the show, but I love me more. So I’m going to take care of me, so I can be there for them,” she added.

Williams also took a health-related break from hosting her morning talk show in January 2019 after fracturing her shoulder.

The recent announcement that The Wendy Williams Show will be on hiatus so Williams can focus on her health was met with support on social media, where fans shared their well-wishes.

“Take care of yourself, we will be here waiting for you. Your health is first!” one person commented on Twitter.

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