AMERICAN broadcaster Wendy Williams has had quite a year as fans continue to worry about her ongoing health issues.
In November 2021, Williams spoke out for the first time about her struggles, and while she assures fans she's getting better, they won't be seeing her make a return to her show anytime soon.
What happened to Wendy Williams?
Over the years, Williams has been open to her fans about her ongoing health issues and has struggled with many things including Graves' disease and hyperthyroidism, which she was diagnosed with 19 years ago.
She has also struggled with sobriety following her separation from her ex-husband, Kevin Hunter, which caused her to check into rehab in 2019.
Earlier this year, Williams tested positive for Covid-19 and was then rushed to the hospital for "psychiatric services."
On November 8, Williams gave her fans an update on Instagram and revealed that she is "making progress."
"As everyone knows, my health has been a hot topic. I’m making progress but it’s just one of those things that’s taking longer than we expected," Williams told her fans.
"I’m a woman of a certain age, and I know enough to listen to my doctors and will return to my purple chair as soon as we all agree I’m ready.
"I want to thank all of my staff and our guest hosts for stepping up and stepping in while I can’t be there.
"I also want to thank Debmar-Mercury and our stations for being so understanding and supportive while I work my way back.
"Most of all, I want to thank my fans. I have heard your prayers and comments and feel all the love! You are everything to me.
"I love spending my mornings with you all and I’m doing everything I can to get back to work, but right now Wendy has to focus on Wendy. I love you for watching."
Why is Wendy in a wheelchair?
Since being released from the hospital, Williams has been seen out in public in a wheelchair.
While the star has not addressed the wheelchair usage herself, The Ricky Smiley Morning Show’s Toine The Don, also known as Antoine Edwards, alleges that the reasoning is due to her blood circulation.
“It is being reported that the 57-year-old talk show host has completely lost all blood circulation in her legs and in her feet," Edwards said.
At this time, it remains unclear if that is the true reason behind her wheelchair usage.
What are the dementia rumors?
Just a few weeks after Williams addressed the public, rumors started to circulate that she had been suffering from the effects of early onset dementia, however, her younger brother Tommy, 54, exclusively told The Sun that his sister has not been “displaying that type of behavior" to the family.
“We haven't had any alerts like that and I haven't seen anything like that or have had conversations with her that would lead me to believe that," he said.
“We routinely go up and check on Wendy even though we're all down here in Florida.
“I try to make it up there and my dad speaks with Wendy frequently.
"So no, we don't have any concerns concerning her mental state. It’s all physical."
When will Wendy return to her show?
While the former radio DJ has not been able to host The Wendy Williams Show this season, many famous faces have done their part to fill in during her absence.
Notable names like Leah Remini, Sherri Shepherd, Whitney Cummings, Jerry Springer, Michael Rapaport, and Bill Bellamy tried their hand as guest hosts.
However, Leah and Sherri have stood out, as some have been begging for the latter to take over the hosting role permanently.
According to a source close to the show, Wendy is "never" returning to the show, and a new host will be announced at some point in January of the new year.
"Sherri is the frontrunner, and staff think it's all but a done deal with her," said the source.
The source went on to tell The Sun that the unofficial motto for the show is "new year, new show."
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