The real reason Wendy Williams is taking a break from her show

Wendy Williams announced that she is going to be stepping back from The Wendy Williams Show for a while. “Recently, Wendy has been dealing with symptoms from her Graves’ disease which is causing fatigue,” read the announcement, which was posted on Williams’ Instagram account. “In consultation with her doctor and as a precautionary measure, she will be taking some time off as she continues to receive treatment.”

Williams has been filming her show at home in keeping with social distancing measures during the coronavirus pandemic. “We look forward to welcoming Wendy back soon and continuing the ‘[email protected]’ shows,” read the statement. “More updates on a return date will follow.”

This is not the first time that Williams has had to take a break from her show due to her illness. As noted by CNN, The Wendy Williams Show previously went on hiatus for three weeks in 2018 so that she could focus on her health.

Wendy Williams is putting her health first

Per endocrineweb.com, Graves’ disease is an autoimmune disorder causing the thyroid to be overstimulated. Symptoms may include anxiety, fatigue, insomnia, and elevated blood pressure. Williams was first diagnosed with Graves’ disease as well as hyperthyroidism in 1999. 

The host told People and Good Morning America that her 2018 health scare had finally shown her the importance of putting her health first. “We, as women, particularly if — we have families, you know, we’re taking care of children, we’re taking care of, you know, home, our husbands, we take care of everybody but ourselves,” she said. “And it’s really unfortunate. And that — that is something that has no socioeconomic thing to it. No matter what — no matter what the woman’s status is, it seems like we’re all in the same boat. I’m not doing that anymore.”

Williams added, “Wendy first.”

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