American TV host Wendy Williams may be off-air long than fans imagined after a statement from her family announced that she would be taking a break to undergo treatment for her failing health.
The 54 year old was diagnosed with Graves disease last year and also suffered from a dislocated shoulder in December. After a few episodes which showed her in obvious pain and discomfort, she took a break and was billed to return on January 4, 2019 before postponing it to January 21.
However, in the recently released statement, she is said to be taking “significant time” for recovery. It reads in part: “Over the past few days, Wendy has experienced complications regarding her Graves’ Disease that will require treatment. Wendy will be under the strict supervision of her physicians, and as part of her care, there will be significant time spent in the hospital. Despite her strong desire to return, she is taking a necessary, extended break from her show to focus on her personal and physical well-being.”
The Wendy Williams Show has been on air since 2008 and is one of the highest rated daytime shows in the United States. Before her health issues started, the show had just been renewed for two more seasons.