Wendy Williams Postpones Season Premiere To Focus On Recovery

By Kristin Myers
Wendy Williams in a wig
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Wendy Williams Postpones Season Premiere To Focus On Recovery

Wendy Williams is an American talk show host and writer from Asbury Park, New Jersey. The 57-year-old writer who helms “The Wendy Williams Show” got her start as a radio DJ and quickly became known throughout New York as a shock jockette.

Although fans were looking forward to the upcoming season of her talk show, the season 13 premiere, which was originally scheduled to debut earlier this week, has been postponed while Williams recovers from physical and mental health struggles.

COVID-19 Diagnosis

Wendy Williams sits at a lunch table for one while wearing a black mask.
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On September 15, “The Wendy Williams Show” posted a statement on Instagram announcing that the show would be postponed after Williams was diagnosed with a breakthrough case of COVID-19.

The statement read, “While continuing her health evaluations, Wendy has tested positive for a breakthrough case of COVID-19. To allow Wendy time to quarantine and fully recover and to ensure that our production abides by all SAG/AFTRA and DGA Covid protocols, we expect to begin the 13th season of ‘The Wendy Williams Show’ on Monday, October 4th. In the meantime, repeats will be scheduled.”

A breakthrough case of COVID-19 refers to when a fully vaccinated person contracts the virus.

Personal Struggles

Wendy Williams sits down with Seth Rogen on a behind-the-scenes shot.
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That same day, a woman matching her description was rushed to the hospital for “psychiatric services” after someone placed a 911 call at her New York City Apartment Building.

An NYPD spokesperson confirmed that “there was a call for a 57-year-old non-violent female who needed psychiatric services at that address on Wednesday morning. They were transported to the hospital.”

However, to protect her privacy, they would not confirm that the person was Williams.

Health Update

Williams sits on the couch with her son, Kevin, who has his arm around her.
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One week later, William’s brother, Tommy Williams shared an update on his YouTube channel, stating that Williams was “stable.”

“I really do believe and have the faith that Wendy’s going to make it,” he said. “It's not an easy fight, it's not one that individuals always win. It's not easy. She's doing well. She's stable and I've spoken with her... she's hanging in there. We're praying, she's fighting.”

Fan Support

A blurry selfie of Wendy Williams that shows her wearing long blonde hair and a studded necklace.
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Meanwhile, fans took to Twitter in order to show their support for the star.

“Wishing Wendy a speedy recovery and hope to see her on that purple throne soon,” one fan wrote.

Another shared, “Get well soon Wendy,” accompanied by three prayer-hands emojis.

However, some fans think that the show, which has been on the air since 2008, should be put to rest in order to give Williams time to focus on her health.

“I honestly think Wendy should give up the talkshow,” one fan commented. “She's not coming back until October..maybe & with her health issues along with getting covid time to start taking care herself and just leave the talkshow. Her health is more important than a talkshow.”

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