Wendy Williams has revealed that she won’t return to next week’s show due to her Graves’ disease diagnosis and ongoing health issues.

Since 2008, she has hosted the national television talk show The Wendy Williams Show.

But the presenter and media personality will miss next week’s show as she continues battling a health condition.

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What is Graves’ Disease?

Graves’ Disease is an “autoimmune condition where your immune system mistakenly attacks your thyroid which causes it to become overactive”, according to the NHS.

About 3 or 4 people with an overactive thyroid suffer from this condition.

The exact cause of it is unknown but it’s common among young or middle-aged women and runs in families.

NHS writes that smoking can increase the risk of getting Graves’ Disease.

Wendy will miss next week’s show

The presenter won’t return to next week’s show, a statement on Wendy Williams’ official Instagram profile confirmed.

The 57-year-old was supposed to come back for the new season on September 20th but that was pushed back due to Wendy’s “ongoing health issues”, including a positive Covid-19 test.

“Wendy continues to be under medical supervision and meets with her medical team on a daily basis. She is making progress but is experiencing serious complications as a direct result of Graves’ Disease and her thyroid condition. It has been determined that more time is needed before she is able to return to her live hosting duties,” the statement read.

Wendy Williams Show will start airing originals from Monday, October 18th and will return “with an exciting lineup of guest hosts and panels to be announced shortly,” the announcement added.

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The presenter’s health issue

Fans first got concerned about Wendy’s health when she fainted during a live recording of her show on Halloween 2017.

At the time, the presenter didn’t reveal her diagnosis and said that she was overheated.

In February 2018, Wendy revealed that she’d been battling Graves’ Diseases for several years and she took another break from her show in early 2020.

Speaking to People in 2018, she said: “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.”

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