AceShowbiz - Wendy Williams has extended her break from her daytime TV show, "The Wendy Williams Show". According to a statement from her family, the host returns to the hospital due to complications from Graves' Disease.
"As Wendy Williams Hunter previously shared, she fractured her shoulder and has been on the mend. Over the past few days, Wendy has experienced complications regarding her Graves' disease that will require treatment," the statement reads. "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 statement further details. "Wendy thanks everyone in advance for their well-wishes and for respecting her and the Hunter family's privacy during this time."
According to the Mayo Clinic, Graves' disease is described as "an immune system disorder that results in the overproduction of thyroid hormones." Symptoms include weight loss, anxiety, irritability, tremors in hands, bulging eyes, fatigue and heat sensitivity.
Following the news of her hospitalization, fellow talk show host Andy Cohen took to Twitter to send well-wishes for Wendy. "Sending positive energy to @WendyWilliams for a quick recovery. There are too many Hot Topics to be without WW on TV!" he wrote.
Sending positive energy to @WendyWilliams for a quick recovery. There are too many Hot Topics to be without WW on TV!— Andy Cohen (@Andy) January 18, 2019
This marks the second time Wendy extends her break from the show. The 54-year-old TV personality, who suffered an upper-arm injury in late December, initially was slated to return to "The Wendy Williams Show" on January 14, though distributor and producer Debmar-Mercury later announced she was forced to further delay her return for another week.
"The Wendy Williams Show" ran reruns since December 24. New episodes with a panel of "Hot Talkers", who is taking over the hosting duty amid the host's absence, started airing on January 14.
Following her injury, Wendy missed the December 17 taping before returning to work on the following day. She hosted a few episodes that week until several internet users slammed her for odd on-air behavior on December 20 episode. Following the backlash, the host explained in an Instagram post that she had suffered "a hairline fracture on my upper arm, which hurts like hell." She also added she had taken medication to manage the pain.
Later, the show announced the plan of her break from the show. "After fracturing her shoulder, Wendy is on the mend and wants to return pain-free and be 200%, delivering the best show that millions of viewers tune-in to watch," read the initial announcement.