Wendy Williams will keep her absence from the eponymous talkshow ..
She won’t be returning to “The Wendy Williams Show,” as her production company Debmar-Mercury announced on Tuesday via Instagram.
The show, however, will go on and will start “airing originals” on Oct. 18, “with an exciting lineup of guest hosts and panels to be announced shortly,” the announcement read.
Williams, 57, was initially scheduled to start her new season on Sept. 20, but pushed it back several times due to “ongoing health issues” including testing positive for a breakthrough case of COVID-19. Later, she was reportedly taken to the hospital and for a mental assessment ..
The production company did not mention the alleged mental health check in its statement, but revealed that Williams “continues to be under medical supervision and meets with her medical team on a daily basis. “
Wendy Williams has been struggling with her mental health.
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“She is making progress, but is experiencing serious complications as a direct result of Graves’ Disease and her thyroid condition,” the statement continued. It has been decided that she will need more time before she can return to live hosting. “
Staff returned to work this week, having been working remotely due to Williams’ continued absence. Page Six was told by sources that Page Six has been reaching out “to see who is around the next week” to former guests. “
” It wasn’t on a particular day [mentioned],” an insider who was familiar with the matter said. They are trying to figure out how many guests from the past they have available to perform on a particular show. “
Sources previously told us that Debmar-Mercrury could be grooming daytime newbie Nick Cannon, whose show it also produces, as a backup plan in case Williams’ show gets canceled. However, industry insiders pointed out that Cannon and Williams are both syndicated so replacing Williams would not be easy.
In Tuesday’s announcement, the production company assured, “Wendy is a valued and stalwart member of the Debmar-Mercury family and has been so for 12 years. Her health should be her first priority. She will soon be able to return in the purple chair she loves as soon as possible. We are grateful for Wendy’s privacy and all of the kind wishes she received from fans, advertisers, and station partners,” they said.
Multiple sources have told Page Six that the delay of Williams’ show is starting to become a huge problem for station affiliates and advertisers.
A rep for Williams did not immediately respond to Page Six’s request for comment.