Wendy Williams is taking a little more time to tend to her health before returning to our TV screens.
Producer Debmar-Mercury told Variety in a statement that Williams would not be returning to The Wendy Williams Show on January 14 as planned, but instead will be resuming her duties a week later on January 21.
The 54-year-old talk show host, who suffers from Graves’ disease, injured her upper-arm in late December. She returned to set the next day and finished out the week, but after receiving criticism for behaving strangely on-air she admitted in a caption on Instagram that she was under the effects of medication she had taken because of “a hairline fracture on my upper arm, which hurts like hell.”
“As she has for the past 10 years, Wendy delivers an incomparable live talk show day in and day out and we want to give her the best opportunity to heal and recover,” said Debmar-Mercury co-presidents Mort Marcus and Ira Bernstein about the delay.
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“Wendy has our complete and unwavering support and we look forward to her return to the iconic purple chair,” the statement concluded.
The show will begin airing new episodes on January 14, but the purple chair will remain unclaimed. Instead a panel of “Hot Talkers” will lead the day’s discussions. The Wendy Williams Show will reveal the chosen panelists on Monday.