Wendy Williams delays TV return
Wendy Williams has pushed back her return to 'The Wendy Williams Show'.
The 54-year-old talk show host appeared on her eponymously titled show on December 18, with her arm in a sling which was hidden underneath a pink sweater, as she told viewers she had suffered a hairline fracture to her right shoulder during an accident which had left her needing to heal.
Wendy was due to return to work on January 7, but the date was delayed by another week to January 14, and now it has been revealed she won't be coming back until January 21.
Instead, on January 14, a panel of 'Hot Talkers' will take her place.
The producers of the show, Mort Marcus and Ira Bernstein, said in a statement: “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.
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Wendy Williams will be returning with all-new episodes of The Wendy Williams Show on Monday, January 14, 2019. 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.
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"Wendy has our complete and unwavering support and we look forward to her return to the iconic purple chair."
Wendy previously addressed the "genuine concern" for her health after struggling through the daytime show in pain.
The author apologised to her viewers for the "less than stellar" episode on December 21, admitting she went "against" her "better judgement" going ahead and filming the programme whilst she is still struggling with the injury.
In a lengthy message to her Instagram followers, Wendy - who suffers with an overactive thyroid and autoimmune disease Graves - wrote: "To My Wendy Watchers, I sincerely apologize if you feel that today's show was less than stellar. I'm on your TV screens every day wanting to spread laughter, entertainment and cheer. "As I reported earlier in the week, I have a hairline fracture on my upper arm, which hurts like hell.
"I've never broken a bone or experienced a fracture in my life. In the key place where the fracture is, and trying to scurry around and do too much, I am now paying the price. I've never taken a pain medication in my life (except when I got snatched over 20 years ago) until this week. I did that to power through and try to deliver a great show for you, against the better judgement of the many people around me who genuinely care for my well-being.
"I really do ride or die for my craft and give 200%. Not to mention everyone is aware at this point about my thyroid condition (don't cry for me Argentina).
"For all my fellow thyroid sufferers, you know what the deal is. And for those that don't: I encourage you to please read up.
Needless to say, whatever today's performance was with the legendary The Lox, who said such nice things, I have no regrets and I appreciate everyone's genuine concern for my wellness and care."
Vowing to get some much needed rest, she concluded: "I promise you a better Wendy in 2019. I will get some much needed rest and healing over these next couple of weeks. (Yes I am definitely juicing over the next couple of weeks). Sorry again. I love you all. Happy Holidays!"
The presenter was forced to take a three-week break from her talk show in October last year, when she collapsed live on air due to complications with her thyroid and Graves.