When Wendy Williams fainted on live TV last Halloween, the video of her collapse went viral. Now, it seems like the talk show host finally has answers about what could have caused the episode. On Wednesday, Williams revealed she’s been diagnosed with Graves’ disease and that, at her doctor’s recommendation, she’ll be taking three weeks off from filming The Wendy Williams Show. She will take this time to rest and prioritize her health.
Graves’ disease is an immune system disorder characterized by an overactive thyroid. As Williams explained to her audience, people watching the show at home actually discovered her symptoms long before she did. One of the major symptoms of Graves’ disease is bulging eyeballs, which Williams initially attributed to stress. With her newfound awareness, she’s finally able to seek proper treatment.
A rep for the show issued the following statement to People:
“What I want to say to women, more than men, is stop putting everyone first because if we’re not good, they’re not good,” she said.
Over the next three weeks, The Wendy Williams Show will continue to air reruns during its normal time slot. Then Williams will be back and undoubtedly better than ever.
It’s amazing to see the sense of humor Williams had while filling her audience in on what must have been scary news — after all, finding out you have a life-long immune disorder can’t be easy. But seeing how she’s been able to laugh about this difficult, transitional period is inspiring.
It’s great to hear that Williams is putting herself and her health first. Even though she doesn’t seem to want to miss out on working, we’re glad she’s taking time for herself. And when she comes back, it’s a given that her fans will be excited to see her in action once again.