Wendy missed out on the entirety of The Wendy Williams Show’s final season because of health issues, according to Variety. In her stead, the syndicated show was anchored by various guest hosts, including Sherri Shepherd, whose upcoming talk show, Sherri, will take over Wendy’s time slot on Fox-owned-and-operated stations this fall.
Wendy Williams has recently given fans a health update sharing that lymphedema is impacting her health.
Let's send well wishes Wendy Williams' way! On June 28, 2022, Wendy sat down with TMZ Live to talk about moving on from television and her upcoming podcast endeavors. And while the iconic talk show host appeared to be in great spirits, she shared with the outlet that she's currently suffering from lymphedema.
"You know I have lymphedema, you know what that is, correct?" Wendy asks the hosts Harvey Levin and Charles Latibeaudere.
"No," Harvey responds.
"Ok, you don't know lymphedema. I'll show you," Wendy says while lifting her foot in the camera to show that she's currently dealing with swelling. "Lymphedema is this."
"Look closely," Wendy says she shows what looks to be a deformed foot. "Hold up. I can't hold it higher. Ok, do you see this? It's up and down. I can only feel maybe five percent of my feet."
In March 2022, Wendy Williams told fans that's she was doing "very well."
In a March 2022 interview with Good Morning America, Wendy gave fans reason to be optimistic. “[My] health is very well, and I’ve actually had a few appointments,” she said. “You know, I’m 57 now, and I have the mind and body of a 25-year-old.”
She also spoke about her financial issues, including her battle with Wells Fargo.
In the same interview, Wendy also dished on her legal battle with Wells Fargo, which she claimed froze her accounts for two months and thus prevented her from making mortgage payments and paying employees. The bank, for its part, requested a conservatorship for Wendy under the belief that she “is the victim of undue influence and financial exploitation,” per GMA.
“They say that I need somebody to handle my account. And I don’t want that,” Wendy told the morning show. “I want all my money. I want to see all my money that I’ve worked hard for my entire life. My entire life. I don’t lie, I don’t cheat, and I don’t steal. I am an honest, hard-working person.”
Wendy is currently working on podcasts and hoping for a return to TV.
The end of The Wendy Williams Show is not the end of Wendy! Extra host Billy Bush relayed an update from Wendy, who said that her split from Debmar-Mercury, the production company behind The Wendy Williams Show, was amicable. Now, Wendy is “heading off into the world of podcasts,” Billy said.
Debmar-Mercury co-presidents Ira Bernstein and Mort Marcus told Variety last month that they’d like to continue working with Wendy when she’s ready and able. “It doesn’t mean the next day, but we will put it together and figure it out,” Ira said at the time. “It’s not like we have a Plan B where we hit a button and it’s back in a week, but we do have the desire to be in business with her, if she can come back and be healthy, and so does Fox.”
In her GMA interview, Wendy said she’s “very comfortable” with the idea of getting back to work. “My partners with the show, everybody’s ready,” she said. “Give me about three months. There are private things that I have to deal with, and then I’ll be ready to come back and be free and ready to do my thing.”
However, Wendy shared in her TMZ Live interview that she giving TV the backseat for now. So, only time will tell when and if Wendy will be back on the small screen.
We'd like to wish Wendy all the best with her health and career endeavors.