Wendy Williams Announces She Has Graves' Disease, Will Take Two Weeks Off

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22 February, 2018

When Williams told the studio audience her doctor had prescribed her "three weeks of vacation", the audience applauded. "Oh, please. I will snap your head off".

"Wendy is a true champion and has never missed a day of work ... You caught it before I did", said Williams.

"My thyroid has been totally cattywampus", she said. She posted the announcement on Twitter and urged women to consistently check on their health.

Williams has been open about her thyroid issues in the past and the diseases affects on her weight and the thinning of her hair.

Williams told her audience: "Graves' disease squeezes the muscles behind your eyeballs", reported USA Today.

When the star returned to her show on Monday, she apologized to fans for the inconvenience and expressed that she was feeling better.

"This doesn't happen to everybody, but I happen to have Graves' disease". Graves' disease is an autoimmune disease that leads to overactivity of the thyroid gland and, in some patients, eye disease.

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According to the Mayo Clinic, Graves' disease is "an immune system disorder that results in the overproduction of thyroid hormones".

"The Wendy Williams Show" will be going on a three-week hiatus while its host takes some much needed rest.

"My doctor has prescribed ... are you ready?"

Wendy's three-week recovery period comes after she took unexpected time away from her show last week after suffering with flu-like symptoms.

A Williams rep also phoned People magazine to say that Williams is prioritizing her health above other considerations. "I'll be back in two [weeks]". Who's going to pay my bills, are you serious? "I'm just saying, I come from working class". "I'm a thoroughbred. I have not taken off since we started the show". I will be back Monday and topics will be POPPING!

In addition to taking three days off last week for what she called a "bug", Williams had collapsed on live TV in late October due to dehydration and being overheated in a Halloween costume.

Williams' representative said she will not have a fill-in host and that they will rerun old episodes during her absence.

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