A little less than four months ago, a meme for the ages was born when Wendy Williams fainted in glamorous Lady Liberty drag during the Halloween episode of The Wendy Williams Show. Wendy blamed it on the tricky combination of a hot costume and menopause. When Wendy went down, there was a lot of talk about how her eyes were bulging out. There were some internet theories about what was going on, like that maybe Wendy was back on drugs. As it turns out, Wendy’s eyes were the biggest clue.
Wendy announced on her show today that along with a hyperthyroid problem, she’s also suffering from Graves’ disease, which would explain her bulging eyes. Wendy took three days off last week after claiming she felt “flu-ish“. She returned to work on Monday, but waited until today to announce that her doctor has prescribed three weeks of vacation to deal with her condition and get used to new drugs. Can we see that official diagnosis in writing? Just to make sure Wendy isn’t actually going into three weeks of hiding from the Beyhive after coming for Beyonce’s singing skills.
Deadline says that Wendy’s hiatus will begin tomorrow. The Wendy Williams Show will broadcast “encore” performances in her absence. A rep for the show released the following statement:
“Wendy is a true champion and has never missed a day of work. But her health and well-being must be put before all else. Wendy has been openly dealing with her Graves’ disease for many years in addition to hyperthyroidism. Yesterday, Wendy’s doctor prescribed a necessary three weeks of rest to get her levels and medication in sync. The show will be in repeats during this unplanned hiatus. A live show was produced today so that Wendy could speak directly to her fans and explain her condition.”
Wendy also made a joke about getting back to work in two weeks instead of three, because she’s got bills. No kidding, she’s got two rents to make! But all jokes aside, I hope Wendy gets well soon. Who else on national daytime television can we count on to sip tea and imply who sells ass for a living? That’s not an invitation to start, Megyn Kelly.