Putting your professional life on hold to recover from an illness is taxing. However, if you are a public figure, there are unforeseen consequences.
Is Wendy Replaceable?
One public figure that is facing illness is television personality Wendy Williams. The talk show host is battling Graves' disease and had previously announced a three-week break. As Williams recovers, her production team was reportedly planning on giving Williams' iconic purple chair to a guest host.
According to Radar Online, the team wanted to give the opportunity to radio personality Angie Martinez.
"Producers wanted to have Angie Martinez guest host The Wendy Williams Show while she was out. It's a great way for them to give Angie a test show. They are developing ideas with her," an insider told to Radar Online.
According to the gossip website Metro, Williams found out about the idea and was livid. Due to her outrage, the insider also revealed the production team decided to back off the plan and rescinded the idea of Martinez temporarily taking over.
Wendy's Health Update
On Wednesday, Feb. 21, Williams opened up the latest edition of her talk show with surprising news about her thyroid problem. Williams also admitted that she did not have a period for an entire year. She confirmed that she was going through menopause.
As she had announced, Williams is battling Graves' disease, which causes the immune system to mistakenly attack the body's cells, resulting in the thyroid going into overdrive. Symptoms also include weight loss, fatigue, hand tremors, and issues with their eyes and skin. When Williams saw her physician, they gave her news that would shake up the show.
"My doctor has prescribed--are you ready? Three weeks of vacation. I was pissed. Encore performances, really?" stated Williams to her audience in a conversation transcribed by US Weekly.
This is not the first time that Williams had to cancel shows. When she was diagnosed with flu-like symptoms, Williams and her production team decided to terminate plans for the Wednesday, Thursday, and Friday shows for the week of Feb. 12.
The Hot Topics
While Williams recovers from her illness, several fans and haters of the show are still fuming about some of the host's controversial statements. On Tuesday, Feb, 20, the daytime Emmy-nominated talk show host stirred up social media when she revealed that Beyoncé Knowles-Carter, Fergie, Janet Jackson, and Jennifer Lopez needed to use autotune to perform.
She also snarked that Meghan Markle tried to land a job at The Wendy Williams Show before she got famous and met Prince Harry. Also, she earned Kris Jenner's wrath and lost the chances of ever interviewing a member of the Kardashian-Jenner family after the matriarch prohibited them from ever appearing on The Wendy Williams Show.