Wendy Williams Prepares To End Her Hiatus, Welcomes Jerry O’Connell As The Show’s First Guest Co-Host
Popular talk show host Wendy Williams is gearing up for her return on television. The Emmy-nominated star has been on hiatus since Feb. 21.
Wendy Williams And Jerry O'Connell
Fans of The Wendy Williams Show should mark March 19 on their calendars. It's the date that Williams is expected to reunite with her viewers and co-hosts.
To prepare viewers for her return, Williams announced that she recruited one of the show's favorite guests to warm her signature purple chair for her. That guest is none other than Jerry O'Connell.
"Jerry has been such a good friend to me and to the show. We're happy to welcome him as a guest host while I'm out getting much-needed rest. Can't wait to get back in my purple chair," said Williams in a statement to Enstars.
O'Connell has been an essential guest in the history of The Wendy Williams Show. He has made several appearances in the show's nine-year run.He made his last appearance on the show on Oct. 31, 2017, when they were celebrating Halloween.
The actor made headlines when he dressed up as three members of the famous Kardashian clan. Also, he discussed the Kanye West and Wiz Khalifa Twitter war on Jan. 28, 2016.
According to the Huffington Post, he gave Williams a foot massage in front of wife Rebecca Romijn when the duo appeared on the Valentine's Day edition of the show on Feb. 14, 2012.
"I am so excited to help out and fill in. We all know nobody can fill the purple chair like Wendy, but I am honored to sit with her co-hosts and to bring the many fans all the Hot Topics they love. Like Wendy tells us, I am going to Say It Like I Mean It," said O'Connell in a statement to Enstars.
O'Connell's announcement contradicts rumors stating The Wendy Williams Show would not be using guest hosts during the hiatus. According to several media outlets, Williams shut down the rumors of having Angie Martinez occupying the purple chair while she was away.
Wendy Williams' Health Scare
Williams was forced to take a three-week hiatus on Feb. 21 following mandatory orders from her doctors. The TV show host revealed to her audience that she battled a combination of hyperthyroidism and Graves' disease.
She also mentioned that she was going through menopause. Before the hiatus, Williams canceled three days of taping as she was struck down with flu-like symptoms.
In addition to the health scare, Williams also fainted on live television while filming a Halloween episode of the show on Oct. 31, 2017. She revealed to her audience on the Nov. 1 episode that her fainting spell was no joke and was terrified of taking the glass podium down with her.