Wendy Williams dealing with ‘ongoing health problems’ after testing positive for coronavirus
Leah Remini is stepping down to guest host “The Wendy Williams Show.”
The actress will temporarily fill in for Williams because she is continues its hiatus From a daytime talk show amid ongoing health complications.
“Wendy’s shoes are hard to fill, so we need to find the right fit,” executive producer David Perler said in a statement obtained by Page Six on Thursday. “Leah will bring a lot of fun and energy to our audience with a few surprises along the way.”
According to a press release, Remini, 51, will sit for Williams for each hour-long episode from next Tuesday through Friday.
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Meanwhile, the October 18 episode will be hosted by a panel including Devin Simone, Bevy Smith, Elizabeth Wagmeister and Michael Yo, who will “tack the hottest headlines in the news and share their opinions on the hottest topics.”
“Each new, hour-long episode will include a spin on Wendy’s signature ‘Hot Topics,’ as well as other staple ‘Wendy’ segments,” the statement read.
The talk show host was originally expected to begin her new season on September 20, but has been pushed back several times due to “ongoing health issues,” including testing positive for one. The success case of COVID-19. And things continued to fall for her when she was reportedly taken to the hospital for mental health assessment.
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“She is making progress, but continues to suffer serious complications as a direct result of Graves’ disease and her thyroid condition,” the show said in a statement at the time. “It has been determined that more time is needed before being able to return to its live hosting duties.”
This remains unclear if and when Williams is making her comeback, though she’ll be back in her treasured purple chair as soon as she’s ready, said a statement shared on the show’s Instagram page earlier this week.
Sources had previously told Page Six that their production company could be Debmar-Mercury. Daytime Newbie Nick Cannon Grooming, whose show it also creates, as a backup plan in case Williams’ show boots up.
Multiple sources have told us that the delay of Williams’ show is starting to become problematic for station associates and advertisers.