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Wendy Williams To Spend "Significant Time" Hospitalized, According To Recent Health Update

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If you were hoping for Wendy Williams to ask "How you doin" on January 21, you've set yourself up for disappointment.

According to a new update, the talk show host won't be returning to the The Wendy Williams Show this week , due to health complications brought on by Graves' disease.

Even though Williams has been dealing with the autoimmune condition for over 19 years, fans only started to notice when she fainted on live TV during her 2017 Halloween episode.

A few months later, the controversial TV personality missed a few days of taping after she developed "flu-like symptoms."

It wasn't until she returned to the show weeks later that she finally revealed that her failing health was result of Graves' disease.

Also known as toxic goiter, the condition affects the function of the thyroid. It is the most common cause of hyperthyroidism, which is described by the American Thyroid Association as "a generalized overactivity of the entire thyroid gland."

The disease, which affects 1 in 200 people, is often characterized by the shape of a patient's eyes, which usually appear to be bulging. "I often feel like birds are swimming around my head. Like constantly high, but not high," Williams explained on the show last year.

After making a comeback, Williams said that she was feeling a "hundred percent better," and would be taking much better care of herself from then on.

But nearly a year later, the host is once again forced to step away from the purple chair after experiencing more complications that require treatment.

"Wendy will be under the strict supervision of her physicians, and as part of her care, there will be significant time spent in the hospital," read a statement from Wiliams' family. "Despite her strong desire to return, she is taking a necessary, extended break from her show to focus on her personal and physical well-being. Wendy thanks everyone in advance for their well-wishes and for respecting her and The Hunter Family's privacy during this time."

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A Note from The Hunter Family As Wendy Williams Hunter previously shared, she fractured her shoulder and has been on the mend. Over the past few days, Wendy has experienced complications regarding her Graves’ Disease that will require treatment. Wendy will be under the strict supervision of her physicians, and as part of her care, there will be significant time spent in the hospital. Despite her strong desire to return, she is taking a necessary, extended break from her show to focus on her personal and physical well-being. Wendy thanks everyone in advance for their well-wishes and for respecting her and The Hunter Family's privacy during this time. Statement from Debmar-Mercury For over ten years, Wendy has been a vital part of the Debmar-Mercury family. We wholeheartedly support Wendy in this decision to take the time she needs and we will welcome her back with open arms the moment she is ready. The Wendy Williams Show will air repeat episodes the week of January 21st and will produce original episodes with a variety of hosts starting the week of January 28th.

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The 54-year-old was already on a four-week hiatus, partly because of a shoulder injury, when this latest announcement was made on social media.

For now, it's unclear when the host will return, but fans will get a chance to enjoy re-runs this week before temporary hosts step for the week of January 28th.

We're wishing Williams a speedy recovery!

Awa has been writing for Shared for 3 years. She is a serial snacker who unapologetically loves celebrity gossip. Drop her a line at awa@shared.com.