Wendy Williams announces three-week hiatus after revealing she has Graves’ Disease and thyroid issues

Ilya S. Savenok/Getty Images for Wilhelmina Models(NEW YORK) — Wendy Williams is taking an extended break.

On the Wendy Williams Show on Wednesday, the daytime host announced she was taking three weeks off starting Thursday to deal with complications from hyperthyroidism and Graves’ disease.

“My doctor has prescribed … are you ready? As of today, three weeks of vacation,” she told the audience. “What? Who are you? I was p***ed.”

During the show, Wendy described some of the symptoms of her illness.

“I have been telling you for awhile. I wake up, I can’t sleep. Then I told you I take the melatonin,” she explained. “Well, difficulty swallowing. Rapid heart beat, yes. Yes. And intolerance for heat.”

In a statement to ABC News, a show rep says Williams must follow doctor’s orders.

“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,” the statement reads.

“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.”

However, according to Wendy, she may try to work around that.

“Even though I have been off for one week. I’m gonna fix that. I’ll be back in two,” she said. “I’m not an heiress. Who’s gonna pay my bills? Are you serious? I’m just saying. I come from working class. Work, work, work, that’s all I do is work, work, work. But for the next few, I won’t be.”

The time off follows Wendy’s recent on-air health scares. Last week, she cancelled shows due to “flu-like symptoms” and she fainted on-air during her Halloween episode in 2017.

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