Wendy Williams Hospitalized, Takes Extended Break From Talk Show!
Will The Wendy Williams Show Ever Be The Same?
Allegations Of Drugs, Affairs, And Breakdowns Halt Her Return!
Alright, I am seriously one of the biggest Wendy Williams fans on the planet. I talk about her more than any of my fellow Instinct Magazine contributors and it definitely shows in my many articles. You may know by now, the legendary radio talk show host turned daytime television talk show host of The Wendy Williams Show has been on hiatus since Holiday break due to suffering from a fractured shoulder. Williams, known in her personal life as Wendy Hunter, took to Instagram making an apology for her "less than stellar" show, as she'd been regularly taking pain medication for her physical injury. Safe to say she definitely sounded loopy as she slurred her words and misspoke on various celebrities' names, so much her latest show in December 2018 is unavailable on her YouTube channel. Williams was set to return to her show on January 7th...then again on January 14th...and now, her show is in hiatus with a revolving table of guest hosts in the meantime. Williams released a statement saying she's basically coming back, but didn't give a timeline. She tells in a public statement via Instagram:
"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."
Okay, a few things to discuss here. If you're an avid Wendy Watcher as I am, you know Williams hasn't exactly had the brightest few years. Sure, she's an esteemed television host and wealthy, but she faced her first two-week hiatus after passing out on live television in a Statue of Liberty costume, leading to flamboyant actor, Jerry O'Connell, to substitute for her, she suffers from Graves Disease (an immune system disorder affecting the throat), and the queens of RuPaul's Drag Race flamed her on social media while claiming she is an enemy of the transgender community. If these weren't enough, her only son, Kevin Hunter JR., went off to his first year of college, out of state, and she was left with her husband, Kevin Hunter, who has faced numerous cheating allegations over the last two years. According to BET, Williams' husband is allegedly trying to leave her for his mistress who he impregnated, but these allegations have since been denied. Now, according to The Daily Caller, Williams is currently hospitalized for Graves Disease. Yikes!
It's strange watching Williams' show right now. It's a slew of guest hosts including some favorites from our community like Queer Eye's Carson Kressley, Sex and the City actor Mario Cantone, and CNN's Don Lemon. But, the fire of listening to the gossip maven is why many viewers, including myself, tuned in. Williams is a straight shooter, often calling out celebrities and the like for their poor decisions. She's an absolute inspiration to my current blogging style! I'd like to believe she can dish it out and take it. She's going to have to speak on these cheating allegations when she returns. I can't help but feel this is a big reason why she isn't returning. Who would want to discuss the possible allegations of an affair, especially in the era of #MeToo, and when she had such strong words for Julie Chen sticking by her husband, former CBS mogul, Les Moonves, after he was ousted for alleged sexual harassment and assault. I really hope Williams gets back onto my television screen soon, but I have an inkling she may not return at all.
Do you believe Williams will return to her talk show or is this truly the end of an era?
Writer's Note: This is the opinion of one Instinct Magazine Contributor and does not reflect the views of fellow contributors or Instinct Magazine itself.