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Ailing Wendy Williams rolls out in a wheelchair as ratings for her talk show soar with guest hosts


Wendy Williams has been spotted in a wheelchair as she continues to take time away from her talk show to focus on her ailing health. 

DailyMail.com saw the talk show host, 57, being wheeled from her Manhattan home into a black SUV on Tuesday.

She paired a camel coat with black pants, sneakers, a white handbag and went incognito with dark shades and a mask.

The sighting comes as ratings of The Wendy Williams Show are up, with guest hosts filling in for Wendy as she deals with her health.   

Wendy Williams has been spotted in a wheelchair as she continues to take time away from her talk show to focus on her ailing health

DailyMail.com saw the talk show host, 57, being wheeled from her Manhattan home into a black SUV on Tuesday

DailyMail.com saw the talk show host, 57, being wheeled from her Manhattan home into a black SUV on Tuesday

She paired a camel coat with black pants, sneakers, a white handbag and went incognito with dark shades and mask

She paired a camel coat with black pants, sneakers, a white handbag and went incognito with dark shades and mask

The sighting comes as ratings of The Wendy Williams Show are up, with guest hosts filling in for Wendy as she deals with her health

The sighting comes as ratings of The Wendy Williams Show are up, with guest hosts filling in for Wendy as she deals with her health

On the week her show premiered, it had a slight increase in ratings with a 0.8 posting - a difference from the previous week's ratings of 0.5, according to The Wrap

On the week her show premiered, it had a slight increase in ratings with a 0.8 posting – a difference from the previous week’s ratings of 0.5, according to The Wrap

The Wendy Williams Show has announced guest hosts for the rest of November, including Michael Rapaport, Bill Bellamy, and Jerry Springer. 

The show had a 33% boost in household ratings for the week ending in October 24, according to The Wrap.

Season 13 premiered with a panel of guest hosts on October 18, including Devyn Simone and Bevy Smith, followed by actress Leah Remini stepping in as guest host from October 19 to 22. 

Comedian Whitney Cummings filled in for Wendy from October 25 to 29, followed by Sherri Shepherd from November 1 to 5.  

The Wendy Williams Show was supposed to return to screens on September 20 for its 13th season but was delayed until October 4 due to the host’s medical issues, and it was later confirmed the return had been pushed back again until 18 October.

On the week it premiered, it had a slight increase in ratings with a 0.8 posting – a difference from the previous week’s ratings of 0.5, according to The Wrap.

However, some of the improvement was likely due to the fact that the show was airing reruns at the time.  

The same week a year ago obtained a 0.9 rating, however ‘overall downward trends make it difficult to assign blame or praise to this particular performance,’ adds the website.   

Season 13 premiered with a panel of guest hosts on October 18, including Devyn Simone and Bevy Smith, followed by actress Leah Remini (pictured) stepping in as guest host from October 19 to 22

Season 13 premiered with a panel of guest hosts on October 18, including Devyn Simone and Bevy Smith, followed by actress Leah Remini (pictured) stepping in as guest host from October 19 to 22 

Comedian Whitney Cummings was among one of the stars stepping in for Wendy amid her health concerns

Comedian Whitney Cummings was among one of the stars stepping in for Wendy amid her health concerns 

Actress and comedian Sherri Shepherd is currently guest hosting the hit show, filling in for the week of November 1 to 5

Actress and comedian Sherri Shepherd is currently guest hosting the hit show, filling in for the week of November 1 to 5

The show has been updating fans on Wendy’s health over the last few weeks on their Instagram account.  

A post on the show’s social media accounts stated: ‘The Wendy Williams Show will start airing originals on Monday, October 18, with an exciting lineup of guest hosts and panels to be announced shortly.

‘Wendy continues to be under medical supervision and meets with her medical team on a daily basis. She is making progress but is experiencing serious complications as a direct result of Graves’ Disease and her thyroid condition.

‘It has been determined that more time is needed before she is able to return to her live hosting duties. Wendy is a valued and stalwart member of the Debmar-Mercury family and has been so for 12 years.’

Producers want the star to prioritize her health but will welcome her back to the show once she is ‘ready’ to return.

The statement added: ‘We want her health to be her top priority. As soon as she’s ready, she will be back in her treasured purple chair. We very much appreciate the respect for Wendy’s privacy, as well as all the good wishes from her fans, station partners and advertisers.’  

Wendy was last seen on her show on July 16, 2021. Her team said she will come back for Season 13 on September 20, but that was pushed back to October 4 and then to October 18

Wendy was last seen on her show on July 16, 2021. Her team said she will come back for Season 13 on September 20, but that was pushed back to October 4 and then to October 18 

DailyMail.com spotted Wendy in hospital socks on the NYC sidewalk after postponing her show the first time

DailyMail.com saw Wendy Williams inhaling from a vape pen last week. The sighting came exactly one week after Wendy's show announced she tested positive for a breakthrough case of Covid-19 and would be postponing the premiere of the 13th season of her show

DailyMail.com saw Wendy Williams inhaling from a vape pen in September. The sighting came exactly one week after Wendy’s show announced she tested positive for a breakthrough case of Covid-19 and would be postponing the premiere of the 13th season of her show

DailyMail.com previously revealed that Wendy failed to show up to studio to shoot her new season September.

Fans who had lined up outside the Chelsea Studios in New York had already been issued with tickets and wristbands and signed appearance waivers to be part of the first show of Season 13, when a member of staff made the shock announcement that the star wasn’t coming, and filming was canceled.

‘Wendy has tested negative for Covid,’ the staffer told the disappointed crowd who had waited more than two hours for admission, ‘But her health is still not great, and she wants to be better than ever when she comes back.’

Earlier a member of staff had told fans to think up questions for the ‘Ask Wendy,’ section telling them that it was ‘her favorite’ and that she was ‘looking forward to getting all your questions.’  

A statement posted on Instagram shortly after Wendy was a no-show for filming said, 'She has been and continues to be under a doctor's care and is still not ready to return to work'

A statement posted on Instagram shortly after Wendy was a no-show for filming said, ‘She has been and continues to be under a doctor’s care and is still not ready to return to work’ 

Wendy's team posted this statement to her show's Instagram account revealing that she's dealing with unspecified health issues

The sighting comes exactly one week after Wendy revealed she tested positive for Covid as she struggles with other health issues.

Wendy’s team has posted statements to the show’s Instagram account, notifying the public of her health issues

A statement posted on Instagram shortly after said, ‘She has been and continues to be under a doctor’s care and is still not ready to return to work.

‘We plan to return with new shows on Oct 18.

‘Her breakthrough covid case is no longer an issue and she has tested negative, but she is still dealing with some ongoing medical issues.’

Fans who had hoped to attend the filming were sent apologetic emails offering them tickets to filming of The Nick Cannon Show instead.

In 2019, DailyMail.com revealed that Wendy was staying overnight at a private facility run by the Pure Recovery Network in Long Island City, New York.

She had plunged into an alcohol- and pill-fueled depression when she fractured her shoulder during a confrontation with her cheating husband, Kevin Hunter.  



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