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'My Health Has Been a Hot Topic,' Says Wendy Williams, Giving an Update on Her Recovery

'I know enough to listen to my doctors and will return...as soon as we all agree I’m ready," says Williams, who has been absent from her show's 13th season.

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Wendy Williams attends the 2019 NYWIFT Muse Awards on December 10, 2019 in New York City.
Wendy Williams attends the 2019 NYWIFT Muse Awards on December 10, 2019 in New York City.
Photo: Lars Niki (Getty Images)

Seven weeks after the start of the Wendy show’s 13th season, how’s she doin’? Well, Wendy Williams says her journey to health—and back to the famed purple chair on her eponymous talk show—is “taking longer than we expected.”

As The Root reported last month, Williams was initially due to start this season on September 20. Instead, as guest hosts continued to fill her seat this week, she gave an online update about her health issues—which included a reported breakthrough COVID-19 diagnosis just days before the season was scheduled to begin.

“HOW YOU DOIN’? I MISS YOU ALL! As everyone knows, my health has been a hot topic,” the 57-year-old media maven wrote in an Instagram post. “I’m making progress, but it’s just one of those things that’s taking longer than we expected. I’m a woman of a certain age, and I know enough to listen to my doctors and will return to my purple chair as soon as we all agree I’m ready.”

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After thanking her production company and roster of guest hosts, Williams added: “Most of all, I want to thank my fans. I have heard your prayers and comments and feel all the love! You are everything to me.”

“I love spending my mornings with you all and I’m doing everything I can to get back to work, but right now Wendy has to focus on Wendy. I love you for watching,” she concluded.

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In Wendy’s purple chair the past few weeks have been an...eclectic cast of guest hosts, including Jerry Springer, Sherri Shepherd, Whitney Cummings, Leah Remini, and this week...Michael Rapaport (a perennial favorite at The Rootno, really). We’re gonna graciously pass on tuning in for that, but wish Wendy all the best in her healing.