After suffering from a hairline fracture to her right shoulder last month, Wendy Williams will return back to hosting her The Wendy Williams Show by Jan. 21, which is a week later than her original return date. Initially, she was scheduled to return back to work on Jan. 14 but she needs more time to recover, Variety reports.
The new episodes that will start airing on the 14th will be hosted by a panel of unannounced “Hot Panelists” to replace her absence. The 54-year-old missed the Dec. 17 taping of the show and returned the next day to share the news of her injury. “I’m on the mend, I don’t need an operation,” she teased on air, People reports. “They tell me I’m very healthy… for a person after 50.”
“I have a hair fracture on my right shoulder. I did it on Sunday—by Monday morning my shoulder was on fire,” she added. “There’s no way I could’ve done yesterday’s show, so I was all about the medical care yesterday from one doctor to the other.”
Amid the minor health mishap, there’s no denying fans and executives alike are eager to have Wendy back on dishing the latest celebrity gossip in her signature no holds barred charismatic way.
“As she has for the past 10 years, Wendy delivers an incomparable live talk show day in and day out and we want to give her the best opportunity to heal and recover,” Mort Marcus and Ira Bernstein, co-presidents of producer Debmar-Mercury, said. “Wendy has our complete and unwavering support and we look forward to her return to the iconic purple chair.”
However, this isn’t the talk show hosts first public health debacle. Last year, she made headlines when she fainted and collapsed on stage during a live taping of her show.