Wendy Williams will be taking a three week break from her daytime talkshow starting today due to her complications with graves disease and hyperthyroidism.
During the Wendy Williams Show on Wednesday, she told her millions of viewers that “my thyroid has been totally cattywampus and that is the eye thing that you all have been seeing. You caught it before I did.”
She explained, “My thyroid, my hyperthyroid is attached also to Graves’ disease. Graves’ disease squeezes the muscles behind your eyeballs and so that’s the reason for — ” she sad before showing her bulging eyeballs.
“My doctor has prescribed … are you ready? As of today, three weeks of vacation,” she told the audience. “What? Who are you? I was pissed.” Williams then added, “I’ll be back in two. I’m not an heiress. Who’s gonna pay my bills?”
Wendy’s hiatus comes just months after she fainted during her live television show. The October medical emergency, however, was chalked up to “overheating.”
According to the talkshow host’s rep, re-runs of the program will air over the next few weeks until Wendy’s return.
A message from Wendy. pic.twitter.com/tDzsW1s6kf
— Wendy Williams (@WendyWilliams) February 21, 2018
The 50-year-old is not the only celebrity to battle graves disease and thyroid problems. Here are six other stars who have had the same complications.
Oprah Winfrey: Winfrey announced back in 2007 that she suffered from both hyperthyroidism and hypothyroidism. She, however, was cured in 2009.
Missy Elliott: The female emcee was diagnosed with Graves disease in 2008. “It causes hair loss, your eyes bulge,” Elliott told Billboard back in 2015. “My blood pressure was always up from just overworking.”
Sofia Vergara: Modern Family star, Sofia Vergara, battled thyroid cancer back in 2000.
Gigi Hadid: Supermodel, Gigi Hadid, revealed in 2016 that she was diagnosed with Hashimoto’s disease, a disease that attacks the thyroid gland.
Zoe Saldana: Saldana unveiled during an interview with The Edit, that she has also battled Hashimoto’s thyroiditis. “Your body doesn’t have the energy it needs to filter toxins, causing it to believe that it has an infection, so it’s always inflamed,” Saldana said. “You create antibodies that attack your glands, so you have to eat clean.”
Gina Rodriguez: Gina has been very open about battling Hashimoto’s disease, recently telling Entertainment Tonight: “To the core of my being, I know what it’s like to feel like there is no way I can win this, so where do I even begin. [Hashimoto’s] affects so many aspects of your life. I’ve had it for so many years … that rebellion of not taking care of myself can’t exist anymore.”