Wendy Williams is taking a three-week TV hiatus after her Graves' disease diagnosis — Go Viral

Wendy Williams is taking a three-week TV hiatus after her Graves’ disease diagnosis — Go Viral

Wendy Williams is taking a three-week TV hiatus after her Graves’ disease diagnosis — Go Viral

Wendy Williams is taking a three-week TV hiatus after her Graves’ disease diagnosis — Go Viral

When Wendy Williams fainted on live TV last Halloween, the video of her collapse went viral. Now, it seems like the talk show host finally has answers about what could have caused the episode. On Wednesday, Williams revealed she’s been diagnosed with Graves’ disease and that, at her doctor’s recommendation, she’ll be taking three weeks off from filming The Wendy Williams Show. She will take this time to rest and prioritize her health.

Graves’ disease is an immune system disorder characterized by an overactive thyroid. As Williams explained to her audience, people watching the show at home actually discovered her symptoms long before she did. One of the major symptoms of Graves’ disease is bulging eyeballs, which Williams initially attributed to stress. With her newfound awareness, she’s finally able to seek proper treatment.

A rep for the show issued the following statement to People:

“Wendy is a true champion and has never missed a day of work. But her health and well-being must be put before all else. Wendy has been openly dealing with her Graves’ Disease for many years in addition to hyperthyroidism. Yesterday, Wendy’s doctor prescribed a necessary three weeks of rest to get her levels and medication in sync. The show will be in repeats during this unplanned hiatus. A live show was produced today so that Wendy could speak directly to her fans and explain her condition.”

“What I want to say to women, more than men, is stop putting everyone first because if we’re not good, they’re not good,” she said.

Over the next three weeks, The Wendy Williams Show will continue to air reruns during its normal time slot. Then Williams will be back and undoubtedly better than ever.

It’s amazing to see the sense of humor Williams had while filling her audience in on what must have been scary news — after all, finding out you have a life-long immune disorder can’t be easy. But seeing how she’s been able to laugh about this difficult, transitional period is inspiring.

It’s great to hear that Williams is putting herself and her health first. Even though she doesn’t seem to want to miss out on working, we’re glad she’s taking time for herself. And when she comes back, it’s a given that her fans will be excited to see her in action once again.