Wendy Williams announces Graves' disease diagnosis, to take 3 week break

Today, the daytime host confirmed (see the video below) that she is battling an autoimmune disease known as Graves' Disease, and with that she is taking a break for the next few weeks.

"My doctor has prescribed - are you ready? - three weeks of vacation", she told viewers after explaining that she had been been struggling with symptoms like irritability and lack of sleep.

Williams told her audience: "Graves' disease squeezes the muscles behind your eyeballs", reported USA Today.

At the end of her update, Williams encouraged women to take care of themselves and to stop putting men first.

She made the revelation Wednesday morning, crediting her viewers with convincing her to get checked out.

She said that she was "pissed" about having to take the time off, because "I come from working class". But take off? Sick?

"It felt like I was in the middle of a fire", she added.

This is not the first time The Wendy Williams Show had to cancel tapings. Williams tried to make light of the situation with her usual comedic banter. The broadcast quickly cut to commercial, and when it returned, Williams explained that she had "overheated" due to the costume and fainted. I don't want to fall.

"That was not a stunt", Williams said at the end of that episode. "I don't need that".

But Williams said she has demonstrated other symptoms of Graves' disease, like sleeplessness (she had been taking melatonin for that), rapid heartbeat, trouble with swallowing and intolerance of heat.

"I'm going to fix that, I'll be back in two [weeks]", Williams countered.

Enstars reached out to "The Wendy Williams Show" for a comment. It was really scary.

She also targeted longtime friend Tamar Braxton for breaking apart Vincent Herbert and Remy Ma's business relationship. "My thyroid has been totally cattywampus and that is the eye thing that you all have been seeing". Who's going to pay my bills?

Williams noted that it feels like there are "birds swimming around my head, like a cartoon". The 53-year-old has Grave's disease and hyperthyroidism, both of which she has spoken about in the past.

  • Marlene Weaver