Wendy Williams, a talk show host who has lauded herself for never missing a day of shooting for her talk show or taking a sick day, has finally decided that she needs a break. It will be a quick one though, as it’s been announced that the 53-year-old talk show host will not do a show for Valentine’s Day because she is battling with the flu.
“In this flu season, Wendy is experiencing some flu-like symptoms,” said a spokesperson for the show in a statement to Us Weekly on Tuesday. “Wendy will air a repeat tomorrow, February 14.”
This decision is said to be a big one since the show is in the middle of sweeps season. According to ScreenerTV, “sweeps” occur in November, February, May and July. And during these months, the ratings and measurement company Nielsen keeps a more detailed watch on what certain demographics are tuning into and how many people are watching some of your favorite shows. Fans of The Wendy Williams Show are less likely to tune into a re-run, which isn’t the best thing for this critical ratings period.
But Williams does indeed need a short break. The strain of flu people have been dealing with lately has been deadly. And for the host, earlier this week she nearly took a tumble while greeting her audience at the end of an episode:
And back in October, we know that Williams collapsed on air from what was said to be heat exhaustion due to a heavier than expected Halloween costume.
“They thought it was fake,” Williams told PEOPLE about the incident and the speculation after the fact. “Everybody’s a doctor. ‘You need iron.’ ‘I don’t believe any of it.’ ‘She looks sad.’ ‘There’s something going on.’ Oh, shut up.”
But Williams did tell PEOPLE back then that despite her glowing attendance record, she was going to make a promise to herself to take some time off if her body was letting her know that she needed it. Sounds like she’s finally listening to it. Either that, or she has some really lit Valentine’s Day plans…