On Monday, March 19, after a three-week break from her talk show to focus on her health, Wendy Williams returned to her seat and was happy to be back.
When the 53-year-old made her way into the studio where the talk show is filmed, her team was waiting for her in the audience seats this morning and gave her a standing ovation:
The love continued when she went live with her “co-hosts” and a national audience. She was met with a rousing applause and in turn, thanked her fans for standing by her.
“It’s really good to be back, nice to be missed,” she said in the opening minutes of Monday’s episode. “I had a very productive three weeks off. I know society is so fickle these days. You love something one day and you forget about it the next and you replace it with something else. So thank you for not replacing us.”
Wendy also ended up breaking down in tears while thanking everyone for supporting her as she dealt with issues related to her Graves’ disease diagnosis, as well as her hyperthyroidism. She was especially grateful to the people who work on the show with her, and her husband, Kevin Hunter.
“Thank you behind the scenes. Thank you for being my special people,” she said. “You know, I do the show, but there are hundreds of people who are the show and they don’t really get the credit they deserve. So thank you to everyone.”
“I have to really credit my family. My son Kevin and also my husband Kevin [Hunter], the love of my life,” she added. “I have been having bats swimming in my head since maybe July. Didn’t tell anybody because I figured well, it’s menopause…I have more important things to do. I have to miss this doctor’s appointment because there’s more important things to do…We put so many things ahead of ourselves and our health it’s ridiculous. So I want to thank my husband because I heard him talking to Dr. Oz on the phone. He got Dr. Oz on the phone! Dr. Oz is all up in the Hunter home! All involved. So Kevin, thank you for calling Dr. Oz and thank you so much for ushering me through wellness. Kevin, thank you so much. And also, thank you to the boy as well.”
She also made time to thank Jerry O’Connell for stepping in for her during the last week of her hiatus, calling him a “one-of-a-kind fool.”
“I love your tomfoolery. I’ll tell you, and I’ve said this before: He needs his own show,” she said. “He needs to be doing something, either with the kids like one of those funniest home video shows, or next to Kelly [Ripa] on the ‘[Live with] Kelly [and Ryan]’ show. Just sayin’.”
Wendy also made sure that she dedicated a segment on her show to speaking about the realities of Graves’ disease, doing so alongside Dr. Mehmet Oz, who as previously mentioned, was in contact with her family while she was resting. She reiterated the importance of putting your health and wellness first for all of her viewers.
“Go to the doctor!” she said. “Get yourself checked out. That manicure and pedicure can wait. Take care of yourself first.”