Wendy Williams to take health-related break from TV show

  • FILE - In this Nov. 7, 2014 file photo, host Wendy Williams appears at the 2014 Soul Train Awards in Las Vegas. Williams’ family says she is taking an extended break from her TV talk show to deal with health issues. In a statement Friday,  Jan. 18, 2019, the family said that Williams has suffered complications from the Graves' disease in the past few days. (Photo by Chris Pizzello/Invision/AP, File)

    FILE - In this Nov. 7, 2014 file photo, host Wendy Williams appears at the 2014 Soul Train Awards in Las Vegas. Williams’ family says she is taking an extended break from her TV talk show to deal with health issues. In a statement Friday, Jan. 18, 2019, the family said that Williams has suffered complications from the Graves' disease in the past few days. (Photo by Chris Pizzello/Invision/AP, File) Associated Press

  • FILE - In this Nov. 7, 2014, file photo, TV talk show host Wendy Williams arrives during the 2014 Soul Train Awards in Las Vegas. Williams’ family says she is taking an extended break from her TV talk show to deal with health issues. In a statement Friday,  Jan. 18, 2019, the family said that Williams has suffered complications from the Graves' disease in the past few days. (Photo by Omar Vega/Invision/AP, File)

    FILE - In this Nov. 7, 2014, file photo, TV talk show host Wendy Williams arrives during the 2014 Soul Train Awards in Las Vegas. Williams’ family says she is taking an extended break from her TV talk show to deal with health issues. In a statement Friday, Jan. 18, 2019, the family said that Williams has suffered complications from the Graves' disease in the past few days. (Photo by Omar Vega/Invision/AP, File) Associated Press

  • This Sept. 7, 2018 file image taken from video shows talk show host Wendy Williams during an interview in New York. Williams’ family says she is taking an extended break from her TV talk show to deal with health issues. In a statement Friday,  Jan. 18, 2019, the family said that Williams has suffered complications from the Graves' disease in the past few days.

    This Sept. 7, 2018 file image taken from video shows talk show host Wendy Williams during an interview in New York. Williams’ family says she is taking an extended break from her TV talk show to deal with health issues. In a statement Friday, Jan. 18, 2019, the family said that Williams has suffered complications from the Graves' disease in the past few days. Associated Press

 
 
Updated 1/18/2019 3:27 PM

LOS ANGELES -- Wendy Williams is taking an extended break from her TV talk show to deal with health issues related to her immune system disorder, her family said Friday.

The family wrote in a statement that Williams has suffered complications from Graves' disease in the past few days.

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Treatment is necessary and will include "significant time" in the hospital, according to the family statement provided by show producer and distributor Debmar-Mercury.

Williams has a strong desire to return to work but must focus on her "personal and physical well-being," the family said, adding a request that her privacy be respected.

Williams, 54, is married to Kevin Hunter.

She is on the mend from another health problem, a shoulder fracture she suffered in December, the statement said.

The host revealed the Graves' disease diagnosis on her show last February, when she announced a three-week hiatus.

Graves' disease leads to the overproduction of thyroid hormones and can cause wide-ranging symptoms and affect overall health.

                                                                                                                                                                                                                       
 

In October 2017, Williams fainted on stage during her show, saying later she became overheated while wearing a bulky Halloween costume.

Debmar-Mercury said that it "wholeheartedly" supports Williams' decision to take the time she needs. She will be welcomed back when she is ready, the company said.

Repeats of "The Wendy Williams Show" will air during the week of Jan. 21, to be followed by original episodes with guest hosts.

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