“The Wendy Williams Present” aired its Season 13 premiere Monday morning with out its eponymous host.
The daytime speak present kicked off with a four-person panel that consisted of Bevy Smith, Elizabeth Wagmeister, Michael Yo and Devyn Simone, and proper off the bat, all of them addressed the viewers with Williams’ signature catchphrase, “The way you doin’?”
Yo then addressed Williams’ absence.
“Wendy, I do know you’re watching proper now, and on behalf of myself, our panel, your co-hosts, we love you and might’t wait to have you ever again in that purple chair,” Yo mentioned.
Not one of the panel members mentioned Williams’ well being or her points maintaining her off TV.
Final week, the present introduced that Leah Remini would additionally visitor host for a four-day run in Williams’ absence.
“Wendy’s footwear are laborious to fill, so we would have liked to seek out the precise match,” govt producer David Perler mentioned in an announcement obtained by Web page Six. “Leah will convey quite a lot of enjoyable and power to our viewers with just a few surprises alongside the way in which.”
Williams, 57, was initially scheduled to start out her new season on Sept. 20, however pushed it again a number of instances because of “ongoing well being points,” together with testing constructive for a breakthrough case of COVID-19. She was later reportedly taken to the hospital for a psychological well being analysis.
Debmar-Mercury, the manufacturing firm behind the present, didn’t point out the alleged psychological well being test in its assertion, however revealed that Williams “continues to be underneath medical supervision and meets together with her medical group every day.”
“She is making progress, however is experiencing severe problems as a direct results of Graves’ Illness and her thyroid situation,” the assertion continued. “It has been decided that extra time is required earlier than she is ready to return to her dwell internet hosting duties.”
It’s unclear when Williams will return to the present.