She’s back! After some serious health struggles, Wendy Williams has returned to her studio and titular show, and is opening up about the reasons behind her time away.

When Williams took to the stage, she was greeted with a standing ovation, and she fought to hold back tears. 


“Let’s get started because apparently I’m a hot topic,” she began.

Williams explained that she was absent since January 18th, as reported, due to medical issues, including thyroid issues stemming from Graves disease. But she added that she took off additional time to hang with her husband Kevin Hunter Sr. and their son, Kevin Jr. 

She said: “We were supposed to only be off for two weeks for Christmas vacation … I started to feel thyroid issues. They’re still adjusting my meds,” she said. “I’m the kind of patient, if I cough, I’m thinking, I’m dying … I can’t even tell you how many doctors I have. They pushed me in there, I get the MRIs and then I get the catscans. … You know, I’m 54, and not for nothing even though you feel 25, honey you know. …”

Still, she said: [“I have a plethora of doctors. My medical team. And I’m happy to tell you that I am doing swell. [APPLAUSE] And then you know it’s not a big thing for Kevin and Kevin to come with me for doctor’s appointments. We all go to each others. Do you go to doctors with your family? Like I go. Because of the panic mode. You just go because you want to know. Sometimes a family member will hide something from you and you need to know. So I’m the type to go into the other room with the doctors with Kevin or Kevin Jr. and just be like, ‘ok, what’s the real deal?’ So we were spending time as a family, the Hunters, you know I’m Wendy Hunter. And I just wanted to take some time for myself. Yeah, when you get into yourself you’re you’re own best friend.”] (OC: 1:00 SOUNDCUE: …own best friend”)


Williams also tackled the rumors that her husband’s been cheating on her. 

She said: "I want to shout out to my husband. I'm still wearing my ring. Believe me you, when you've been with somebody for 28 years…married for 25 years…we know each other. He's my best friend, he's my lover, he's all this and he's all that. I know what you've been seeing and I know what the streets have been talking about."

She pulled up a throwback photo of them together "before any plastic surgery." "Let me show you who I fell in love with and who he fell in love with," she continued. 

In her absence, Nick Cannon, Keke Palmer and Sherri Shepherd helped fill her shoes.