“What the hell is going on with Wendy?”
In the most Wendy Williams way possible, the talk-show host announced on Wednesday’s show that she is taking a few weeks off to be treated for Graves’ Disease, which causes the body to produce too much thyroid hormone.
“Wendy has been openly dealing with her Graves’ Disease for many years, in addition to hyperthyroidism,” her representative Alexandra Sinclair told in an email confirming the news. “Yesterday, Wendy’s doctor prescribed a necessary three weeks of rest to get her levels and medication in sync.”
In normal amounts, thyroid hormones regulate a person’s metabolism. But an excess of those hormones, the Mayo Clinic says, can cause a person to have heart palpitations and tremors, rendering them anxious, irritable and shaky. And in about 30% of patients (including Williams), the disease also inflames the muscles and tissues around the eyes.
“Graves Disease squeezes the muscles behind your eyeballs,” she explained to her audience, noting that’s why her eyes often appear to bulge out of their sockets. Graves ophthalmology can cause double vision, vision loss and light sensitivity, among other symptoms.
Those aren’t the only symptoms Williams has experienced.
“I feel like there are birds flying around my head,” she told her audiences, feigning dizziness. “It’s like I’m constantly high — but I’m not high!”
Sinclair said The Wendy Williams Show will be airing repeats during the unplanned hiatus, adding that Wednesday’s live show was produced so that Williams could speak to her fans and explain her condition.