Wendy Williams revealed she is suffering from Graves’ disease on her show Wednesday morning.
The talk show host broke the news after taking three days off last week for what she claimed were “flu-like symptoms” — the hiatus also came months after she fainted on live television after overheating and becoming dehydrated in her Halloween costume.
Williams, 53, said she was already aware she suffered from hyperthyroidism and was told by a doctor on Tuesday that she also had Graves’, an autoimmune disease that affects the thyroid via the throat.
Viewers had speculated something might be wrong with Williams after her eyes appeared twitchy on-air. She explained that Graves’ disease pushes the muscles behind your eyeballs. Among other symptoms are: irritability, anxiety, weight loss, difficulty swallowing, moist hands and feeling “like birds are swimming around my head.”
“Like constantly high. But not high. But constantly on one, you know?” she explained.
She revealed that for the first time in her career, she would be taking a three-week vacation.
“I was pissed,” she said, upon learning the news. “I come from working class.”
The TV personality has often boasted about how she never takes a sick day from her show and had a perfect attendance record during her time as a radio host as well.
“I guess when you don’t take a sick day EVER in over 25 years, the ground is supposed to shake! LOL,” she wrote on Instagram Friday after she ran re-runs.
“I ride or die for my craft. I appreciate all the tremendous love and support from everyone – especially my incredible staff. I’m hydrating this bug out. I will be back Monday and topics will be POPPING!! Miss u all.”
On Oct. 31, Williams shocked the audience and viewers when she tumbled over onto the floor while dressed as the Statue of Liberty for her Halloween episode.
The host bounced back and returned to the show after a brief commercial break.
“That was not a stunt. I overheated in my costume. I passed out,” she said.
“I’m a champ and I’m back,” she continued.
The following day she tweeted that she was “doing fine.”
While not directly connecting her fainting spell to Graves’ disease, she did explain that one of the symptoms was intolerance to heat.
Williams is not the only star suffering from a thyroid condition, Oprah Winfrey, Kim Cattrall, Missy Elliot and Kelly Osbourne all also have thyroid-related health issues.