Wendy Williams is dealing with ‘ongoing health issues’ after testing positive for coronavirus
Leah Remini is stepping into guest host the “The Wendy Williams Show.”
The actress will temporarily fill in for Williams as she continues her hiatus from the daytime talk show amid ongoing health complications.
“Wendy’s shoes are hard to fill, so we needed to find the right fit,” executive producer David Perler said in a statement obtained by Page Six on Thursday. “Leah will bring a lot of fun and energy to our viewers with a few surprises along the way.”
According to a press release, Remini, 51, will sit in for Williams next Tuesday through Friday for each hour-long episode.
“Each new, hour-long episode will include a spin on Wendy’s signature ‘Hot Topics’ along with another staple ‘Wendy’ segments,” the statement said.
Wendy Williams is dealing with ongoing health issues and won’t be hosting her show for the time being
The talk show host was originally expected to start her new season on Sept. 20 but pushed it back several times due to “ongoing health issues” including testing positive for a breakthrough case of COVID-19.
“She is making progress, but is experiencing serious complications as a direct result of Graves’ Disease and her thyroid condition,” the show said in a statement at the time. “It has been determined that more time is needed before she is able to return to her live hosting duties.”
It remains unclear if and when Williams will be making her return, though a statement shared to the show’s Instagram page earlier this week read, “As soon as she’s ready, she will be back in her treasured purple chair.”
Sources previously told Page Six that her production company Debmar-Mercury could be grooming daytime newbie Nick Cannon, whose show it also produces, as a backup plan in case Williams’ show gets the boot.