Production on Wendy Williams’ hit daytime talk show is being postponed as she recovers from a breakthrough case of Covid-19.
The “How you doin?’” talk show revealed the diagnosis in a public announcement on the show’s official Instagram account: “While continuing her health evaluations, Wendy has tested positive for a breakthrough case of COVID-19,” according to the show’s statement.
“To allow Wendy time to quarantine and fully recover and to ensure that our production fully abides by SAG/AFTRA and DGA Covid [sic] protocols, we expect to begin the 13th season of The Wendy Williams Show on Monday, October 4th. In the meantime, repeats will be scheduled.”
A COVID-19 case can be described as “breakthrough” when a person is fully vaccinated but still manages to get infected.
In a statement posted last week on the show’s account, Williams canceled “her promotional activities” as she was “dealing with some ongoing health issues” and “undergoing further evaluations.”
Earlier this month, the show said Williams, 57, would be stepping back from promotional activities ahead of the show’s season 13 premiere. The promotions were originally slated to begin on September 20, but due to “ongoing health issues” is being delayed,
Last year she took a break while dealing with Graves’ disease, an immune system disorder that Williams says she has been dealing with since 1999.
This is not the first time the show has encountered delays. In 2017, Williams passed out on live TV during the show’s Halloween episode, an incident that she said was a result of dehydration.
The show was also on hiatus in 2020 because of the coronavirus pandemic.
In December, production was paused again fore several weeks so Williams could be with her family following her mother’s death.
The nationally syndicated Wendy Williams Show is produced and distributed by Debmar-Mercury and has been renewed through the 2021-2022 season by the Fox Television Stations.