Wendy Williams’ brother has openly shut down rumours claiming that the daytime host’s absence from her talk show is due to dementia.
Despite explanations from The Wendy Williams Show’s Instagram as to why the 57-year-old host has not yet returned to her purple chair, reports began to circulate over the weekend that she has been suffering from the effects of early-onset dementia.
However, Wendy’s younger brother Tommy speaking to The Sun revealed that his famous sister has not been “displaying that type of behaviour to the family.”
He said: “We haven’t had any alerts like that, and I haven’t seen anything like that or have had conversations with her that would lead me to believe that.”
“We routinely go up and check on Wendy even though we’re all down here in Florida.”
“I try to make it up there, and my dad speaks with Wendy frequently. So no, we don’t have any concerns concerning her mental state. It’s all physical.”
Tommy also said that the star is mentally well enough to possibly travel to see her family in Florida for the upcoming holiday weekend.
“I am trying to find out if she’s coming down for Thanksgiving. I mean- she’s normal like that,” he added.
The Sun reported that Leah Remini, 51, and Michelle Visage, 53, will return to The Wendy Williams Show as guest co-hosts later this month.
The longtime friends previously proved their chemistry and quickly became fan favourites during their first stint as guest hosts on the daytime talk show.
The show’s Instagram posted that Leah and Michelle will serve as co-hosts for two full weeks of episodes beginning on Monday, November 29 through Friday, December 10. This announcement confirms Wendy’s absence from the show until at least mid-December.
Wendy Williams was spotted for the first time since giving her health update early this month. The media personality was pictured in a wheel cheer pushed by a pal in New York City.
The host took to Instagram on November 8 to speak on her health: “HOW YOU DOIN’? I MISS YOU ALL! As everyone knows, my health has been a hot topic. I’m making progress, but it’s just one of those things that’s taking longer than we expected.”
“I’m a woman of a certain age, and I know enough to listen to my doctors and will return to my purple chair as soon as we all agree I’m ready.”
Wendy continued: “I want to thank all of my staff and our guest hosts for stepping up and stepping in while I can’t be there. I also want to thank Debmar-Mercury and our stations for being so understanding and supportive while I work my way back. ”
“Most of all, I want to thank my fans. I have heard your prayers and comments and feel all the love! You are everything to me. ”
“I love spending my mornings with you all, and I’m doing everything I can to get back to work, but right now, Wendy has to focus on Wendy. I love you for watching…”