Wendy Williams announces the return of her talk show
The talk show host makes the return of her show official with a social media announcement.
Host and media personality Wendy Williams solidified a date for the return of her popular talk show.
Both societal and personal obstacles blocked the filming of The Wendy Williams Show which films live from New York City. In March, the sudden outbreak of COVID-19 caused an abrupt halt to TV and film production across the world with no foreseeable restoration date.
“To Our Dedicated Wendy Show Staff: The safety and well-being of our employees is our top priority. Considering the current escalation of the coronavirus, production will be put on hold, indefinitely,” the host informed the staff in a memo, according to theGrio.
The 56-year-old host continued to film remotely, setting up an in-home studio, but due to medical reasons, Williams took a break in May.
Williams confirmed she had Graves’ Disease, an autoimmune disorder that causes an overactive thyroid in 2018 after she appeared to have what viewers thought might have been a small stroke during a live show. Since then, she’s experienced some additional health challenges that have led to periodic leaves.
In her most recent absence, reruns aired, but now, fans can rejoice and countdown to new episodes.
“The 12th season of WENDY starts SEPTEMBER 21!!! I can’t wait to get back to all of YOU and to my AMAZING staff and crew!!! I’m sooo excited to bring you silly, funny, glamour and hopefully brighten your day during these crazy times that we’re all living in…even if for just an hour,” she writes on Instagram in an excited post.
The caption continues “Can’t wait to get back in my purple chair and show you what we did to the set.” Although not confirmed, this may allude to coronavirus protocols, including social distancing requirements and capacity limits as Williams has said that the studio audience will ‘never go back to 200 people’ post corona.
Live audience interaction has been pivotal to the show’s success so Williams’ producers, like others around the industry, had to adjust while considering the current reality.
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