Wendy Williams is almost back!
Tuesday, The Wendy Williams Show confirmed on Instagram that the talk show will return for season 13 on October 4, promising “all new hot topics.”
“THE WAIT IS OVER! Season 13 Begins MONDAY,” the show captioned a short trailer for the upcoming season. “You don’t want to miss it!”
The show’s season 13 premiere had already been delayed to September 20 after Williams tested positive for COVID-19 amid other ongoing health issues.
“While continuing her health assessments, Wendy tested positive for a groundbreaking case of COVID-19,” a Sept. 15 statement posted on Instagram said.
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“To give Wendy time to quarantine and fully recover and to ensure our production meets all SAG / AFTRA and DGA Covid protocols, we plan to start the 13th season of The Wendy Williams Show Monday, October 4, “the statement continued.” In the meantime, rehearsals will be scheduled.
Groundbreaking cases – COVID-19 infections that occur in people fully vaccinated against the virus – are rare, but possible and expected, because vaccines are not 100% effective at preventing infections. However, vaccinated people who test positive are likely to be asymptomatic or have a much milder illness than if they were not vaccinated. The majority of deaths from COVID-19 – about 98 to 99% – occur in unvaccinated people.
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In another statement posted to the Instagram page a week earlier, Williams’ team announced they were canceling their upcoming public appearances due to “lingering health concerns.”
“Wendy is struggling with ongoing health issues and is undergoing further assessments,” the statement said. “She won’t be able to complete her promotional activities next week, but can’t wait to be back in her purple chair on Monday, September 20 for the Season 13 premiere.”
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Last May, the 57-year-old TV personality took time off from his talk show due to health issues related to his Graves disease. A spokesperson for The Wendy Williams Show told PEOPLE at the time that the star had “treated symptoms of Graves’ disease, which causes fatigue.”
In 2018, she spoke to PEOPLE about the immune system disorder, explaining that she had been diagnosed with Graves’ disease and hyperthyroidism 19 years previously.
“I feel a hundred percent better than a few months ago. I had a storm in my body is the best way to explain it,” Williams said at the time.
“It came about because I skipped my six month endocrinology appointment. I have Graves’ disease and hyperthyroidism. If you have one, you don’t necessarily need the other. , but I have both and was diagnosed with both 19 years ago, “she added.