Wendy Williams’ continuing health struggles will prevent her from returning to The Wendy Williams Show during its 13th season run. Actress Sherri Shepherd has reportedly been named the show’s “permanent guest host” until Williams is able to return.

Williams first delayed the premiere of her show’s 13th season when she experienced a breakthrough Covid-19 case. She also has been suffering complications from Graves Disease, a condition she has had for two decades, which causes hyperthyroidism.

While she has recovered from the Covid case, Williams is still recovering slowly due to her other conditions. According to a statement from the show, Williams “meets with her medical team on a daily basis.”

“Her healing is going slower than everyone has hoped,” a source close to Williams told Yahoo. “But reports of a stroke, drugs or addiction issues or a dementia diagnosis are all false. Whether Wendy can return in the fall will depend on how her healing goes over the summer. Her health is the most important thing.”

Other guest hosts that have stepped into Williams’ seat include Leah ReminiMichael RapaportWhitney Cummings and Jerry Springer.

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