‘The Wendy Williams Show’ Returns With Don Lemon As New Host
Following a holiday hiatus, The Wendy Williams Show debuted today (Jan. 14) without its leading lady Wendy Williams, and instead with new host Don Lemon and panel.
Originally, the show was set to return on Monday, (Jan. 7), but hit a delay due to Williams’ shoulder fracture.
So, now that it’s back, fans expected to see i’s original host, and soon learned that Lemon, alongside a panel of a few recognizable faces had jumped in.
In addition to Lemon, Page Six TV and Variety‘s Elizabeth Wagmeister and actor/comedian Heather McDonald, and Judge Faith Jenkins stood in her place.
Additionally, Lemon mentioned, “Wendy is on the mend. She will be back next Monday. We love you Wendy, we’re rooting for you, we want you to be back, we want you to be 400 percent.”
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To My Wendy Watchers, I sincerely apologize if you feel that today's show was less than stellar. I’m on your TV screens every day wanting to spread laughter, entertainment and cheer. As I reported earlier in the week, I have a hairline fracture on my upper arm, which hurts like hell. I’ve never broken a bone or experienced a fracture in my life. In the key place where the fracture is, and trying to scurry around and do too much, I am now paying the price. I've never taken a pain medication in my life (except when I got snatched over 20 years ago) until this week. I did that to power through and try to deliver a great show for you, against the better judgement of the many people around me who genuinely care for my well-being. I really do ride or die for my craft and give 200%. Not to mention everyone is aware at this point about my thyroid condition (don’t cry for me Argentina). For all my fellow thyroid sufferers, you know what the deal is. And for those that don’t: I encourage you to please read up. Needless to say, whatever today's performance was with the legendary The Lox, who said such nice things, I have no regrets and I appreciate everyone’s genuine concern for my wellness and care. I promise you a better Wendy in 2019. I will get some much needed rest and healing over these next couple of weeks. (Yes I am definitely juicing over the next couple of weeks). Sorry again. I love you all. Happy Holidays!