Wendy Williams on Returning to TV After Health Crisis: ’Please Don’t Ask Me How I Feel’
“If there’s anything I can request from my Wendy watchers, please don’t ask me how I feel,” Williams, 53, said on Good Morning America. “When I see you in the grocery store, when I see you in the streets, please don’t ask me how I feel with the woo woo woo and the puppy eyes. Because I’m gonna snap. How do you feel?”Instead, she says fans should parrot her signature catchphrase: “How you doin’? So I can say, ‘All right.'”
Opening up to PEOPLE in this week’s issue, Williams reveals that she was first diagnosed with Graves’ disease — an autoimmune disease that affects the thyroid — and hyperthyroidism 19 years ago, but that she's feeling much better since taking some time for herself.
“I feel a hundred percent better than I was a few months ago. I had a storm going in my body is the best way I can explain it,” says Williams.
“It came from me neglecting my six month endocrinology appointment. I have Graves disease and hyperthyroid. If you have one you don’t necessarily have to have the other, but I have both, and I was diagnosed with both 19 years ago,” she adds.
Williams also revealed that she canceled the doctor's appointment, which was originally scheduled for December, in favor of attending a business meeting.
“This is what I do, this is who I am. I love doing the show. I love entertaining people, so I blew off another doctor’s appointment,” she tells PEOPLE. “And then he says, ‘Wendy, we’ve got to squeeze you in.’
The Wendy Williams Show airs weekdays (check local listings).