Wendy Williams Announces First-Ever Guest Host Ahead Of Talk Show Return

Wendy Williams won’t be gone much longer!

Following a doctor-prescribed hiatus from her talk show to deal with her hyperthyroidism and Graves’ disease, the daytime queen will return to work Monday, March 19 – but she’ll have some help easing back into her routine.

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Next week, Jerry O’Connell will step in as the first-ever guest host of “The Wendy Williams Show”. In addition to appearing as a guest on the show many times, the actor has previously co-hosted “Live! With Kelly” alongside Kelly Ripa, frequently filling in after Michael Strahan’s departure in 2016.

In a statement to ET Canada, Williams says, “Jerry has been such a good friend to me and to the show. We’re happy to welcome him as a guest host while I’m out getting much needed rest. Can’t wait to get back in my purple chair!”

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O’Connell adds, “I am so excited to help out and fill in. We all know nobody can fill the purple chair like Wendy, but I am honoured to sit with her co-hosts and to bring the many fans all the Hot Topics they love.”

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