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.
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!”
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.”