The Wendy Williams Show has joined the list of shows canceling live audience tapings amid the ongoing coronavirus outbreak, the show said Tuesday.
Wendy Williams is taking an extended absence from her eponymous daytime talk show due to health complications after ongoing surgery for a shoulder fracture she said she sustained in December.
Wendy Williams made her return to her eponymous daytime talk show on Monday. Prior to the taping, the host spoke with Amy Robach on Good Morning America to discuss her three-week hiatus during which she was battling Graves’ disease and dealing with thyroid issues.
Wendy Williams tweeted she will be returning to host her syndicated daytime talk show on March 19 after a taking a brief hiatus to focus on her health. She also revealed in the meantime Jerry O’Connell is acting as her replacement.
Wendy Williams revealed today on her syndicated talk show that she has Graves disease and hyperthyroidism, and the show will go on a three-week hiatus beginning Thursday so Williams can focus on her health.
Starting March 5, the multicast network will air that day’s episode at 11 p.m. ET in the first repurposing deal by a multicast network.
The syndicated talk show host quickly returned and explained that she’d overheated in her Statue of Liberty costume.
The Debmar-Mercury syndicated talk show will continue live production for the third consecutive summer following its finish in fourth place nationally among talk shows this season.
Her audience has risen sharply in the past year, and her syndicated Wendy Williams Show attracts 2.4 million daily viewers on average, according to Nielsen. Among women 25-54, the most coveted demographic by daytime advertisers, hers is the only talk show to have achieved year-over-year national growth, and Williams now trades off daily with Ellen DeGeneres as the No. 1 female host.
“The show is immediate,” says Executive Producer David Perler. “She is talking about the same things we all are talking about that morning in the office. What makes our show so special is that Wendy can comment on something that happened that morning.”
Tuesday saw the talk show atop the genre for second straight day among women 25-54.
Six-month ratings rise continues as the Debmar-Mercury talk show ranks fourth overall in metered markets in first 10 days of May sweeps.
Two months of additional new shows follow the Debmar-Mercury syndicated talker’s record-setting February sweeps performance.
The Debmar-Mercury talker finished the most recent ratings week with series-best numbers and is showing strength in the women 25-54 demo.
Fox Television Stations and Debmar Mercury today announced the renewal of The Wendy Williams Show through 2014 on the Fox-owned stations. The daily one-hour entertainment talk show premiered in July 2009. It’s broadcast live from New York. Prior to hosting this show, Williams enjoyed a 23-year career as a radio personality. The Wendy Williams Show is produced and distributed by Debmar-Mercury.
The Debmar-Mercury talker is cleared in more than 70% of the U.S. with cash-plus-barter renewal deals.