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“NS Wendy Williams The Show” aired the season 13 premiere Monday morning without its eponymous host.

The daytime talk show began with a four-person panel that included Bevy Smith, Elizabeth Wagmeister, Michael Yoo and Devin Simone, and right off the bat, they all addressed the audience with Williams’ signature catchphrase, “How You doin’?”


Yo then addressed Williams’ absence.

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“Wendy, I know you’re watching now, and on my behalf, our panels, your co-hosts, we love you and can’t wait to have you back in that purple chair,” Yo said.

None of the panel members discussed Williams’ health or the issues of keeping her off TV.

Last week, the show announced that Leah Remini will also be the guest host For the four-day run in Williams’ absence.

“Wendy’s shoes are hard to fill, so we need to find the right fit,” executive producer David Perler said in a statement obtained by Page Six. “Leah will bring a lot of fun and energy to our audience with a few surprises along the way.”

TV personality Wendy Williams speaks on stage during the 2017 Global Citizen Festival in Central Park in New York City in September 2017.

Williams, 57, was initially scheduled to start her new season on 20 September, but has been pushed back several times due to “ongoing health issues”, including testing positive for one. The success case of COVID-19. He was later reportedly taken to the hospital for mental health assessment.

Debmar-Mercury, the production company behind the show, did not mention the alleged mental health check-up in its statement, but did reveal that Williams “remains under medical supervision and meets with her medical team on a daily basis.”

Wendy Williams speaks on stage during the Global Citizen Festival 2017 in Central Park in New York City in September 2017.

“She is making progress, but continues to suffer serious complications as a direct result of Graves’ disease and her thyroid condition,” the statement continued. “It has been determined that more time is needed before being able to return to its live hosting duties.”

It is unclear when Williams will return to the show.

This article was first published in the New York Post