Wendy Williams reveals she has COVID-19; breakthrough infection delays talk show's return

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"The Wendy Williams Show" season premiere has been delayed at least two weeks after Williams, who was vaccinated, tested positive for COVID-19.

"While continuing her health evaluations, Wendy has tested positive for a breakthrough case of COVID-19," the show announced in a Wednesday Instagram post. "To allow Wendy time to quarantine and fully recover ... we expect to begin the 13th season of 'The Wendy Williams Show' to begin on Monday, October 4th."

The announcement comes five days after the show posted that Williams, 57, was experiencing ongoing health issues and would "not be able to complete her promotional activities."

Despite the low chances of getting the virus while vaccinated, studies from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention have shown the effectiveness of the Pfizer-BioNTech and Moderna mRNA vaccines declined in New York, where Williams lives, when the delta variant became more common.

The 13th season of "The Wendy Williams" show will be delayed after Wendy Williams has tested positive for COVID-19.
The 13th season of "The Wendy Williams" show will be delayed after Wendy Williams has tested positive for COVID-19.

The 13th season was expected to return Sept. 20. Instead, reruns of previous seasons will air until Williams returns.

When the production of "Wendy Williams" shut down at the onset of the pandemic, her daytime talk show went remote for two months from her home.

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"The pandemic does not affect how we do our show. When I get out there and there's no audience and there's no co-host, it doesn't matter," Williams told USA TODAY last September adding that fans can expect the "same Wendy, same giggle, same show."

In May 2020 Williams paused her at home broadcasts after experiencing fatigue stemming from her previously diagnosed Graves' disease, a condition which leads to the overproduction of thyroid hormones and can cause wide-ranging symptoms and affect overall health.

This article originally appeared on USA TODAY: Wendy Williams tests positive for breakthrough COVID-19

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