Wendy Williams has reportedly canceled an upcoming $25,000 speech at the Atlanta Women’s Expo scheduled for this weekend.
The media personality, who suffers from a range of medical issues including Graves’ disease and lymphedema, reportedly retired due to “ongoing health issues,” according to Page six.
“There is a video of Wendy playing on Saturday in which she apologizes for the late cancellation,” a representative for the 58-year-old star told the outlet.
An insider also revealed to The Sun that there were “questions as to whether Wendy was healthy enough” to appear after some initial “pressing to get her to Atlanta and put her on that stage.”
Wendy’s ability to perform has been rocky at best. She can put together a sentence one day, but not the next,” the source continued. “There have been serious questions lately about whether she will ever get better.”
Lying low: Wendy Williams canceled an upcoming $25,000 speech at the Atlanta Women’s Expo scheduled for this weekend; seen in 2020
Following the news of her absence, all promotion of Williams as a speaker has been removed from the Atlanta Women’s Expo website.
Over the past year, Williams has been open about her recent weight loss and her battle with lymphedema, a swelling due to a buildup of lymph fluid in the body.
In June, during an interview with TMZthe talk show icon held up her foot to show how swollen and discolored it has become as a result of her condition.
During the interview, which sparked a wave of sympathy from her fans for her apparently disoriented behavior, she explained that her condition only leaves her with “maybe 5 percent of my feet” feeling.
“Normally I would be in a wheelchair. I’m not in a wheelchair. I’m standing up,” she said, explaining that when she stands “I just look down because I don’t want to fall.”
Nearly five years ago, she passed out during the live Halloween episode of her daytime talk show, an incident she attributed to heat exhaustion and dehydration while wearing her Statue of Liberty costume.
In March 2019, after a hiatus from the show, she emotionally announced on-air that she was staying in a “sober house.”
The following month in April 2019, she filed for divorce from her longtime husband Kevin after he had a baby girl with his mistress Sharina Hudson.
Last minute cancellation: The media personality, who suffers from a range of medical issues including Graves’ disease and lymphedema, reportedly pulled out due to “ongoing health issues,” according to Page Six
Struggling: Williams has been open for the past year about her recent weight loss and her battle with lymphedema, a swelling due to lymph fluid buildup in the body; seen in February
After her marriage was over, she claimed that Kevin wrongfully locked her up in rehab and that she hadn’t really needed to dehydrate.
In an interview with DJ Suss One in 2021, she said she was “locked into rehab for something that didn’t require me to rehab.”
Wendy, who was addicted to cocaine when she was a radio shock jock but quit the drug before her days on TV, claimed Kevin Sr. on the edge.’
She claimed that rehab was really just “a quiet place to put me down,” while Sharina “got bigger and bigger and bigger” as her pregnancy came to an end.
Her final years on her daytime talk show were personally a turbulent time for Wendy, who not only endured her divorce, but also the death of her mother.
She last appeared on the talk show over a year ago before taking her summer hiatus – and then repeatedly postponing her return due to her health issues