Viewers of Wendy Williams' daytime player must wait a week for the host's return.
Williams, who recovers from an injury she said last month, will resume losing the Wendy Williams Show on January 21, confirmed distributor and producer Debmar-Mercury on Wednesday. It is a week later than the January 14 return date previously announced.
The show, which has been in reruns since December 24, will resume new episodes on January 14, but with a panel of "Hot Talkers" serving in the host's absence.
"As she has for the past 10 years, Wendy delivers an unparalleled live talk show day in and out and we want to give her the best opportunity to heal and recover," said Debmar-Mercury co-chairs Mort Marcus and Ira Bernstein. "Wendy has our complete and relentless support, and we're looking forward to returning to the iconic purple chair."
Williams claimed that he had had a recurring injury at the end of December. The host missed her on December 17, lost and returned to work the next day, and hosted new episodes through the end of that week. After Williams was criticized for social media for unhappy behavior during her December 20 episode, the host sent a statement about the show's Instagram reveal that she had suffered "a hair frequency break on her upper arm, as hurt as hell" and that she had taken medicines to cope with the pain.
The show started a scheduled hiatus the following week. However, this break was extended when the speaker issued an Instagram announcement that Williams would miss her scheduled January 7 return date. "Wendy Williams returns with brand new episodes of The Wendy Williams Show on Monday, January 14, 2019," the mail reader. "After breaking her shoulder, Wendy is on time and wants to return painlessly and be 200%, delivering the best show millions of viewers set to watch."
Panelists for next week's show are expected to be revealed Monday.
"The Wendy Williams Show" is currently in its 10th season. The show is flying at Fox-owned-and-operated stations and syndicated nationwide by Debmar-Mercury.