Wendy Williams has admitted to having a medical condition called lymphoedema, which explains photographs showing her swollen ankles.
“[L]ymphoedema, by the way I’ve been diagnosed. It’s not going to kill me but I do have a machine. And how dare you talk about the swelling of it all,” Williams said on The Wendy Williams Show.
“It’s lymphoedema, and I’ve got it under control,” Williams told her audience. “And if my feet and lower things never go all the way down, at least I have this machine I got fitted for that goes all the way up here. And I sit for 45 minutes a day. And believe me it’s the best party entertainer ever. Everybody who comes over, wants to do this. It massages.”
She then advises the audience to find out on their own how the machine works so she doesn’t have to explain it all.
“Look, it’s pushing all the… Just look it up! Okay? This is not a medical moment. In the name of Dr. Oz!”
Williams had just come back from a five-week vacation. She said she will work for another four weeks, and then have another break until September 16, when the next season of the show starts.
During her vacation, Williams spent time at the California home of Kanye West and Kim Kardashian.
Williams said she also wanted to find a place where not many people would recognize her, so she spent time in Idaho.
“So every once in a while you have to escape and go some place where nobody knows your name. And you really just have to think. Five weeks off… really, I missed you, but I’m trying to gather my life,” Williams said, possibly referring to the hardship of her recent divorce.
She also said she visited Chicago, Phoenix, Dallas, and Scottsdale, Arizona, among other places, during her trip.
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When Williams first walked out on the show, she was crying. It could have been because of the massive applause she received from the audience, her happiness (or sadness) at being back from vacation, or some issue in her very public personal life, but it wasn’t made clear.
Williams also said that she found out over her vacation that she would be getting a star on the Hollywood Walk of Fame.
Before Williams had established herself as an internationally syndicated TV talk show host, she spent 23 years as a radio host. The show was a hit and had an audience of over 12 million people, according to her biography at The Wendy Williams Show’s website. Her radio show was so popular that she was inducted into the National Radio Hall of Fame in 2009.
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Williams’s son, Kevin Williams Jr., just had an assault case dismissed, TMZ reported. He was accused of punching his father. Meanwhile, his parents have been in the midst of a public divorce, and neither parent wanted to pursue charges against their son.
Kevin Williams Sr. walked into court and out of court with his son, according to video obtained by TMZ. Wendy was not at the courthouse at the time due to hosting her show.