Wendy Williams taking a break from show after Graves' disease diagnosis

Resident Magazine celebration for Wendy Williams at Lovage Rooftop Featuring: Wendy Williams Where: New York, New York, United States When: 12 Apr 2017 Credit: Derrick Salters/

(WENN) - Wendy Williams is taking a three-week hiatus from her talk show after revealing she is battling Graves' disease.

The 53-year-old told viewers during Wednesday's episode of "The Wendy Williams Show" that she suffers from the autoimmune disease, which affects the thyroid, and hyperthyroidism. And, when she saw her endocrinologist the day before, she was told she needed to take time off.

"My doctor has prescribed - are you ready? - as of today, three weeks of vacation," she told her studio audience, before joking. "I'll be back in two. I'm not an heiress - who is going to pay my bills? Are you serious? I'm just saying, I come from working class."

She also added that she had canceled her first appointment to see the doctor in Dec. 2017 in favor of a business meeting and added, "What I want to say to women, more than men, is stop putting everyone first because if we're not good, they're not good."

Williams, who fainted on TV last October, canceled several shows last week and explained on social media that she was experiencing flu-like symptoms.

"Yesterday, Wendy's doctor prescribed a necessary three weeks of rest to get her levels and medication in sync," a representative for the show told "The show will be in repeats during this unplanned hiatus. A live show was produced today so that Wendy could speak directly to her fans and explain her condition."
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