Wendy Williams says she has “maybe five percent” of sensation left in her feet amid her battle with lymphedema.
Speaking to TMZ on Tuesday, the 57-year-old lifted her swollen leg to show fans how her condition has progressed since leaving ‘The Wendy Williams Show’, which ended on the 17th. June.
“Do you see that? [My foot] is from top to bottom. I can only feel five percent of my feet, you know? she explained, noting that she doesn’t need the help of a wheelchair to get around and can “stand up” on her own.
According to the Mayo Clinic, lymphedema is caused by a blockage of the lymphatic system, which is part of the immune and circulatory systems.
In 2019, Williams revealed her diagnosis after pap photos showed her swollen ankles. She also suffers from Graves’ disease, which the Mayo Clinic says causes an overproduction of thyroid hormones.
However, when asked how she was “physically”, she said she was “better than” anyone.
The TV personality further confirmed that she’s “100% retired” from “The Wendy Williams Show,” but was willing to put in an hour or two as a guest host for “The Wendy Williams Show.” View”.
However, just because she’s retiring from television doesn’t mean Williams is going to fade into the background. In fact, the longtime broadcaster announced that she was producing her own podcast, which would earn her more money and free time.
“When you’re famous, podcasts will make me more money, being famous, than doing ‘The Wendy Williams Show,'” she explained.
“The Wendy Williams Show,” which first aired in 2008, ended earlier this month and, sadly, all of her iconic props were thrown away.
A production source told The Sun at the time: “The wigs are still there since she didn’t come to pick them up, so they’re thrown away.
“The [Big Purple Chair] just going to be thrown away,” the source added. “The production doesn’t even bother trying to donate the chair to a museum – like ‘The View’ did with its original table after 10 years. They donated it to the Smithsonian.
Williams did not show up for the finale of her show, which ran for 13 seasons. Previously, Page Six exclusively reported that staffers were wondering how to bring her back for the finale.
“People want her back,” a source said at the time. “A lot of people – especially mid- and lower-level producers – signed up for the position because of Wendy. I feel like it’s gonna end [without her]. It’s strange.”
New York Post