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Wendy Williams announces breakthrough case of the coronavirus, delays show's season premiere

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Wendy Williams is further delaying her show return after being diagnosed with COVID-19.

The Instagram account of “The Wendy Williams Show” announced Wednesday that the daytime host, 57, is battling a “breakthrough case of COVID-19.”

“While continuing her health evaluations, Wendy has tested positive for a breakthrough case of COVID-19,” the statement began.

“To allow Wendy time to quarantine and fully recover and to ensure that our production abides by all SAG/AFTRA and DGA Covid protocols, we expect to begin the 13th season of ‘The Wendy Williams Show’ on Monday, October 4th.”

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The show will air repeats in the interim.

WATCH WHAT HAPPENS LIVE WITH ANDY COHEN @ HOME -- Episode 17152 -- Pictured in this screen grab: Wendy Williams -- (Photo by: Bravo/NBCU Photo Bank via Getty Images)

WATCH WHAT HAPPENS LIVE WITH ANDY COHEN @ HOME — Episode 17152 — Pictured in this screen grab: Wendy Williams — (Photo by: Bravo/NBCU Photo Bank via Getty Images)
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The announcement comes after Williams had to bow out of promotional activities because of “ongoing health issues” that required “further evaluations.”

After news of Williams’ health issues broke, a source told Page Six exclusively that she likely wouldn’t make it to her show’s premiere.

“People are tight-lipped about it, but there are whispers that she won’t be there,” the source shared.

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In a conversation with Dr. Oz in March, Williams expressed hesitancy about getting the COVID-19 jab.

“No. I don’t trust it,” she said. “I’ve never gotten the flu shot either, though, and you and I have talked about that. Several of the doctors on my team have told me, ‘Wendy, get the flu shot.’ I’ve never had the flu. I’m not getting a flu shot. I very rarely get a cold. I never have headaches. I don’t take aspirin because I feel my heart murmur or something like that. I’m not getting it — no! I don’t trust it. There, I said it.”

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In May, however, Williams announced that her live studio audience would be able to return on June 1 only if they were fully vaccinated.

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A source confirmed to Page Six on Wednesday that Williams has received the COVID-19 vaccine since publicly airing her skepticism.



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