Does Wendy Williams have dementia? Brother Tommy denies rumors: 'It's all physical'

Unconfirmed reports about Wendy Williams suffering from the effects of early onset dementia was shut down by the talk show host's brother

                            Does Wendy Williams have dementia? Brother Tommy denies rumors: 'It's all physical'
TV personality Wendy Williams attends the 2019 NYWIFT Muse Awards at the New York Hilton Midtown on December 10, 2019 in New York City. (Photo by Lars Niki/Getty Images for New York Women in Film & Television)

After unconfirmed reports circulated about how talk show host Wendy Williams was suffering from dementia, in the midst of her months-long absence from her own show, her brother Tommy Williams Jr has shut down these rumors. 

Rumors first started circulating over the November 20 weekend that the TV personality was experiencing symptoms of early onset dementia — this despite the fact that Wendy Williams has released several explanations on her Instagram page. The 57-year-old host has yet to return to her purple chair after going on a health-related hiatus and the future of her show is uncertain. The reports suggested that Wendy's health is much more dire than what’s been made public so far. They stated that she has lost all blood circulation in her legs and feet and is unable to walk. This was the reason she is confined to a wheelchair.


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'It's all physical'

Wendy's younger brother Tommy told The Sun that his sister has not been “displaying that type of behavior" to the family. He said: “We haven't had any alerts like that and I haven't seen anything like that or have had conversations with her that would lead me to believe that. We routinely go up and check on Wendy even though we're all down here in Florida. I try to make it up there and my dad speaks with Wendy frequently. So no, we don't have any concerns concerning her mental state. It’s all physical." In fact, the star is mentally sound enough to possibly travel to see her family in Florida for the upcoming holiday weekend. “I am trying to find out if she's coming down for Thanksgiving. I mean - she's normal like that,” he added. 

When will Wendy Williams return?


The Sun reported that later this month, Leah Remini, 51, and Michelle Visage, 53, will return to The Wendy Williams Show as guest co-hosts.The duo will serve as co-hosts for two full weeks of episodes beginning on Monday, Nov 29 through Friday, December 10. 

The host took to Instagram on November 8 to give an update about her condition to her fans. "HOW YOU DOIN’? I MISS YOU ALL! As everyone knows, my health has been a hot topic. I’m making progress but it’s just one of those things that’s taking longer than we expected. I’m a woman of a certain age, and I know enough to listen to my doctors and will return to my purple chair as soon as we all agree I’m ready," she wrote. 

Wendy continued: "I want to thank all of my staff and our guest hosts for stepping up and stepping in while I can’t be there. I also want to thank Debmar-Mercury and our stations for being so understanding and supportive while I work my way back. Most of all, I want to thank my fans. I have heard your prayers and comments and feel all the love! You are everything to me. I love spending my mornings with you all and I’m doing everything I can to get back to work, but right now Wendy has to focus on Wendy. I love you for watching..."

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