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Wendy Williams was ‘in a bad place mentally’ before she took break from show as she hated working from home

In mid-May, Williams’ representative announced that she would be taking some time off from hosting duties as a precautionary measure
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Wendy Williams was “in a bad place mentally” and which got worse just before she took an abrupt break from her show, a source has revealed. On May 18, the 55-year-old announced that she would be taking time off from ‘The Wendy Williams Show’ to receive treatment for a previously announced health condition. She was reportedly experiencing fatigue because of symptoms from her Graves’ disease, a health condition that can lead to the overproduction of thyroid hormones and can cause wide-ranging symptoms.

However, now the source from her production team has revealed that a variety of factors led to her indefinite break. “Wendy absolutely hates working from home so the quarantine has been really hard on her. She’s been struggling with it more behind the scenes than her audience realizes and it got worse the week before her announcement,” the insider said, reported The Sun. The insider also shared that the struggles during COVID-19 lockdown “mixed with her symptoms from her condition” had put the star “in a bad place mentally.” Williams decided “she needed some time” and “couldn’t keep putting on her outgoing act for the camera,” the insider added.

Meanwhile, rumors have started doing the rounds that the ‘Think Like A Man’ star was seeking help not just for her thyroid disease but more, given her past struggles with drugs. However, the source refuted those speculations and said that she “is not checked into a treatment facility anywhere at the moment.”

In mid-May, Williams’ representative announced that she would be taking some time off from her hosting duties as a precautionary measure. “Recently, Wendy has been dealing with symptoms from her Graves’ disease which is causing fatigue. In consultation with her doctor and as a precautionary measure, she will be taking some time off as she continues to receive treatment,” a spokesperson said at the time.

"We look forward to welcoming Wendy back soon and continuing the ‘Wendy@Home’ shows. More updates on a return date will follow,” the statement from the spokesperson added.

However, this was not the first time, Williams has taken off from her show. In 2019 also, she was not seen for two months before re-appearing on camera again in March. After her return, she announced at the time that she was living in a "sober house” to work on her struggles with drug abuse. “For some time now, and even today and beyond, I have been living in a sober house. And you know I've had a struggle with cocaine in my past. And I never went to a place to get the treatment. I don't know how, except God was sitting on my shoulder and I just stopped,” Williams shared in one of the episodes while holding back her tears. “After I go to the Pilates, I go to several meetings all around town in the tri-state area. And I see my brothers and sisters caught up in their addiction and looking for help. They don't know I'm Wendy. They don't care I'm Wendy,” an emotional Williams said at the time.