Daytime talk show host Wendy Williams will continue to be absent from her namesake series through at least Nov. 8, due to ongoing medical issues. Comedians Whitney Cummings and Sherri Shepherd have been set as the next round of guest hosts.
The show's production company, Debmar-Mercury, said Tuesday that stand-up comic Cummings, 39, creator-star of "Whitney" and creator of "2 Broke Girls," would fill in during the week of Oct. 25-29. "Dish Nation" co-host Shepherd, 53, a former panelist on "The View," for which she shared a 2009 Daytime Emmy Award and four additional nominations, hosts the week of Nov. 1-5.
Williams, 57, has Graves' disease, aka autoimmune hyperthyroidism, and lymphedema. The producers announced earlier this month that the season-13 debut on Oct. 18 would have a panel consisting of Devyn Simone, Bevy Smith, Elizabeth Wagmeister and Michael Yo, and that actor-producer Leah Remini would host the remainder of the week.
"In my opinion, nobody is more entertaining or authentic than Wendy Williams," Cummings said, in part, in a statement. "As an avid fan, it is surreal to sit in for Wendy, but as someone who has been a guest on the show so many times, I feel confident that my relentless habit of speaking candidly, often to the point of self-sabotage, may go over well with her fans."
Shepherd in a statement said she was "so excited to return to … host for a full week! I had such a great time when I hosted the show in 2019 and I'm flattered that Wendy and the producers put their trust in me to fill in again. I'm sending my love and well wishes out to her."
The syndicated show airs locally weekdays at 10 a.m. on WNYW/5.