Wendy Williams says she only has “maybe five percent” feeling 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 she stopped hosting “The Wendy Williams Show,” which ended on June 17.
“See this? [My foot] goes up and down. I can only feel five percent of my feet, you understand?’ she explained and clarified that she does not need the assistance of a wheelchair to get around and can ‘stand up’ on her own.
Lymphedema is caused by a blockage in the lymphatic system, part of the immune system and circulatory system, according to the Mayo Clinic.
In 2019, Williams revealed her diagnosis after dad photos showed her swollen ankles. She also suffers from Graves’ disease, which leads to an overproduction of thyroid hormones, according to the Mayo Clinic.
However, when the outlet asked how she was “physically” she said she was doing “better than” anyone else.
The TV personality went on to confirm that she was “100 percent retired” from “The Wendy Williams Show”, but was willing to put in an hour or two as guest host for “The View”.
But just because she’s retiring doesn’t mean Williams will fade into the background. The longtime announcer has even announced that she will be producing her own podcast, which will bring her more money and free time.
“If you’re famous, podcasts will make more money for me, because I’m famous, than with ‘The Wendy Williams Show,'” she explained.
“The Wendy Williams Show,” which first aired in 2008, ended earlier this month and sadly, all of its iconic props were thrown out.
A production source told The Sun at the time: “The wigs are still there because she didn’t come to get them, so they’re being thrown away.
“The [Big Purple Chair] will simply 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 their original table after 10 years. They owe it to The Smithsonian given.”
Williams failed to show up for the finale of her show, which ran for 13 seasons. Previously, Vidak For Congress reported exclusively that staffers were concerned about how to get her back for the finals.
“People want her to come back,” a source said at the time. “A lot of people – especially the mid and low producers – have signed up for the job because of Wendy. It feels like it’s just going to end [without her]† It’s weird.”