Leah Remini to replace Wendy Williams on daytime talk show – New York Daily News
Leah Remini will return to daytime television as Wendy Williams’ replacement when the Williams shows have their much-delayed season 13 premiere next week.
The 51-year-old Emmy Award-winning actress, producer and author has been announced as guest host of “The Wendy Williams Show” Tuesday through Friday amid Williams’ ongoing health issues.
“Wendy’s shoes are hard to fill, so we had to find the right size,” executive producer David Perler said in a statement Thursday. “Leah will bring lots of fun and energy to our viewers with a few surprises along the way.”
After being unceremoniously fired as one of the first hosts of CBS’s “The Talk” after its first season, the “King of Queens” star enjoyed a career resurgence with her hit 2015 memoir, ” Troublemaker: Surviving Hollywood and Scientology”. and the controversial “Scientology and the Aftermath” documentary series. The Brooklyn native has been a regular guest on “The Wendy Williams Show.”
For the October 18 premiere, the production tapped some of Williams’ “favorite hot talk panelists” – bestselling author and Sirius XM host Bevy SmithVariety magazine senior reporter Elizabeth Wagmeister, former reality TV personality Devyn Simone and comedian Michael Yo — to lead the hour-long chatfest.
Williams’ recent health issues have delayed the return of her syndicated series several times over the past month.
The season 13 premiere, originally scheduled for September 20, was pushed back to October 4 after Williams, 57, reportedly tested positive for a breakthrough case of COVID-19 amid other health issues, including Graves’ disease, an autoimmune disorder that results in an overactive thyroid gland.
The Daytime Emmy-nominated series was later pushed back to October 18 for a second time, with the show announcing on Instagram that the former radio shock jock had recovered from COVID-19 but was still struggling with health issues. additional.
“Wendy continues to be under medical supervision and meets with her medical team daily. She is making progress but is experiencing serious complications as a direct result of Graves’ disease and her thyroid condition,” the statement read. “It has been determined that she needs more time before she can return to live hosting duties.
“We want his health to be his top priority. As soon as she’s ready, she’ll be back in her precious purple chair,” the statement continued. “We very much appreciate Wendy’s privacy, and all the best wishes from her fans, station partners and advertisers.”