Wendy Williams Apologizes for ‘Less Than Stellar’ Show After Taking Painkillers

Daytime talk show host repeatedly tripped over her words and appeared to struggle to read the teleprompter

Last Updated: December 21, 2018 @ 1:16 PM

Wendy Williams took to Instagram on Friday to apologize for flubbing her words on her daytime talk show this week, blaming her performance on painkillers.

“I sincerely apologize if you feel that today’s show was less than stellar,” Williams wrote in a post describing the pain from a hairline fracture in her arm. “I’ve never taken a pain medication in my life (except when I got snatched over 20 years ago) until this week. I did that to power through and try to deliver a great show for you, against the better judgement of the many people around me who genuinely care for my well-being.”

Viewers noticed that Williams stumbled over her speech on Thursday’s show and appeared to struggle to read a teleprompter while presenting a story about the Kardashians.

“Needless to say, whatever today’s performance was with the legendary The Lox, who said such nice things, I have no regrets and I appreciate everyone’s genuine concern for my wellness and care,” Williams wrote. “I promise you a better Wendy in 2019. I will get some much needed rest and healing over these next couple of weeks.”

Williams previously took a few weeks off from her show after being diagnosed with Graves disease back in February. She also went viral last October after dramatically fainting in the middle of her live Halloween show.

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To My Wendy Watchers, I sincerely apologize if you feel that today's show was less than stellar. I’m on your TV screens every day wanting to spread laughter, entertainment and cheer. As I reported earlier in the week, I have a hairline fracture on my upper arm, which hurts like hell. I’ve never broken a bone or experienced a fracture in my life. In the key place where the fracture is, and trying to scurry around and do too much, I am now paying the price. I've never taken a pain medication in my life (except when I got snatched over 20 years ago) until this week. I did that to power through and try to deliver a great show for you, against the better judgement of the many people around me who genuinely care for my well-being. I really do ride or die for my craft and give 200%. Not to mention everyone is aware at this point about my thyroid condition (don’t cry for me Argentina). For all my fellow thyroid sufferers, you know what the deal is. And for those that don’t: I encourage you to please read up. Needless to say, whatever today's performance was with the legendary The Lox, who said such nice things, I have no regrets and I appreciate everyone’s genuine concern for my wellness and care. I promise you a better Wendy in 2019. I will get some much needed rest and healing over these next couple of weeks. (Yes I am definitely juicing over the next couple of weeks). Sorry again. I love you all. Happy Holidays!

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