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Sherri Shepherd surprised Wendy Show viewers on Tuesday after emergency surgery for appendicitis.

The actress/comedian updated her fans on Monday. She said the surgery to remove her appendix prevented her from hosting The Wendy Williams Show on Monday. Sherri was scheduled to host the show from Monday through Friday this week.

Wendy Williams, who is on extended medical leave, is not expected to return this year.

Sherri is a fan favorite out of all the guest hosts on Wendy's show. She was replaced by Michael Rapaport on Monday.

A rep shared a statement from to PEOPLE, apologizing for Sherri missing Monday's show: "She is absolutely devastated that she will not be able to guest host The Wendy Williams Show today, but she is following doctors orders and expected to make a full recovery. Thank you all for understanding and respecting her privacy."

In a post on Instagram, Sherri shared a photo of the dress she would've worn to host Monday's episode.

"With some alterations this would've been my opening day dress (@tagsboutique) for @wendyshow but my stomach is swollen from the surgeons removing my appendix," she wrote.

"I tried it on and swore I heard the dress scream 'Bisssshhhh what do you think you're doing!' " Sherri joked. "@4kwame my stylist is frantically shopping for loose & flowing dresses right now! Saints... pray for me! Can't wait for see you!"

But in an update on Tuesday, the Wendy Show Instagram account shared a clip of Sherri hosting Tuesday's show.

"Show your love for @SherriShepherd!!!" the caption read.

The audience cheered ecstatically as Sherri danced during her introduction. "Thank you! I'm so excited to be here," Sherri said.
 

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The Wendy Williams Show is forced to pay people to sit in the studio audience during her extended absence due to Covid-19 complications.

The show's producer is offering $75 cash to non-union, vaccinated people to sit in the studio audience next week when guest host Whitney Cummings fills in for Wendy, according to an email blast seen by Page Six.

The call for seat fillers states: "$75 CASH incentive, given same day (3 hrs)."

The desperate action was necessary because producers are having trouble filling studio seats during Wendy's absence.

Not only that, but producers can't seem to convince bold name celebrities to host the popular daytime talk show.

A handful of stars have declined to host the show, according to sources.

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Wendy, who is fully vaccinated, has taken an extended leave from her hosting duties while she battles complications from Covid-19. She was hospitalized last month after having difficulty breathing.

Wendy, 57, is expected to be off the air through at least early November, according to Page Six.

There was also rumors that the show may be canceled.

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After multiple delays of her popular daytime talk show, Wendy Williams is reportedly ready to pull the plug on the show.

Last week Wendy confirmed her daytime talk show would return on October 4, despite her mental and physical health issues.

In a video posted on her official Instagram account, Wendy wrote: "THE WAIT IS OVER! Season 13 starts MONDAY. You don't wanna miss it!"

Then on Thursday, it was announced that the show was delayed yet again.

Now comes word that Wendy is pulling the plug on the show after 13 seasons.

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According to The Sun:

Wendy Williams may quit her talk show following a string of serious health struggles- as her show has still not been renewed past 2022, according to sources.

One source close to The Wendy Williams Show exclusively told The Sun: 'The show is set to air through the 2021-22 season. There is no decision beyond that, but she could very well walk away. She's over it."

Wendy looked frail and weak after she was discharged from a NY hospital on Sept. 24 following treatment for Covid-19 and a possible mental breakdown.

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She was photographed arriving home with her son Kevin Hunter Jr. and an assistant pushing her in a wheelchair.

The daytime TV host, who is fully vaccinated, was previously hospitalized on Sept. 15 after she tested positive for a "breakthrough case" of Covid-19.

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Wendy Williams confirms her daytime talk show will return on October 4, despite her mental and physical health issues.

Williams, 57, announced her talk show's definite return on her Instagram account.

The caption read: "THE WAIT IS OVER! Season 13 starts MONDAY. You don't wanna miss it!"

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Wendy looked frail when she was discharged from a NY hospital on Sept. 24 following treatment for Covid-19 and a possible mental breakdown.

She was photographed arriving home with her son Kevin Hunter Jr. and an assistant pushing her in a wheelchair.

The daytime TV host, who is fully vaccinated, was previously hospitalized on Sept. 15 after she tested positive for a "breakthrough case" of Covid-19.

A source told TMZ that Wendy is currently "asymptomatic", meaning she is showing no symptoms of Covid.

Breakthrough cases occur when fully vaccinated persons are infected with Covid-19.

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Wendy Williams' brother says his sister is stable, improving, and hanging in there during her stay at a hospital where she is reportedly "fighting" Covid-19.

As reported last week, the 57-year-old host was voluntarily admitted to a hospital in New York on Wednesday for a psychiatric evaluation after police responded to a 911 call about a "non-violent" 57-year-old woman behaving erratically.

However, insiders say Wendy was actually hospitalized after testing positive for Covid-19. A source tells Sandrarose.com that Wendy can't have visitors due to her diagnosis.

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According to Wendy's brother, Tommy Williams, she is "fighting" to get well and resume her hosting duties on The Wendy Williams Show season premiere in October.

"I really do believe and have the faith that Wendy's going to make it... We've been hit just like other families. You know it's not easy [but] you got to dig yourself out, you got to hold on to the memories and we have some good ones.

"She's doing well. Stable. I've spoken with her, and we're hanging in there. She's hanging in there. We're praying. She's fighting."

However, another source close to Wendy Williams said the fully vaccinated host is "asymptomatic and not showing any signs of COVID-19." The source added that Wendy's mental health "continues to improve each day."

The Wendy Williams Show season premiere has been pushed back to October 4.

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Wendy Williams has reportedly been hospitalized for a psychiatric evaluation after suffering a psychotic break.

According to TMZ, the 57-year-old host was voluntarily admitted to a hospital in New York on Wednesday for a psychiatric hold.

Police responded to a 911 call about a "non-violent" 57-year-old woman behaving erratically at Wendy's luxury high-rise in Manhattan.

She was bundled into an ambulance and transported to a NY hospital where she was admitted for a mental health evaluation.

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Wendy, who is fully vaccinated, was previously hospitalized after she tested positive for a "breakthrough case" of Covid-19. A source told TMZ that Wendy is currently "asymptomatic", meaning she is showing no symptoms of Covid.

Breakthrough cases occur when fully vaccinated persons are infected with Covid-19.

According to the Centers for Disease Control data on breakthrough cases: "Vaccine breakthrough cases are expected," and "no vaccine is 100% effective at preventing illness."

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It's unclear at this stage when the talk show Diva will be discharged from the hospital. However, the insider told TMZ that her mental health "continues to improve each day".

It isn't clear what triggered Wendy's mental break. She recently began dating again after breaking off a mentally abusive relationship earlier this year.

Due to Williams' mental and physical health issues, the premiere of the new season of The Wendy Williams Show has been pushed from September 20 to October 4.

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Wendy Williams was recently hospitalized after contracting Covid-19 despite being fully vaccinated.

The September 20th season premiere of the Wendy Williams Show was canceled after Wendy was diagnosed with a breakthrough case of Covid-19.

Wendy's Instagram account announced on Wednesday that the fully vaccinated daytime host is battling a "breakthrough case of Covid-19."

"While continuing her health evaluations, Wendy has tested positive for a breakthrough case of COVID-19," the statement read.

"To allow Wendy time to quarantine and fully recover and to ensure that our production abides by all SAG/AFTRA and DGA Covid protocols, we expect to begin the 13th season of 'The Wendy Williams Show' on Monday, October 4th."

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Page Six reports the show will air repeats until then.

Wendy's fans were shocked when paparazzi photos showed her arriving at her Manhattan apartment wearing a bathrobe and blue socks on the wet pavement.

She was assisted into the building while another man followed close behind her with a wheelchair.

According to the Centers for Disease Control data on breakthrough cases: "Vaccine breakthrough cases are expected," and "no vaccine is 100% effective at preventing illness."

The CDC claims the mRNA vaccines "may make illness less severe for those who are vaccinated and still get sick. The risk of infection, hospitalization, and death are all much lower in vaccinated people compared to unvaccinated."

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The September 20th season premiere of the Wendy Williams Show may be canceled due to Wendy Williams' current health scare.

The 57-year-old talk show host looked frail and weak when she returned home from a hospital stay wearing a bathrobe and blue socks on Friday, Sept. 11.

She was assisted into her Manhattan high-rise building, followed by a man pushing a wheelchair.

Wendy's concerned son, Kevin Hunter, Jr., followed close behind his ailing mom.

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According to Page Six, Wendy's production staff returned to the office last week. But Wendy has not been seen in the studio since going on hiatus.

There are rumors that she won't be well enough to return to her purple chair on Sept. 20.

"People are tight-lipped about it, but there are whispers that she won't be there," one Wendy source told Page Six.
 
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A statement posted to her Instagram account on Thursday noted Wendy canceled all of her promotional appearances for the show this week.

"Wendy is dealing with some ongoing health issues and is undergoing further evaluations.

"She will not be able to complete her promotional activities next week, but can't wait to be back in her purple chair on Monday, September 20th for the 13th season premiere."

Wendy has been candid about her ongoing issues with Graves' disease and other unreported illnesses.

In 2018, Wendy took an extended break from her show due to issues with hyperthyroidism. Wendy's celebrity pals, including Nick Cannon, substituted for her as host.

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Wendy Williams appeared frail and sickly in a bathrobe and blue socks as she arrived home after a hospital stay on Friday.

Wendy is pictured above with son Kevin Hunter Jr. in May before she fell ill and was admitted to a hospital recently.

A photographer snapped the shocking photos of the feeble-looking daytime TV host as she was assisted from a limo while someone pushed a wheelchair behind her on Friday.

Wendy, who was diagnosed with Graves' disease in 2018, wore blue compression socks on the wet NYC pavement the day after announcing she's canceled promotional events for her show due to "ongoing health issues."

Wendy looked dehydrated and her legs were ashy. See the shocking photos here.

Kevin Jr. was seen wheeling a small suitcase into Wendy's luxury high-rise building in Manhattan.

The photos sparked reports that Wendy's health is failing after years of prescription drug and alcohol abuse. She was admitted to an inpatient sober living center in 2019 after her ex-husband, Kevin Hunter, welcomed a daughter with his longtime mistress.

Wendy canceled a week of promotions due to her "ongoing health issues."

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A statement posted to Instagram Thursday read:

"Wendy is dealing with some ongoing health issues and is undergoing further evaluations.

"She will not be able to complete her promotional activities next week, but can't wait to be back in her purple chair on Monday, September 20th for the 13th season premiere."

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Fans took to social media to show support for the 57-year-old talk show Diva.

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Wendy Williams introduced her new boyfriend to her 1.9 million followers on Instagram over the weekend.

The 57-year-old TV talk show host surprised her followers when she posted an image of herself in a car with a middle-aged white man on Saturday night.

"My son's 21st birthday party on the yacht in #Miami was everything he wanted. Even my boyfriend," Wendy wrote.

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Wendy was rumored to be dating musician and actor Ray J, 40, after they were spotted on a lunch date together in June.
 
READ ALSO: PICS: Wendy Williams pays homage to Diana Ross while on a date with Ray J
 
Wendy broke up with her last boyfriend -- Maryland contractor Mike Esterman -- in May. She was disappointed when he ran to the media to be the first to comment after their breakup.

"I didn't say anything [publicly about it] because I'm that grown," Williams told Page Six about the breakup.

"We would've had this discussion way behind the scenes. I am not embarrassed because I'm that grown. But since childish ones — Mike — well, he's giving quotes!"

Esterman, who is white, said he wasn't surprised that Wendy had to have the last word.

"Of course she has to have the last word, and because she is the kind of person that she is; she's the only thing that will make herself look best."

Wendy finalized her divorce from her cheating husband, Kevin Hunter, in January 2020 after the blogs reported he fathered a daughter outside his marriage.

Wendy and Kevin Sr., her second husband, share son Kevin Hunter, 21.

It's no surprise that Wendy has given up on Black men. She previously said she considers herself "a multicultural woman who happens to be Black".

Wendy Joan Williams lived a privileged childhood in Asbury Park, New Jersey.

Her parents had a combined three master's degrees and the family took trips around the world.