Jerry O’Connell to fill in for Wendy Williams as guest host

Jerry O’Connell (Photo: Getty)
Jerry O’Connell (Photo: Getty)

Cape Town – On Wednesday, 21 February Wendy Williams abruptly ended her talk show, telling viewers she's taking time off to get her existing medicine out of her system before being put on new medication for her hyperthyroidism and Grave's disease.


Now the American talk show host has announced – via a statement to the press - that she will be back from 19 March after three weeks off to deal with medical issues. 

The businesswoman also mentioned in the release that Jerry O'Connell will be stepping in as her guest host from next week.

This news surprised many viewers because Wendy has said that she would never allow a guest host on her weekday talk show on BET (DStv 129). 

In the statement Wendy Williams also said:  "Jerry has been such a good friend to me and to the show. We're happy to welcome him as a guest host while I’m out getting much needed rest. Can’t wait to get back in my purple chair!"

Jerry O'Connell (44) said the statement: "I'm excited to help out and fill in. We all know nobody can fill the purple chair like Wendy, but I am honoured to sit with her co-hosts and to bring the many fans all the hot topics they love. Like Wendy tells us, 'I am going to say it like I mean It'."