Leah Remini will return to daytime television as a replacement for Wendy Williams when Williams shows their much-delayed debut season next week.
The 51-year-old Emmy Award-winning actress, producer and author was announced as a guest host on “The Wendy Williams Show” Tuesday through Friday amid Williams’ continued health issues.
“Wendy’s shoes are difficult to fill, so we had to find the right size,” executive producer David Perler said in a statement Thursday. “Leah will bring a lot of fun and energy to our viewers with a few surprises along the way.”
After being unceremoniously fired as one of the inaugural hosts of CBS’s “The Talk” after her first season, the “King of Queens” star enjoyed a career rebirth with her 2015 hit memoir, ” Troublemaker: Surviving Hollywood and Scientology “. and the controversial documentary series “Scientology and the Consequences”. The Brooklyn native has been a regular guest on “The Wendy Williams Show”.
For the October 18 premiere episode, the production brought in some of Williams’ ‘favorite panelists’ – bestselling author and Sirius XM host Bevy Smith, Variety magazine senior reporter Elizabeth Wagmeister, the 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 his 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 groundbreaking case of COVID-19 amid other health concerns, including Graves’ disease, an autoimmune disease that results in an overactive thyroid gland.
The Daytime Emmy Award-nominated series was then pushed back for the second time to October 18, with the show announcing on Instagram that the former shock radio jock had recovered from COVID-19 but was still facing health issues. additional.
“Wendy continues to be under medical supervision and meets with her medical team on a daily basis. She is making progress but suffers from serious complications resulting directly from Graves’ disease and her thyroid condition, ”the statement said. “It was determined that it would take longer before she could resume her live hosting duties.
“We want his health to be his top priority. As soon as she is ready, she will be back in her precious purple chair, ”the statement continued. “We very much appreciate Wendy’s privacy and best wishes from her fans, station partners and advertisers.”