By Joanne Rosa

In nine seasons of “The Wendy Williams Show” Wendy has never taken a sick day, until two weeks ago when she announced that she would take a three-week, doctor ordered break. She needed time to get her medication and levels from her long-public battle with hyperthyroidism and Graves’ disease in sync.

Wendy can’t wait to get back in her purple chair on Monday, March 19 – and we are counting down the hours.

While Wendy continues to put her health first she called on friend of the show Jerry O’Connell to fill in for her as the first guest host in the show’s nine-year-plus history.

“Jerry has been such a good friend to me and the show,” Wendy explained. “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 is a super-fan. “I am so excited to help out and fill in. We all know nobody can fill the purple chair like Wendy, but I am honored to sit with her co-hosts and to bring the many fans all the Hot Topics they love,” Jerry said about guest hosting. “ Like Wendy tells us, I am going to Say It Like I Mean It.”

There is no question that Jerry is our people. In a 2016 interview with Wendy, Jerry had a lot to say about the infamous Twitter feud between Kanye, Wiz Khalifa, and Amber Rose.

Actor Jerry O’Connell is an off the record celebrity expert, and is sure to have a lot of opinions on the latest Hot Topics. As for Ask Wendy, Jerry has that covered too. He’ll give co-hosts in the audience advice, and nothing will be off limits.

“The Wendy Williams Show” returns LIVE on Monday, March 12 with guest host Jerry O’Connell and Wendy’s back in her purple chair LIVE on Monday, March 19.

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