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Wendy Williams Diagnosed with Dementia and Aphasia, According to Her Health Team

Wendy Williams. Photo/Instagram @therealwendywilliamsonline

Wendy Williams, talk show host and former radio personality, has been diagnosed with frontotemporal dementia and aphasia, according to several media outlets. According to Today, "Her care team revealed that she's been diagnosed with primary progressive aphasia and frontotemporal dementia. A press release from Feb. 22, 2024, confirmed that "after undergoing a battery of medical tests," Williams was diagnosed with both conditions in 2023. Frontotemporal dementia symptoms include emotional problems, trouble communicating, difficulty with work, or difficulty with walking. Aphasia is the loss of ability to understand and express speech. 

For years, people have questioned the state of her health. In 2018, she announced that she suffers from Graves' disease. In 2017, while recording live on "The Wendy Williams Show," she fainted on air. She later stated that she was dizzy and hot; "A lot of people thought that was a joke, me fainting on my set," she said. "No, that was not a joke. I'm a tall woman, and it's a long way down," per CNN. Her health status was questioned even more after she suddenly stopped working on her show in 2022, and reportedly received a court-ordered guardian, who was in control of her finances. Williams also underwent a messy and very public divorce from Kevin Hunter. Her son Kevin Jr. expressed his concern about her overall well-being with Entertainment Tonight; he stated, My mom has done a great job making it seem like everything is ok, always." In recent times, the shock jock has been seen in a wheelchair and not looking like herself. According to her family, she's in a treatment facility. 

The upcoming Lifetime documentary Where Is Wendy Williams? takes a look into what's been happening behind the scenes with the long-time television personality. In a preview of a Nightline sit-down interview with Deborah Roberts shown on Thursday's Good Morning America, Alex Finnie -- Williams' niece -- opens up about how it's been for the star's family as they've witnessed her lowest moments, including an excessive drinking habit and moments of incoherence. "I said I wasn't gonna cry -- because I feel like I've cried enough over the last year and a half," Finnie tells Roberts. "But what people are gonna see is a broken woman who has had the world on her shoulders for so long and just cracked," as reported by ET

The Lifetime documentary airs Saturday and Sunday (Feb. 24 and 25) at 5 p.m. PT/8 p.m. ET. 

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