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NextImg:Wendy Williams’ return to TV ‘impossible’ after aphasia diagnosis: ex-producer

Wendy Williams won’t ever return to the small screen, her former producer believes.

Fans were left stunned Thursday when it was announced that the beloved daytime star, 59, has been diagnosed with progressive aphasia and frontotemporal dementia.

Williams famously hosted her eponymous chat show that ran from 2008 to 2022.

Now, Suzanne Bass, who was the co-executive producer of the program, spoke out about the star’s diagnosis and the seeming end of her TV career.

“Since Wendy’s been off the air, there’s been a huge void in both daytime TV and pop culture,” she told People Saturday. “I think there’s always been a glimmer of hope for a comeback for her, but since this diagnosis, that seems impossible. It makes me very sad.”

“I do know it takes time to diagnose conditions like this,” Bass continued. “I’m saddened by it all. Because people are constantly saying, ‘Wouldn’t it be great if Wendy makes a comeback?’”

The “Wendy Williams Show” ran in syndication from 2008 until 2022. The Wendy Williams Show

She added: “I’m more sad about her health, not that she can’t make a comeback. To have this sort of diagnosis, there’s some finality to it.”

Bass noted that she has only conversed with Williams just a few times since the show’s conclusion.

She explained that the “Think Like a Man” star would often have trouble “remembering things” while on their calls.

Williams was recently diagnosed with progressive aphasia and frontotemporal dementia. zz/Dennis Van Tine/STAR MAX/IPx

A two-part Lifetime documentary chronicling Williams’ health issues titled “Where is Wendy Williams?” is set to premiere on Saturday evening at 8 p.m.

In the doc, she will open up about her alcohol abuse, as well as her financial problems.

Williams is suffering from the same illnesses as Bruce Willis, who retired from acting in 2022.

The Daytime Emmy-nominee released a statement regarding her diagnosis on Friday for the first time.

A two-part Lifetime documentary chronicling Williams’ health issues titled “Where is Wendy Williams?” is set to premiere on Saturday at 8 p.m. Getty Images for SiriusXM

“I want to say I have immense gratitude for the love and kind words I have received after sharing my diagnosis of Aphasia and Frontotemporal Dementia (FTD). Let me say, wow! Your response has been overwhelming,” Williams told People.

“The messages shared with me have touched me, reminding me of the power of unity and the need for compassion,” she continued. 

“I hope that others with FTD may benefit from my story. I want to also thank the Association for Frontotemporal Degeneration for their kind words of support and their extraordinary efforts to raise awareness of FTD.”

“I continue to need personal space and peace to thrive. Please just know that your positivity and encouragement are deeply appreciated,” the radio personality divulged.