Wendy Williams diagnosed with primary progressive aphasia, dementia


Wendy Williams’s care team has announced that she has been diagnosed with primary progressive aphasia and dementia. Williams was diagnosed with primary progressive aphasia and frontotemporal dementia (FTD) in 2023, the news release said.

A documentary called “Where is Wendy Williams?” is scheduled to be released on Saturday on Lifetime, the “Today” show reported.

Filming had started in 2022 to not only document her career but also a new podcast she had plans to launch but had to pause in 2023 when she went to a treatment facility for “cognitive issues,” People magazine reported.

The press release announcing her condition said, “Over the past few years, questions have been raised at times about Wendy’s ability to process information and many have speculated about Wendy’s condition, particularly when she began to lose words, act erratically at times, and have difficulty understanding financial transactions.”

The team added, “The decision to share this news was difficult and made after careful consideration, not only to advocate for understanding and compassion for Wendy, but to raise awareness about aphasia and frontotemporal dementia and support the thousands of others facing similar circumstances. Unfortunately, many individuals diagnosed with aphasia and frontotemporal dementia face stigma and misunderstanding, particularly when they begin to exhibit behavioral changes but have not yet received a diagnosis.”

Williams had hosted her self-titled talk show “The Wendy Williams Show” from 2008 to 2021, when she stepped down due to Graves’ Disease and lymphedema. The show was eventually canceled, airing the final episode in June 2022, Variety reported.

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