Grapevine: Wendy Williams has Graves’ Disease

Melody Baetens
The Detroit News

Wendy Williams diagnosed with Graves’ Disease

Wendy Williams announced on her show Wednesday that she’s been diagnosed with Graves’ autoimmune disease. The condition affects the thyroid (she had been aware of her existing thyroid issues). Williams said her doctor said she should take three weeks off from the show to let her medication work. She said she was peeved about having to take time off. “I’ll be back in two. I’m not an heiress. Who is going to pay my bills,” she joked. “Are you serious? I’m just saying, I come from working class.” Williams, who fainted during a live broadcast of her Halloween show last fall, used the incident to encourage women not to delay seeking help. “What I want to say to women, more than men, is stop putting everyone else first, because if we’re not good, they’re not good.” Apparently Williams had canceled a December doctor appointment to have a business meeting instead, and hadn’t rescheduled until Tuesday when she learned of her diagnosis.

Roseanne on reunion: ‘We got to have a Hillary slam’

Like the Roseanne Barr, the character of “Roseanne” will be a voter of President Donald Trump when the show reboots on March 27. In a story published by the Hollywood Reporter, Barr was interviewed along with co-star John Goodman and the show’s executive producer and co-star, Sarah Gilbert. Also joining them were original showrunner Bruce Helford, who is back for the reboot and two new writers, comedians Whitney Cummings and Wanda Sykes. “I thought everybody was pretty liberal,” said Barr of the writer’s room. “So I was keepin’ an eye on it, making sure that it was evenhanded. But the day we went to shoot (the pilot), I got with the writers and I’m like ‘you guys have to have a Hillary slam.’ ’Cause they were all Trump slams.” Gilbert interjected that no politicians are mentioned by name in the show and that “people think this show is more political than it is.” “It’s more about how a family deals with a disagreement like that. But I get it, it creates website clicks.” In spite of her leeriness about rampant liberalism, Barr said the new show’s writers’ room is “the best one I’ve ever been in.” The new season, the show’s 10th, will return for at least nine episodes on NBC starting March 27.

Terry Crews says, ‘I still have to send a check to my molester’

Actor Terry Crews opened up about his lawsuit with Adam Venit, head of the WME agency, who Crews says groped him at an event in 2016. “What’s so strange and crazy is that I’m still paying them,” he said at Esquire’s 2018 Mavericks of Hollywood party, according to Page Six. “I go to work, and I still have to send a check to my molester. This is Hollywood, it is insane.” Crews, whose allegation is under review by the Los Angeles County District Attorney’s office, added that “if I don’t get justice, nobody can.”

Compiled by Melody Baetens

Thursday’s birthdays

Julius Erving, 68

Paul Lieberstein, 51

Thomas Jane, 49

James Blunt, 44

Drew Barrymore, 43