SHERRI Shepard has undergone emergency surgery for appendicitis as Michael Rapaport has been asked to fill in as host of the Wendy Williams Show.
The television personality was scheduled to appear as host for the talk show this week as ailing star Wendy Williams has still not announced her return.
Sherri, 54, was rushed into emergency surgery on Sunday after doctors discovered an urgent case of appendicitis.
Her publicist told Deadline: “Due to appendicitis, Sherri Shepherd underwent an emergency surgery yesterday.
"The procedure was successful and Ms. Shepherd is doing fine and resting,” they told the outlet.
“She is absolutely devastated that she will not be able to guest host The Wendy Williams Show today, but she is following doctors orders and expected to make a full recovery.
"Thank you all for understanding and respecting her privacy," they closed.
A representative from The Wendy Williams Show revealed that Michael Rapaport will be filling in for the talk show host, though Sherri hopes she will be able to return to her role later in the week.
WAITING FOR WENDY?
The View alum has been one of many celebrities chosen to fill in for the show's star Wendy Williams, 57, as she continues to battle health complications related to her Graves Disease.
Earlier this month, the network announced another slew of guest hosts to be taking the stage, despite rumors that Sherri could be staying for good.
Well-known names such as Fat Joe and Remy Ma, Michael Rapaport, Kym Whitley, and Finesse Mitchell, each have slots on the schedule for January.
The show's executive producer David Perler addressed the decision in a press release: “We’re looking forward to producing new and exciting shows in 2022 and we can’t wait to return in the new year with all of our guest hosts.
“Each of the outstanding guest hosts brings a unique and distinctive style to the successful ‘Wendy' format with their individual personalities while also making sure that Wendy’s show remains consistent for the loyal Wendy watchers.”
SHERRI TO STAY
The news comes after sources claimed that fan-favorite Sherri was "officially taking over" for the New Jersey native.
While RadarOnline reported Wendy’s production company is looking for a replacement host, a source added to The Sun that the job is “Sherri’s to lose. She is the number one choice.”
Leah Remini guest-hosted for two weeks, followed by Sherri-and the show insider called these stretches "auditions."
The source continued: “The deal will be done in the next few weeks and announced in January.
"Sherri is the frontrunner, and staff think it's all but a done deal with her."
While the show's Instagram has released several explanations as to why the TV personality hasn’t returned, reports began to circulate that she has been suffering from the effects of early-onset dementia.
However, Wendy's younger brother Tommy, 54, exclusively told The Sun that his famous sister has not been “displaying that type of behavior" to the family.
He said: “We haven't had any alerts like that and I haven't seen anything like that or have had conversations with her that would lead me to believe that.
“We routinely go up and check on Wendy even though we're all down here in Florida.
“I try to make it up there and my dad speaks with Wendy frequently.
"So no, we don't have any concerns concerning her mental state. It’s all physical."
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