Wendy Williams announces three-week hiatus after revealing she has Graves' Disease and thyroid issues 

Ilya S. Savenok/Getty Images for Wilhelmina Models(NEW YORK) -- Wendy Williams is taking an extended break.

On the Wendy Williams Show on Wednesday, the daytime host announced she was taking three weeks off starting Thursday to deal with complications from hyperthyroidism and Graves’ disease.

"My doctor has prescribed ... are you ready? As of today, three weeks of vacation," she told the audience. "What? Who are you? I was p***ed."

During the show, Wendy described some of the symptoms of her illness.

"I have been telling you for awhile. I wake up, I can't sleep. Then I told you I take the melatonin," she explained. "Well, difficulty swallowing. Rapid heart beat, yes. Yes. And intolerance for heat."

In a statement to ABC News, a show rep says Williams must follow doctor's orders.

“Wendy is a true champion and has never missed a day of work. But her health and well-being must be put before all else. Wendy has been openly dealing with her Graves’ disease for many years in addition to hyperthyroidism," the statement reads.

"Yesterday, Wendy’s doctor prescribed a necessary three weeks of rest to get her levels and medication in sync. The show will be in repeats during this unplanned hiatus. A live show was produced today so that Wendy could speak directly to her fans and explain her condition.”

However, according to Wendy, she may try to work around that.

"Even though I have been off for one week. I'm gonna fix that. I'll be back in two," she said. "I'm not an heiress. Who's gonna pay my bills? Are you serious? I'm just saying. I come from working class. Work, work, work, that's all I do is work, work, work. But for the next few, I won't be."

The time off follows Wendy’s recent on-air health scares. Last week, she cancelled shows due to "flu-like symptoms" and she fainted on-air during her Halloween episode in 2017.

Copyright © 2018, ABC Radio. All rights reserved.


Ryan Coogler pens emotional "thank you" letter after "Black Panther" box office success

Marvel Studios(LOS ANGELES) -- After the record-breaking weekend of his Marvel film Black Panther, Ryan Coogler is sharing his heartfelt sentiments on the film's accomplishments, explaining that he's been "moved to tears" by the outpouring of support.

In the letter, posted on the Marvel Studios Twitter page, Coogler starts off by thanking those involved with the film.

"I am struggling to find the words to express my gratitude at this moment, but I will try," he begins. "Filmmaking is a team sport. And our team was made up [of] amazing people from all over the world who believe in this story. Deep down, we all hoped that people would come to see a film about a fictional country on the continent of Africa, made up of a cast of people of African descent."

He continues, "Never in a million years did we imagine that you all would come out this see people of all backgrounds wearing clothing that celebrates their heritage, taking pictures next to our posters with their friends and family, and sometimes dancing in the lobbies of theaters often moved me and my wife to tears."

Coogler, who both directed and co-wrote the film, then offers some specific thanks.

"For the people who bought out theaters, who posted on social about how lit the film would be, bragged about our awesome cast, picked out outfits to wear, and who stood in line in theaters all over the world– all before seeing the film…thank you."

Then, after thanking the movie critics and kids who've also supported the film, Coogler concludes, "Thank you for giving our team of filmmakers the greatest gift: The opportunity to share this film, that we poured our hearts and souls into, with you."

He signs off, "Sincerely, Ryan Coogler... P.S. Wakanda Forever."

Copyright © 2018, ABC Radio. All rights reserved.


Source: Jennifer Aniston and Justin Theroux had "intense issues" prior to split 

Photo by Alessio Botticelli/GC Images(LOS ANGELES) -- Jennifer Aniston and her estranged husband Justin Theroux were dealing with "intense issues" prior to their separation announcement, a source tells E! Online.

The insider claims the couple, who announced in a joined statement issued last Thursday that they were splitting after less than three years of marriage, had been separated for a couple of months, but had been having problems for the better part of a year.

The source blames their bicoastal lifestyle for the split, insisting Jen "really tried to make it work with him, but the distance was a factor as he only wanted to live in NYC and there was no compromise with her."

As for how Jen's been holding up since the announcement, another source tells the entertainment news website she's been up and down.

"Jen was doing OK for a few weeks after Justin left, and then things got stirred up again when the announcement was made to the media," says the source," adding that Aniston, 49, is "adjusting to living by herself and not having Justin around."

"She is used to the empty house since it's been months now without him, the source continues, "but it's still an uneasy feeling for her. She knows in due time she will feel tremendously better, but is really going through the motions right now."

The source tells E! that Aniston's been leaning on her former Friends co-star Courteney Cox, who's been "by her side through it all."

As for a possible reunion with her ex Brad Pitt, who himself separated from wife Angelina Jolie in September, 2016, Aniston says "that chapter is sealed and so far in the past," according to the insider. Aniston and Pitt divorced in 2005 after five years of marriage.

Copyright © 2018, ABC Radio. All rights reserved.


Jennifer Lawrence calls “revealing dress in the cold” controversy “utterly ridiculous”

ABC/Randy Holmes(LONDON) -- A photo of Jennifer Lawrence wearing a revealing black dress outside -- while surrounded by her bundled-up male co-stars -- at a Red Sparrow photocall in London is being labeled as "sexist" by fans online. But J.Law doesn’t see it that way.

The actress posted a message on Facebook in response to the “controversy.”

“This is not only utterly ridiculous, I am extremely offended,” she writes. “That Versace dress was fabulous, you think I'm going to cover that gorgeous dress up with a coat and a scarf? I was outside for 5 minutes. I would have stood in the snow for that dress because I love fashion and that was my choice.”

She continues, “This is sexist, this is ridiculous, this is not feminism. Over-reacting about everything someone says or does, creating controversy over silly innocuous things such as what I choose to wear or not wear, is not moving us forward.”

Lawrence adds that it’s only creating “silly distractions” from real issues.

“Get a grip people,” she concludes. “Everything you see me wear is my choice. And if I want to be cold THATS MY CHOICE TOO!”

Copyright © 2018, ABC Radio. All rights reserved.


"Last Jedi" stars, Wonder Woman herself, and "Hamilton" creator among newly announced Oscar presenters

ABC(LOS ANGELES) -- Stars of Star Wars: The Last Jedi, the lead of Wonder Woman, the creator of Hamilton and an acting legend are among the newly announced presenters for the 90th annual Academy Awards, airing March 4 on ABC.

Mark Hamill, Oscar Isaac, and Kelly Marie Tran, all of whom appeared in Star Wars: The Last Jedi, will present, as will Wonder Woman star Gal Gadot and Lin-Manuel Miranda of Hamilton fame. 

In addition, Call Me By Your Name star Armie Hammer, The Greatest Showman actress Zendaya, and Jane the Virgin star Gina Rodriguez -- who lent her voice to the nominated animated film Ferdinand -- will take the stage.

The legendary Eva Marie Saint, who won an Oscar for her role in the 1954 classic On the Waterfront, will also present an award.

Previously announced presenters include Tiffany Haddish, last year's Moonlight Oscar winner Mahershala Ali, Viola Davis, Laura Dern, Margo Robbie, Jennifer Garner, Chadwick Boseman, Emma Stone, Tom Holland, and Kumail Nanjiani.

Jimmy Kimmel hosts the 90th annual Academy Awards, airing live from the Dolby Theater at Hollywood & Highland Center on Sunday, March 4, starting at 8 p.m. ET.

Copyright © 2018, ABC Radio. All rights reserved.


Ashton Kutcher reveals new details of Demi Moore divorce

ABC/Randy Holmes(LOS ANGELES) -- Ashton Kutcher ended his seven-year marriage to Demi Moore in 2012, but he spilled new details about the divorce on a recent episode of Dax Shepard's Armchair Expert podcast.

“Right after I got divorced, I went to the mountains for a week by myself,” Kutcher reveals in the interview. “I did no food, no drink -- just water and tea. I took all my computers away, my phone, my everything. I was there by myself, so there was no talking. I just had a notepad, a pen and water and tea -- for a week.”

Kutcher, now 40, said he also practiced tai chi, to help combat the the hallucinations he experiencing during his seven-day cleanse in Big Sky, Montana.

In a move he compares to an Alcoholics Anonymous exercise, Ashton says he wrote letters to every person with whom he’d ever been in a relationship, explaining, "I had where I felt like there was some grudge or some anything, regret, anything. And I wrote letters to every single person, and on day seven, I typed them all out and then sent them.”

Kutcher calls the trip “really spiritual and kind of awesome,” adding it “[cleared] his palette.”

Kutcher is now married to his former That 70s Show co-star Mila Kunis. The two tied the know in 2015 and have two children together: three-year-old daughter Wyatt Isabelle and one-year-old son, Dimitri Portwood.

Copyright © 2018, ABC Radio. All rights reserved.


Oprah Winfrey, Steven Spielberg, Jerry Katzenberg match George and Amal Clooney's donation to Parkland students’ anti-gun demonstration

Disney(LOS ANGELES) -- Oprah Winfrey, Steven Spielberg and wife Kate Capshaw, and Jeffrey and Marilyn Katzenberg have joined George and Amal Clooney in each pledging to donate $500,000 to the Our Lives anti-gun demonstration planned by victims of last week's shooting at a high school in Parkland, Florida that left 17 students dead.

“Amal and I are so inspired by the courage and eloquence of these young men and women from Stoneman Douglas High School,” Clooney said in a statement Tuesday morning. “Our family will be there on March 24 to stand side by side with this incredible generation of young people from all over the country, and in the name of our children Ella and Alexander, we’re donating $500,000 to help pay for this groundbreaking event. Our children’s lives depend on it.”

"George and Amal, I couldn’t agree with you more, Oprah later tweeted. "I am joining forces with you and will match your $500,000 donation to ‘March For Our Lives.’"

“The young students in Florida and now across the country are already demonstrating their leadership with a confidence and maturity that belies their ages,” Spielberg said in a statement obtained by Variety. “Kate and I applaud their efforts to take a stand for the benefit of this and future generations.”

Katzenberg, speaking on behalf of himself and his wife, said “Marilyn and I are proud to stand with the brave young leaders from Parkland, Florida, who have taken their pain and grief and turned it into action.”

The Katzenbergs will also join the Clooneys at the Washington, D.C. march.

Nikolas Cruz, 19, has been charged with 17 counts of premeditated murder in the Valentine's Day massacre. The FBI has admitted it didn't follow proper protocols in following up on tips from concerned citizens about the alleged shooter, prior to the shooting.

Copyright © 2018, ABC Radio. All rights reserved.


Stephen Colbert and James Corden return to the air, address Florida school shootings

Cindy Ord/Getty Images for SHOWTIME(NEW YORK) -- Both The Late Show with Stephen Colbert and The Late Late Show with James Corden were off last week when Nikolas Cruz killed 17 people at the Marjory Stoneman Douglas High School in Parkland, Florida on Valentine's Day. Both hosts took time to address the shootings Tuesday night during their first shows back since then.

Stephen Colbert solemnly addressed his audience by saying that he was “sickened and heartbroken” by the massacre, and the inaction of GOP leaders on gun control. He singled out Marco Rubio, comparing the Florida Republican senator to a house plant. Rubio, who's largely against gun control, had said, “if someone has decided ‘I’m going to commit this crime’ they’re going to find a way to do it.” To which Colbert questioned, “If laws are useless, then why do we need you? It seems like a houseplant would do a better job, and need a little less water.”

Colbert also called the students of Parkland “inspiring,” declaring "The adults aren’t cutting it anymore,” and suggesting that the U.S. change the voting laws to prohibit anyone over the age of 18 from filling out a ballot until something is done about guns.

James Corden began his comments by addressing critics who suggested that foreign-born talk show hosts shouldn’t comment on mass shootings in America, pointing out that he has children who are American and they attend school in America. Like Colbert, he also suggested that people listen to the kids in this country, the survivors and kids who don’t want to fear for their lives while they’re at school. Corden ended by noting the student-organized and led March for our Lives gun protest rally that will take place on March 24 in Washington, D.C.

The Late Show with Stephen Colbert airs weeknights at 11:30 on CBS, followed by The Late Late Show with James Corden.


Copyright © 2018, ABC Radio. All rights reserved.


Netflix releases the "franchise trailer" for "Jessica Jones'" sophomore season: "I'll start at the beginning"

Myles Aronowitz/Netflix(LOS ANGELES) -- In anticipation of the highly-awaited second season of its acclaimed Marvel series, Netflix on Tuesday released the franchise trailer for Marvel’s Jessica Jones

Kicking off with a scene in an anger management group session, the new trailer is meant to catch up fans with events of season one by flashing back to the events that helped shape Krysten Ritter's hard-drinking, hard-hitting, reluctant super hero. 

"I'll start at the beginning. My whole family was killed in a car accident," Jones tells the other patients. "Someone did horrific experiments on me.  I was abducted, raped and forced to kill someone."

Then, when Jones is asked how anger management is going, she quips, "Still angry!"

We then cut to a montage of Jones working as a private eye. "Some people call me a hero," she says. "Some people call me a freak. I didn't ask for this. I'm just trying to make a god***n living."

Marvel’s Jessica Jones returns for a second season on International Women’s Day, March 8, 2018 on Netflix.

Marvel is owned by Disney, the parent company of ABC News.

Copyright © 2018, ABC Radio. All rights reserved.


Honoring a king: Lupita Nyong'o salutes Chadwick Boseman's "Rolling Stone" cover

Marvel Studios(LOS ANGELES) -- Lupita Nyong'o is honoring her Black Panther co-star Chadwick Boseman's Rolling Stone cover with her own spot-on recreation of it.

In an Instagram post on Monday, Nyong'o posted an image that showed Chadwick's photo side-by-side with her own. In the photo, just like Chadwick, Lupita is also bare-chested and wearing a fur-lined jacket.

“Imitation is the best form of flattery: @chadwickboseman I admire your quiet, confident, regal nature. You brought the wealth of all your knowledge, wisdom and physicality to T’Challa,” she wrote, captioning the photo.

Nyong'o continued, "You led us into the land of Wakanda without ego, without pretense, without fear. We reap the benefits now squarely because of your courage, your fierce dedication, your intense passion, and your grueling workout regimen. And I will never get enough of the way you say the word "'because.'" 

She then added, "We celebrate BREAKING BOX OFFICE RECORDS with @blackpanther for many reasons, but chief among them is because we had you as our king. Enkosi Kumkani [Thanks, King]!! And congratulations on your @rollingstone cover. From someone who loves you. #CoverCosplay."

Boseman channeled King T'Challa for his Rolling Stone cover, which was photographed by Norman Jean Roy, while Nyong’o took inspiration from her character, Nakia, for the striking remix, photographed by Vernon François.

Since its release, Black Panther has already racked up some impressive numbers: It's grossed over $400 million worldwide and $201.8 million during the Friday-Sunday weekend.

Black Panther, directed by Ryan Coogler and starring Chadwick Boseman, Michael B. Jordan, and Nyong'o, is in theaters now from Marvel Studios and from Disney, parent company of ABC News.

Copyright © 2018, ABC Radio. All rights reserved.

ABC News Radio