“I always say I love you for watching ‘cause I really, really do. I come here every day and I try to do the best that I can for you,” Williams, 56, said during her show on Monday. “I appreciate you watching, but even after all of these years, it’s still work. An effort put in for the hour I’m out here, you know? I guess every day is not perfect, but I’m not a perfectionist. I’m not perfect.”
She continued, “I do appreciate you putting in the effort to watch us, and I love entertaining you. You know? It’s not easy. It is not easy, you’re a tough crowd.”
Williams didn’t provide a specific reason for her erratic behavior on Friday’s show, where she took long pauses, slurred her words and mispronounced people’s names. Boof, who was replaced by DJ Suss One, claimed afterward that “The Wendy Williams Show” staffers are too “afraid to speak up” because they fear getting fired.
“…this is going to play out bad,” he wrote on Instagram. “I feel sorry for the workers and victims.”
Williams also has been open about her battle with Graves’ disease, which can cause cognitive impairment.