Michael Rapaport says he had to pull out as Wendy Williams guest host due to COVID-19

Michael Rapaport will no longer fill in as a guest host on The Wendy Williams Show this week after he tested positive for COVID-19.

On Tuesday, the 51-year-old comedian shared a video to his Instagram page in which he revealed his diagnosis and explained that he would be absent from the Fox talk show. 

‘I have to pull out of doing The Wendy Williams Show the rest of the week because unfortunately, I got damn coronavirus, which I’m disappointed about,’ the Prison Break star said in the clip, in which he was seen wearing a gray t-shirt while sitting on a couch. 

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The latest: Michael Rapaport will no longer fill in as a guest host on The Wendy Williams Show this week after he tested positive for COVID-19

He continued, ‘I’m really, really disappointed for many, many, many reasons. Obviously, I’m fine and I’ll be all right.’ 

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Michael’s wife Kebe Dunn could be heard in the background as she reminded her spouse that he was going to wear his new suit from Adam Ross for his next appearance.

‘I had a new suit from Adam Ross the Suit Boss. I look great, look at me,’ he said waving his hand over his face.

Disappointed: On Tuesday, the 51-year-old comedian shared a video to his Instagram page in which he revealed his diagnosis and explained that he would be absent from the Fox talk show.

The Atypical actor concluded his video with an uplifting message for his fans.

‘I’m going to be fine and I’ll be back at Wendy and if I can beat this, you can beat this, we can all beat this, to quote Rocky in Rocky IV.’

Michael was set to host the show through the end of the week. Fox aired a re-run on Wednesday from December 2, which was guest-hosted by Leah Remini and Michelle Visage.

Re-run: Michael was set to host the show through the end of the week. Fox aired a re-run on Wednesday from December 2, which was guest-hosted by Leah Remini and Michelle Visage. Seen in 2021

Later on Tuesday, the I Am Rapaport Stereo Podcast host shared a Twitter video in which he slammed online critics who ridiculed him for getting COVID-19 despite being vaccinated. 

‘Nobody said if you get vaccinated you won’t catch corona you dumb f****, you,’ he said. ‘You’re so dumb’.

On Wednesday, Michael shared a humorous health update on his update on his Instagram page.

After saying that he ‘slept like a m-effer’ and joking that he got the ‘pussy’ version of coronavirus, Michael said, ‘I’m feeling pretty good. I’m feeling safe. I’m feeling sane. 

Update: On Wednesday, Michael shared a humorous health update on his update on his Instagram page

‘I hope everyone is feeling safe, sane and keep your head on a swivel,’ he concluded. 

Last month, Fox announced that the show would return on January 10 instead of Janary 3. The delay was due to the spread of the highly transmissible spread of the Omicron variant of COVID-19.  

In early December, it was revealed that show would return with new episodes in 2022 but without its beloved host.

In a social media post from the show’s official account, Michael, Fat Joe, Remy Ma, Kym Whitley, Finesse Mitchell and Sherri Shepherd were listed as guest hosts for the start of 2022.

This comes after sources close to production have been intimating that Wendy may never return as host as she continues to battle various medical issues relating to Graves’ disease.

‘The Wendy Williams Show’ Returns with All-New Episodes in the New Year! @fatjoe & @remyma, @michaelrapaport, @kymwhitley & @finessemitchell and @sherrieshepherd are all set to guest host this January,’ read the caption of a social media post.

Absent: In early December, it was revealed that show would return with new episodes in 2022 but without its beloved host. Seen in 2021

The image shared alongside featured images of the aforementioned guest hosts. There was no mention of Wendy herself or any idea of when she might be back.

This crop of guest hosts will take the show through January 28 with February and beyond up in the air.

‘Even if she did come back, she’d be a lame duck because her show isn’t renewed beyond this season,’ a source told Page Six. 

A rotating list of guest hosts have been filling in for the ailing star on her daytime chat series while she battles a host of medical issues.

Season 13 premiered with a panel of guest hosts on October 18, including Devyn Simone, Bevy Smith, Leah Remini, Whitney Cummings, Michael Rapaport, Bill Bellamy, and Jerry Springer.

Health struggles: This comes after sources close to production have been intimating that Wendy may never return as host as she continues to battle various medical issues relating to Graves’ disease

 

 

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