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Talk show host Wendy Williams diagnosed with aphasia, dementia similar to Bruce Willis' condition

Williams is "still able to do many things for herself," her spokesperson said.

Published: February 22, 2024 12:03pm

Updated: February 22, 2024 12:12pm

Talk show host Wendy Williams was diagnosed with primary progressive aphasia and frontotemporal dementia, her spokesperson said Thursday.

The family of Bruce Willis similarly revealed last year that the "Die Hard" actor was diagnosed with aphasia that progressed to frontotemporal dementia.

Williams hosted "The Wendy Williams Show" from 2008-2021 before she stepped down due to medical issues.

"Over the past few years, questions have been raised at times about Wendy's ability to process information and many have speculated about Wendy's condition, particularly when she began to lose words, act erratically at times, and have difficulty understanding financial transactions," Williams' spokesperson said. 

After undergoing a series of tests, Williams was diagnosed with aphasia, which affects her communication abilities, and dementia, which impacts her cognitive functions and behavior.

Williams is "still able to do many things for herself" and "maintains her trademark sense of humor," per her representative.

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