Williams also expressed her confidence in O'Connell's hosting abilities. “Jerry has been such a good friend to me and to the show," she said in a statement. "We’re happy to welcome him as a guest host while I’m out getting much needed rest. Can’t wait to get back in my purple chair!”
On Feb. 21, the 53-year-old talk show host shared with viewers that her doctor ordered her to take a three-week break from work due to her battle with hyperthyroidism and Graves' disease.