Wendy Williams is crediting Dr. Mehmet Oz with helping save her life following her health scare last month.

“Thank you,” Williams, 53, said to the Dr. Oz Show host as she held back tears on Monday, when she returned to her self-titled daytime talk show after a three-week break. “So Dr. Oz, I had to take three weeks off of work, which was horrible, but needed.” (Jerry O’Connell guest-hosted.)

In February, she announced that she would be taking time off from to focus on her hyperthyroidism and Graves’ disease, an autoimmune disease that affects the thyroid. She was diagnosed with both 19 years ago.

“All 19 years Dr. Oz, everything’s been under control. I drank the radioactive iodine, which was supposed to have taken out the actual thyroid function, I’d replace it every day with a pill. A pill a day for 19 years. Everything was fine, until it wasn’t,” she said.

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