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'I’m still wearing my ring': Wendy Williams returns to talk show, addresses health, marriage
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'I’m still wearing my ring': Wendy Williams returns to talk show, addresses health, marriage

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'I’m still wearing my ring': Wendy Williams returns to talk show, addresses health, marriage

After being away from her talk show for about two months, Wendy Williams made her return.

Dressed in a black shirt and ankle-length skirt, the 54-year-old made sure her wedding ring was on display as she addressed speculation about her health and marriage.

Us Weekly reported Williams attributed her absence to ongoing efforts to get her thyroid medicine balanced, as well as balancing her Graves’ disease. Both contributed to Williams’ fainting on air and appearing to struggle standing and speaking on her show late last year.

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“Honestly, I didn’t know what to expect when I hit the block today,” Williams said. “What had happened was we were only supposed to be off two weeks for Christmas vacation. At the end of those weeks, I started to feel thyroid-ish. They adjusted my meds. If you don’t know about thyroid disease, it’s a lifelong thing and they are always adjusting stuff. It can really screw you over.”

People reported Williams said she exercised while she was out, maintaining her figure.

“I’m at home and I’m taking my thyroid meds and I’m meditating,” she said. “I’m going to the gym seven days a week for two hours a day. Believe me you. I don’t know how this outfit is reading on TV, but mother has not gained a pound.”

Halfway through the show, Williams addressed the status of her marriage, but did so on her terms.

“I want to shout-out to my husband. I’m still wearing my ring,” she said. “Believe me you, when you’ve been with somebody for 28 years, married for 25 years … we know each other. He’s my best friend, he’s my lover. … I know what you’ve been seeing .. but hunty, let me show you who I fell in love with and who he fell in love with.”

Williams then displayed a photo of herself and her husband, Kevin Hunter, from the time they started dating.

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Wendy Williams returned to her talk show March 4 after a two-month absence.
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'I’m still wearing my ring': Wendy Williams returns to talk show, addresses health, marriage

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Wendy Williams returned to her talk show March 4 after a two-month absence.

What viewers have been seeing included tabloid reports that her husband, Kevin Hunter, is living separately from Williams in a house with a mistress, who is pregnant with his child.

“I’m still very much in love with my husband and anyone who’s been married, you know.”

“Marriages have ebbs and flows, marriage isn’t easy. And don’t ask me about mine until you see this gone,” she said, pointing to her wedding ring. “And it ain’t going anywhere, not in this lifetime.”

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  • The family of a black woman who was shot and killed by a police officer while watching her 8-year-old nephew in her own home over the weekend has called for an independent investigation into the shooting. >> Read more trending news  Fort Worth police Lt. Brandon O'Neil told reporters Sunday that the officer involved, who was not identified, failed to announce himself as a police officer before he fired the single shot that struck and killed Atatiana Jefferson, 28. The shooting happened around 2:25 a.m. Saturday after a neighbor called a non-emergency line to report her home's front door had been left open. Update 2:25 p.m. EDT Oct. 14: Police said an officer who shot and killed a Texas woman Saturday morning in her own home resigned Monday before he could be fired from the Fort Worth Police Department. Police Chief Ed Kraus said Officer Aaron Dean joined the department in August 2017 and was commissioned as a police officer in April 2018. Police placed him on detached duty after the shooting and stripped him of his badge and firearm. Kraus said Dean resigned before he could cooperate with investigators. '(Atatiana's) father called this shooting senseless and I've certainly not been able to make sense of why she had to lose her life,' Kraus said. The chief said the case is subject to an internal and a criminal investigation. He added that authorities have presented the case to the FBI because of possible civil rights violations. Officers also presented the case to Texas Rangers. Kraus and Fort Worth Mayor Betsy Price apologized to the community for the shooting. 'We are all heart-broken today,' Price said. 'Atatiana was a beautiful, smart, amazing young woman by all accounts who was unjustly taken from her family.' Update 12:10 p.m. EDT Oct. 14: The family of Atatiana Jefferson held a news conference Monday, days after the 28-year-old was shot and killed in her home by a Fort Worth police officer. Relatives said an agency other than the Fort Worth Police Department should investigate Jefferson's death. One of her sisters, Ashley Carr, described her as 'a smart, ambitious, kind person with a nurturing spirit.' Carr said her sister had a bachelor's degree in biology from Xavier University and that her coworkers saw her as a person of integrity. Original report: A Fort Worth police officer did not announce that he was an officer before firing a single shot striking Atatiana Jefferson, who was inside the room with the boy, Fort Worth police Lt. Brandon O’Neil said at a news conference Sunday.  “What the officer observed and why he did not announce ‘police’ will be addressed as the investigation continues,” O’Neil said in a statement. “The members of the Fort Worth Police Department share your very real and valid concerns, as do the members of this city and people across the country. This tragic loss of life has major ramifications for all involved, especially the family of Ms. Atatiana Jefferson.” O’Neil declined to answer reporters’ questions and said Fort Worth police Chief Ed Kraus plans to conduct a more in-depth news conference Monday. The family also confirmed Jefferson was watching her nephew at the time. The two typically lived with an older woman who’s been in the hospital. Jefferson’s family is seeking answers. “It’s another one of those situations where the people that are supposed to protect us are actually not here to protect us,” said Jefferson’s sister, Amber Carr. “You know, you want to see justice, but justice don’t bring my sister back.” Lee Merritt, an attorney for the family, said the officer never had time to perceive a threat.  “You didn’t hear the officer shout, ‘Gun, gun, gun,’” Merritt said. “He didn’t have time to perceive a threat. That’s murder.” Neighbor James Smith called a nonemergency line Saturday for a welfare check after noticing the lights were on and a door was open. Fort Worth police released bodycam footage soon after the incident Saturday.  Video shows officers with flashlights and guns drawn scanning the perimeter of the home. The front door appears to be open although the screen door is closed. As officers continue to walk through the property, one of them sees a person standing at a dark window and yells: “Put your hands up. Show me your hands,” before firing a single shot.  Police located a gun in a bedroom when they entered the house. Investigators did not indicate if Jefferson was holding the firearm. The officer, who has not been identified, has been placed on administrative leave. He has been with the department since April 2018. He is scheduled to be interviewed by investigators Monday.  The shooting comes less than two weeks after a white former Dallas police officer was sentenced to 10 years in prison after being convicted of murder in the fatal shooting of her black neighbor inside his own apartment. Amber Guyger, 31, said during her trial that mistook Botham Jean’s apartment for her own, which was one floor below Jean’s. Merritt also represents Jean’s family. The Associated Press contributed to this report.