Wendy Williams has collapsed live on air during her Tuesday morning show.
The 53-year-old TV host was right in the middle of a sentence when she began stuttering, wobbling and having difficulties reading cue cards.
At one point she couldn’t say the word ‘contestant’, saying ‘carest’ instead, when trying to announce competition winners.
Her eyes grew wide and frightened, and her breathing was clearly laboured.
She eventually fainted, falling to the ground as crew members rushed to offer assistance. Producers immediately cut to black, followed by an ad break.
Watch the shocking moment for yourself below:
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When the show finally returned, Wendy gave the following explanation:
That was not a stunt. I overheated in my costume and I passed out. I am a champ, and I am back,
Wendy had been dressed in a glamorous, glittering Statue of Liberty costume -which included sequined leggings and an elaborate headdress. She looked wonderful but unfortunately became overheated.
Determined Wendy pressed on with the final ten minutes of the show, announcing the winners while propping herself up against a podium.
A representative told Fox News veteran presenter Wendy was ‘dehydrated’ and that she was being examined by medical professionals:
She is ok and will continue as shows as planned. She will address this on-air tomorrow,
She has never missed a day of work and is looking forward on November 13th to her 1500th show.
Wendy fans quickly took to Twitter to express their concern and love for the popular TV personality.
One person described the incident as ‘one of the scariest things I’ve ever seen’ whereas another described her as a ‘champion’ for continuing with the show.
Is Wendy Williams okay!? She just passed out in the middle of her show! She looked so scared!! #WendyWilliams
— Karyn (@knotasurprise) October 31, 2017
Wendy Williams fainting while dressed as the Statue of Liberty is the perfect metaphor for 2017.
— Quinn Sutherland (@ReelQuinn) October 31, 2017
Prayers up for the Sister Wendy Williams!
— Queen Latifah (@IAMQUEENLATIFAH) October 31, 2017
Here’s wishing Wendy a full recovery.
Jules studied English Literature with Creative Writing at Lancaster University before earning her masters in International Relations at Leiden University in The Netherlands (Hoi!). She then trained as a journalist through News Associates in Manchester. Jules has previously worked as a mental health blogger, copywriter and freelancer for various publications.