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Wendy Williams fainted on live TV, and it was terrifying

October 31, 2017 at 12:02 PM

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TV host Wendy Williams shocked her studio audience and viewers at home after fainting on live TV Oct. 31. (Victoria Walker/TWP)

Wendy Williams’s talk show took a terrifying turn on Tuesday morning when the host fainted on live TV.

Williams, dressed in an elaborate Statue of Liberty costume, started introducing the show’s annual Halloween costume contest toward the end of the hour.

“We do it every year, it’s always a lot of fun — let’s get started,” she said. Then you can see what happens next:

The clip flew around Twitter as startled viewers tried to figure out what happened.

After the sudden commercial break, Williams was back and alert, and still in her costume.

“That was not a stunt,” she told her audience. “I was overheated in my costume, I did pass out. But you know what? I’m a champ, and I’m back.”

The crowd cheered loudly.

Williams proceeded to introduce the contest’s winners, Lily and Pablo, who were dressed as daytime TV sets — and everything proceeded as normal, except for one joke about the incident as the episode wrapped up: “Is that the end of the show? Was I passed out that long?”

After the show aired, William’s spokesman, Ronn Torossian, released a statement:

“Ms. Williams fainted on-air this morning. She is dehydrated and is on her way home for a good day and nite of sleep. She has been examined by medical professionals and is well. 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.”

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Emily Yahr is an entertainment reporter for The Washington Post. She joined The Post in 2008 and has previously written for the Boston Globe, USA Today, the Lexington (Ky.) Herald-Leader and the American Journalism Review.

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