There was a truly scary moment on Tuesday morning’s (Oct. 31) episode of The Wendy Williams Show, when the host, dressed as Lady Liberty, suddenly appeared to get dizzy and faint on camera.
Williams was about to announce the finalists for her syndicated show’s Halloween costume contest when her eyes became wide, her voice wavered and a scared look came over her face as she stumbled and fell backwards. “We do it every year… It’s always a lot of fun,” she began as her words became a bit slurred. “Let’s get started. Our first guest…”
Just moments after she spoke those last words and fell a member of her production was seen rushing over to help Williams in a clip posted by a fan on Twitter.
According to E! News, after a break Williams returned and said, “That was not a stunt. I overheated and did pass out, but I’m a champ and I’m back.” In a statement released a short time later, a spokesperson for Williams confirmed that the host had fainted on air and plans to address the incident on Wednesday’s (Nov. 1) show.
“Ms. Williams fainted on-air this morning,” reads the statement from spokesperson Ronn Torossian. “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.”‘
A shot time later, Williams tweeted out that she got overheated because of the “heavy costume, makeup and lights.”
— Wendy Williams (@WendyWilliams) October 31, 2017
— – (@laceykennedy) October 31, 2017