Wendy Williams fainted during Tuesday’s live airing of The Wendy Williams Show.
The talk-show host, who was dressed as the Statue of the Liberty, passed out as she was introducing this year’s costume contest this morning. Midway through her introduction, her voice cracked and her eyes widened as she stumbled backward before suddenly collapsing. The show immediately cut to commercial.
When it returned, Williams, still in costume, was already back on stage and explained that she fainted from overheating. “That was not a stunt,” she said. “I overheated in my costume and I did pass out. But, you know what? I’m a champ and I’m back!”
A spokesperson from The Wendy Williams Show told EW that Williams overheated from her heavy costume, make-up, and the lights; however, she was able to finish the show and will be back tomorrow.
“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,” said Ronn Torossian, spokesperson for Wendy Williams, in a statement to EW. “She has never missed a day of work and is looking forward on November 13th to her 1500th show.”
Watch both the scary incident and Williams’ triumphant return to the stage below:
The Wendy Williams Show airs weekdays. Check your local listings for when it airs in your area.