By Ken Tucker
Updated April 14, 2009 at 06:39 PM EDT

Does Glenn Beck talk so fast, he uses up all the oxygen in the room? One has to wonder, given yesterday’s startling moment when a guest passed out during the live Fox News show. It was Columbia University teacher David Buckner, who was talking to Beck about the causes of bankruptcy:

Normally this wouldn’t merit a chuckle, but… that’s exactly what Beck did after a few commercial breaks. Laughing a bit, he noted that no one on his staff immediately rushed over to Buckner because “it’s a madhouse here, and… everybody just thought it was part of the show.”

Beck said Buckner was “doing fine” and had apologized to Beck, who then said, “Are you kidding me? The ratings will go through the roof!”