It started out like any other show.
Wendy Williams, daytime TV presenter, was hosting her annual costume contest. In costume herself, she was bedecked in green foil from head to toe while dressed as the Statue of Liberty, in an outfit that included a large headdress.
All went well until it was time to read the winners of the contest. Visibly distressed, she confused her words, then suddenly stopped talking. With a stricken expression on her face, she collapsed to the ground. The live show immediately went to black.
When the show returned to air after an extended commercial break, Williams was smiling and announced that it was unplanned. “I’m overheated in my costume and did pass out. But you know what? I’m a champ and I’m back.”
At the end of the show, she was once again confused, saying “Is that the end of the show? Was I passed out that long?!”
In a statement, her publicist said Wendy was “dehydrated” and had returned home for a “night of sleep.” After stating that a medical examination deemed her fit, they further mentioned that “She is okay and will continue shows as planned… She has never missed a day of work and is looking forward on November 13th to her 1,500th show.”