Wendy Williams fainted towards the end of her Halloween special on Tuesday.The popular host, dressed as the Statue of Liberty, was speaking on stage when she suddenly began to wobble and stagger backwards before dropping to floor.The show then went to black.After a lengthy commercial break, the episode returned to show the audience clapping enthusiastically, but gave no look at stage or Williams before again going to commercial break.’That was not a stunt. I overheated in my costume and I passed out. I am a champ, and I am back,’ said Williams a few minutes later when show returned.She propped herself up on a clear podium and still appeared to be struggling to speak as she announced the winners of costume contest.Moments after the incident an ambulance arrived on scene and a wheelchair was taken out of the emergency vehicle for the host.An Escalade arrived a short time after and was ushered into garage by Williams’ security team, leaving soon after with Williams smiling in the backseat and waving as she drove off from studio with her husband Kevin Hunter by her side.
The episode happened right as Williams was returning from break and preparing to announce winners, with the host seeming out of breath and a bit dazed as she began to speak.She then could be seen visibly struggling to read the cue cards just seconds in, and said ‘carest’ instead of contestant before her eyes widened and she began to fall back from podium she was leaning on for support.Williams took four steps backwards and a look of fear and shock could be seen on her face before she dropped completely out of view.Her breathing was belabored and her hands were shaking at the time.It is still unclear what caused the episode beyond Williams’ claim that she had overheated in her costume.
Multiple crew members could be seen rushing towards Williams before screen went to black.Crew members were also seen outside the studio waiting for ambulance when it pulled up to the studio moments after the incident.The responders quickly unloaded a kit and wheelchair before making their way inside.A spokesperson for Williams told on Tuesday afternoon that all was well with the host, and more details would be shared on Wednesday’s episode of her daytime ta;lk show.Williams ‘is dehydrated and is on her way home for a good day and night of sleep’ told Ronn Torrisan.He also stated that Williams had been examined by medical professionals at her studio, but did not provide any additional details about that beyond saying that she ‘is well.’Torrisan closed out his statement by noting ‘She has never missed a day of work and is looking forward on November 13th to her 1500th show.’Some have taken to social media to question if the entire incident was a stunt, though video seems to dispute that notion.It did occur however during Sweeps Week, the quad-annual time when adjusted viewer numbers are determined for programs and new advertising rates set according to ratings.Williams already pulls in some incredibly impressive numbers thanks to the fact that almost all of her audience falls within key demo of viewers aged 25 to 54.