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Wendy Williams rallies to finish hosting duties after passing out on live TV

The veteran TV host went down hard, but somehow finished.


Ramon Ramirez


Published Oct 31, 2017   Updated May 22, 2021, 12:43 pm CDT

Wendy Williams passed out live on the air on Tuesday. The abrupt fall startled her studio audience, but the veteran TV and radio star returned to form following the commercial break and resumed hosting.

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Williams said she had been overheated, which was a result of her seemingly heavy Statue of Liberty costume. Before passing out, she slurred her speech and began shaking after returning from a Wendy Williams Show commercial break: “How you doing. Halloween costume contest—we do it every year. It’s always a lot of fun, let’s get started. Our first caress [sic]…”

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But the host was able to finish the show without further hindrance following an abrupt commercial break:

“That was not a stunt,” Williams said. “But you know what? I’m a champ, and I’m back.”

The moment immediately began trending on Twitter in the United States, peaking at No. 2.


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Williams’ publicist told the Associated Press that since the show’s taping she’s feeling better, and that she’ll address the incident on tomorrow’s telecast.

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*First Published: Oct 31, 2017, 12:30 pm CDT