Wendy Williams’ Halloween was scary for all the wrong reasons.
“The Wendy Williams Show” host made headlines when she fainted on live TV, and has since assured her fans that it was not a joke or a stunt.
On Tuesday, Williams, who was dressed as Lady Liberty, was discussing her Halloween contest when she passed out. All of a sudden, she was unable to finish her sentence and her eyes started widening. She moved away, became unsteady on her feet and passed out. A producer immediately rushed to her side and the broadcast cut to black. Watch.
This Is Why Wendy Williams Is The Queen Of This TV Hosting Thing.. pic.twitter.com/7mIIgZTmIw— ZALI B* (@HimThird) October 31, 2017
Today, she addressed the incident head-on, “First of all, I was trending all day — fabulous… But a lot of people thought that was a joke. No, that was a not a joke. I don’t want to fall. I’m a tall woman, and it’s a long way down. I’m also a woman of a particular age, and I’m not trying to break anything. Also, I don’t do stunts and jokes for you like that. I don’t need that.”
Wendy, 53, said she started to feel “hot and a little dizzy,” but thought she could make it until the end of the episode, especially with a plexiglass podium to hang on to. There were only 12 minutes left.
When the show returned from a commercial break, Williams said she didn’t hear anything her producers were saying. “It was scary. It was really scary. It was so scary, all I could think of in the middle of the scare was, ‘Don’t pull the podium over on you, because that’ll make it worse.’”
The TV personality tried to make the fall “as cute as I could make it.”
She explained, “They told me that I went down on my booty first, rolled onto my back, then, boom — on my head. I have no headache, no lump on my head. At 53 years old, no aching in my body. I am shocked.”
Wendy, whose husband Kevin Hunter helped her during the incident, insisted on immediately returning to the show.
Afterward, however, she did meet with EMTs who told her she was low on electrolytes.
Williams went on to say, “My blood pressure was fine, my heart rate was fine, everything was fine. I’m a 53-year-old, middle-aged woman going through what middle-aged women go through, if you know what I mean. The costume got hot. Right before passing out, I felt like I was in the middle of a campfire.”