Wendy Williams gave the audience a real Halloween scare during the Tuesday, October 31, episode of The Wendy Williams Show.
During her show, the 53-year-old host, who was dressed as the Statue of Liberty for Halloween, attempted to begin her “How You Doin'” segment by bringing out the Halloween costume winner about 48 minutes into her show.
“We do it every year. It’s always a lot of fun,” she began, as her words started to slur. “Let’s get started. Our first guest…” she said before pausing. She appeared very uneasy and actually scared and then ultimately, fell onto the floor. Producers were seen rushing the stage briefly before the broadcast went to black, then was quickly cut to a commercial.
Following a long break, Williams returned to the stage. “That was not a stunt,” she stated. “I overheated in my costume and I did pass out. But do you know what? I’m a champ and I’m back!”
A spokesperson for the FDNY confirmed to Us Weekly that they responded to a call for a medical episode around 10: 30 a.m. at 221 W 26th Street. She ultimately did bring out the contest winners and the applause continued through the segment. “Thank you very much,” she told the crowd. Before ending the episode, she asked the audience, “Is that the end of the show? Was I passed out that long?!”
In a statement to Us Weekly, Williams’ publicist confirmed that she was “dehydrated and is on her way home for a good day and night of sleep.”
“She has been examined by medical professionals and is well. She is OK and will continue as shows as planned. She will address this on-air tomorrow,” he added. “She has never missed a day of work and is looking forward on November 13th to her 1500th show.”
Williams also tweeted a status update following the show, as well as posted a video on Instagram saying that she’s “home and hydrating,” and confirmed she’ll be back to work tomorrow with an update.
— Wendy Williams (@WendyWilliams) October 31, 2017