Wendy Williams passes out on live TV

On the live Halloween episode of The Wendy Williams Show, the host gave her audience a real scare. Everything seemed normal until Wendy attempted to introduce her annual costume contest. While trying to say “our first guest,” she ended up saying “our first caress,” before stumbling backward and falling to the ground. The show then cut to a black screen, leaving the audience to wonder what had happened to the host.

After a commercial break, Williams returned and said, “That was not a stunt. I overheated and did pass out, but I’m a champ and I’m back.” At the end of the show, Williams was even able to make a joke at her own expense: “Is that the end of the show? Was I passed out that long?!”

Williams spokesman Ronn Torossian released a statement afterward, confirming that the host had fainted and that she plans to address the incident.

“Ms. Williams fainted on-air this morning. She is dehydrated and is on her way home for a good day and nite 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. She has never missed a day of work and is looking forward on November 13th to her 1500th show.”

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