Kate McCann back on air after fainting during Tory leadership debate

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TalkTV Political Editor Kate McCann (Dominic Lipinski/PA) (PA Wire)
TalkTV Political Editor Kate McCann (Dominic Lipinski/PA) (PA Wire)

TV journalist Kate McCann has said she is a “little bit bruised” but “totally fine” after fainting while hosting a debate between Liz Truss and Rishi Sunak.

The showdown between the two Tory leadership contenders was brought to a dramatic halt when she fainted off-camera while Ms Truss was speaking.

The Foreign Secretary’s horrified look and a loud crash were the signal that something had gone wrong during Tuesday’s debate.

Back on air on Wednesday evening, Ms McCann said she was feeling “a little embarrassed, a little bit bruised, but glad to be back and totally fine”.

She added: “Not necessarily what any of us expected to happen last night, I don’t think, and yeah, it was one of those moments that I think no one can really prepare for.

“I think Liz Truss and Rishi Sunak were pretty shocked by it.”

Earlier, she tweeted: “Well that wasn’t how last night was supposed to end.

“Thanks everyone for the lovely messages, I’m fine now, and apologies to @trussliz and @RishiSunak for cutting the debate short.”

The TalkTV journalist was moderating Tuesday’s debate on her own after her scheduled co-host, Sun political editor Harry Cole, tested positive for Covid-19.

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