Cape Town – In a shocking scene on live television, the American talk show host Wendy Williams (53) in her Statue of Liberty Halloween costume fainted and fell on the set of The Wendy Williams Show.
The shocked studio audience didn't know how to react as some started screaming when Williams, looked dazed and confused, slurred words and struggled to speak, after which she collapsed on set.
For the latest episode, that South African viewers will be able to see on BET (DStv 129) on Wednesday, Williams was dressed in a Statue of Liberty costume, designed by Ceasar Galindo,complete with a green wig, a sparkly gown, green copper heels and a sequined dress.
In past years Williams always said she hated to dress up for Halloween and doesn't like the American holiday.
At the beginning of a new segment about 48 minutes through the hour long episode, Williams started to look unsure on her feet, wobbled and didn't seem to know what to say as she stood behind a plastic podium and was ready for the "How You Doin’ Halloween Costume Contest" segment.
"We do it every year. It's always a lot of fun. Let's get started. Our first caress…."
That's when Williams, slurring her words, got a dazed look in the eyes, before stepping back and collapsing as production crew were seen rushing to her aid and audience members scream.
After another abrupt break Wendy said "That was not a stunt. I overheated and did pass out, but I'm a champ and I'm back."
In a statement the producers say, “Wendy is feeling much better. She overheated because of her heavy costume, makeup, and lights. She was able to finish the show in true Wendy spirit. She will address the incident on tomorrow’s show.”
Here is the scary live TV moment: