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Wendy Williams fainted on live TV in her Halloween costume



Wendy Williams on Tuesday fainted during a live broadcast of her self-titled talk show celebrating Halloween.

Williams, 53, was dressed as the Statue of Liberty during the incident, which occurred as she began a costume contest segment for the holiday.

Video of the incident shows Williams struggling to speak as she introduces the event, only to stumble back and then drop unconscious.

“That was not a stunt,” she said after recovering. “I’m overheated in my costume and I did pass out.”

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“But you know what, I’m a champ, and I’m back,” Williams added to audience cheers.

“Is that the end of the show?” she asked as the segment closed. “Was I passed out for that long?”

People on Tuesday reported that Williams’ costume was designed by Ceasar Galindo and included a green wig, a sparkling crown, matching heels and a long-sleeve sequin dress.

Williams made it through roughly 48 minutes of Tuesday’s broadcast – completing three segments along the way – before passing out.

The show’s cameras cut to commercials for nearly 6 minutes while its crew helped Williams return on-air.

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“Wendy is feeling much better,” a representative told People after the event. “She overheated because of her heavy costume, makeup, and lights.”

“She was able to finish the show in true Wendy spirit,” they added. “She will address the incident on tomorrow’s show.”

Williams criticized Halloween earlier in Tuesday’s broadcast before fainting during the costume contest.

“This is so not my holiday, I am doing this under duress,” she said. “All kinds of freaks and weirdos walking around.”

“There’s nothing worse than adults in costumes,” added Williams, whose broadcast airs weekdays in syndication.

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