Talk Show Host Wendy Williams Faints On-Air [VIDEO]

The New York Daily News reports:

Wendy Williams passed out during the Halloween episode of her talk show on Tuesday morning. The 53-year-old host was dressed in costume as the Statue of Liberty and as she was speaking to the audience her speech started slowing down and she stumbled before falling to the ground.

Video shows members of her staff running to her aid. After a commercial break, she told the audience: “That was not a stunt. I overheated in my costume. I passed out. I’m a champ and I’m back.” The FDNY responded to a call for a medical episode around 10:30 a.m. at 221 W. 26th St, which is the address of her studio.

Many of Williams’ fans are expressing concern on social media that the episode may have been a stroke.

  • Sam_Handwitch

    um, so why didn’t she remove the costume during the break?

    • Boreal

      I blame Obama.

    • Lazycrockett

      Right!!! Take off the damn hat.

  • Do Something Nice

    I’ve never understood the appeal of her or her show, but I hope she is OK.

  • Lazycrockett
  • Tulle Christensen

    If you have ever been on stage in a TV studio you would know the lights are murder

  • Tawreos

    Costumes and hot lights are not a good combination.

    • Librarykid

      Nor was the green makeup and Margaret Hamilton’s skin.

    • David Walker

      Yeah. Almost happened to me, but I managed to get off stage and rip off my head so I could get some fresh air. I was a raccoon at the time. And I returned as a raccoon…with head…but the others onstage figured out why I left and covered it very well. Troupers all.

  • BeaverTales

    Overwork is not fun. Been there.

  • Barry William Teske
    • romanhans

      I worship Billy Eichner but that bit was hard to watch. That’s downtown NYC and I think every gay man there loves John Oliver. I know it was edited for humor but to show us all going, “John who? I love BEYONCÉ!” is really painful.

      • Barry William Teske

        I bet your relieved no one forced you to watch it, yes?

      • Dayglo

        What’s wrong with me that I prefer John Oliver to Wendy Williams?

  • Lizard

    Studio lights are awful, especially in a costume like that, but since she’s over 50 she should probably see a doctor just in case.

    • Todd20036

      A stroke, a cranial tumor, high blood pressure…. all those ailments have fainting as a symptom.
      Definitely a trip to the doctor is in order, and maybe even a CT scan

      • Lizard

        Yep, and quickly. When it comes to strokes the rule of thumb is “Time is brain.”

    • Natty Enquirer

      Studio TV lights are cool LEDs and fluorescents now. The days of 5K tungsten are over.

  • Captain Jack

    How appropriate for the Statue of Liberty to faint…with 45 as president!

    • David L. Caster

      It’s a sign—a warning from the ghosts of the Founders.

  • Treant

    Actors push themselves way too hard sometimes. Wendy, it’s OK to sit down if you don’t feel well, or to cut to commercial. Your audience will understand.

  • AmeriCanadian

    Is her show live? If no, then why wasn’t this edited out? Are we in a ratings sweep month?

    • Lazycrockett


    • Treant

      She’s live–or probably with a five second delay to cut any expletives. They could have cut, but since something was obviously going wrong, that would have been worse.

      • AmeriCanadian

        Thanks for response. I didn’t know that and I wasn’t trying to make light of the situation.

    • Lawerence Collins

      Her show is live


      You have to do it live!

  • DreadPikathulhu

    It happened to me once. You pass out and fall over within a few seconds and there isn’t really much time to react or ask for help. I was mentally trying to figure out what was going on then everything started going black and I was on the ground.

    • Karl Dubhe

      I didn’t even notice, I just thought it was getting hard to breath.

      Then I passed out while on parade… At least I didn’t stick someone with the bayonet. 🙂

    • Jeffg166

      I slipped on an icy sidewalk once and wondered what was happening on the way down. Just before I hit I realized what was happening.


        Seems kind of random.

    • Treant

      BTDT. It’s when I learned I’m vasovagal around needles being shoved into my arm. I was trying to figure out why I was dizzy and hearing a high-pitched squeal, then woke up with the doctor looking down at me.

      • MT YVR

        Yikes. What a way to find out.

        “Oh. Huh. Ok. So thaaat’s a thing.”

        • Treant

          Exactly. To this day, I have to point that out when somebody is starting an IV on me (which is, thankfully, rare). “You better have the Valium ready or you’ll be picking me up off the floor.”

          I’m fine with injections, although I hate them with the fiery heat of a thousand suns. I still get my flu shot every year, though.

          • MT YVR

            I have to have blood taken every three months. If that were a thing I’d be toast. As it is I have a hard enough time getting that shit done. I don’t pass out but I can’t watch. REEAAAAAALLY bad experience with a nurse that I never got over. So not the same at all.

            But every time something like that comes up I wonder what the hell I’d do if it were me.

          • Treant

            I also get blood drawn, once every year or two, to check that I’m not one of the walking dead or something.

            It’s not a problem but, similarly, I can’t watch. No bad experiences, I just can’t watch.

          • vorpal 😼

            Once you have to give yourself vitamin B12 intramuscular injections weekly, you rapidly lose your fear of needles.

            The needle is thick and about 1.5 inches long.
            Instructions: pinch muscle and then plunge syringe in using the motion you would use if throwing a dart. (Otherwise, seriously, it just bounces off your skin.)

            The first time doing it, I just sat there looking at the needle and my pinched skin and saying, “Nope. Nope. Nope. Nope. Nope.”

            Fortunately, my doctors have always been very, very generous with the Xanax prescriptions.

          • Treant

            Nope, nope, nope, nope. Thanks, I’ll just take extra B12 in my diet.

            Leaky gut? Oh, well then, I’ll just die, thanks.

          • Bj Lincoln

            One of our trans kids used to have me stick him with a huge needle in his leg every week. I learned to do it pretty well. I tried to get him to do it on his own and even offered to do it with him. Now he gets them in his arm with a smaller needle. The other son does them in his belly like blood thinners and insulin.

          • OdieDenCO

            I had a doctor when I was a wee tot would toss the syringe at my exposed buttock like a dart. surprisingly it hurt less than having the needle stuck in by hand.

      • OdieDenCO

        I’ve come close to passing out several time when menaced with needles. It usually occurs when the one handling the needle is incompetent in finding the vein and moves the needle around searching.

        • Treant

          Is it getting cold in here? And very dark? And spinning?

          • Dayglo

            May I please sit down? … I’m feeling clammy …

        • Hryflex

          That happened to me once. They were training someone who poked around in one arm, then poked around in the other arm. I started to pass out, but they wouldn’t let me. She started poking around again. As calmly as I could I said, “That really hurts a lot”. She burst into tears and ran away. Finally they got someone who knew what to do and painless took a blood sample.

          • zherazhera

            Imagine then what it was like for me as a five year old, having a spinal tap done. By amateurs. They poked me so many times I finally passed out from crying. Back then in the 70’s they wouldn’t let any parent into the procedure room. My mother had to stand outside and listen to me crying and calling for her.

            It gave me a fear of needles that didn’t let up until I was an adult. Still can’t watch needles penetrating skin.

        • jmax

          I had a HIDA scan done a couple of years ago. After the lab tech tried 3 times to get the IV needle in the back of my hand, she called a phlebotomist who tried 4 more times (moving the needle back and forth like a violin bow in my hands and arms). Finally they called a surgical tech who said, “I got this.” After 3 more sticks of the needle, they finally succeeded. My arms and hands looked like a fucking miniature golf course. I’ve got pictures but I’ll spare anyone from looking at them 🙂

        • David Walker

          Oh, you have something really fun to look forward to, then. Most of the vampires/nurses I’ve had recently spend about 5 minutes looking for a viable vein. Apparently that’s one of the joys of aging…veins tend not to show themselves (stab stab). They, as other body parts, don’t necessarily rise on request.

          • vorpal 😼

            Oh boy, oh boy… given my Crohn’s and how many injections / blood tests I need, I can hardly wait.

            I already need pricks galore in order to get anything to spurt out.

            I always tell them right off the bat, “Just go for the left hand,” but they insist on trying both arms, and then my right hand, and finally my left, and then if they wiggle the needle around a bit, they can connect with a vein.

            Two blood tests ago, I needed three nurses: one to hold / manipulate the butterfly needle in my hand; one to use a syringe bulb to suck the blood through the tube of the butterfly needle, and another to be standing by to grab those syringe bulbs and pop needles on them and squirt them into the testing tubes. The whole process took over 30 minutes.

            The worst time was once a nurse in training took eight tries to hit a vein. I was about to hit him, if he hadn’t been so cute.

          • Gretchen

            My health has deteriorated fairly rapidly since I had a fall in 2009 that nearly ended me. I KNOW that I have one good vein to draw blood in the bend of my left elbow and one good vein for IV’s in my right forearm. I have finally come to the point that if a nurse gets snippy or wants to try somewhere else first, I just very politely request another nurse. Most of the hospitals near me have a two attempts rule anyway, but I don’t hesitate to ask for someone else if a nurse misses twice. In other fun news, I am allergic to paper tape, and nonfailing at least a few times per year a nurse or phlebotomist will argue and tell me NO ONE is allergic to paper tape. Really? If I were going to lie about an allergy I wouldn’t waste it on tape; I would swear I was allergic to all pain relief except Dilaudid.

          • Phillip in L.A.

            “I already need pricks galore in order to get anything to spurt out.”

            Upvoted for this sentence alone.

          • thatotherjean

            I’m extremely lucky–I have a very large, highly visible vein in the crook of my left elbow that makes phlebotomists smile. Not so lucky with arteries, though. I got trucked off to the hospital with the rest of the family after the raccoon in the attic went to sleep permanently in the furnace flue and gave us all carbon monoxide poisoning. After the fourth stick, the vampire-in-residence gave up and we agreed that, since I was awake and talking, I probably didn’t need an arterial blood gas check all that badly.

          • Chris Gardner

            They have vein finders now which can show them exactly where they are, the direction, any turns, etc…

          • Grumpy Old Man

            WOW! After years of blood pheresis, most of my veins have disappeared behind scars but both hands have beautiful veins. Everyone insists on finding an elbow vein so that should help.

      • RoverSerton

        I’ve given about 120 pints of blood (going for my weight in blood, I either have to lose weight or get busy giving), No problem except once in the military, they were using up WWII needles and donation was with a 10 gauge (I think) needle. Took about 3 minutes for the pint and then they said “get up, we need to do the next guy”. I stood up and went down.

        Would have been a good memory if I would have been conscious.

        • Treant

          (vomit). I have never given blood for that reason; the issue, plus the loss of fluid, would certainly send me down.

          • vorpal 😼

            The whole “anti-MSM” thing when it comes to donating blood has been a bit of a deterrent for me as well.

          • Treant

            It doesn’t help. I’ve been married and…er, monogamish…for 15 years now.

          • vorpal 😼

            I’m the same, but 13 years, and was recently tested (a requirement of my med for Crohn’s) for HIV and all the heps and all tests came back clean.

            I was still under the impression that that wasn’t sufficient for donating, and that you needed to be free from sex with men for some number of years, unless the policy changed and I haven’t kept up.

            LOL nobody wants my blood anyway, with all my wonky levels from malabsorption. I’m missing the part of the intestine primarily responsible for absorption of iron and B12, and in Crohn’s, fibre is the enemy.

            It’s astoundingly backward sounding to have doctors always telling me that I’m eating TOO many vegetables, NOT enough carbs, and that I need to become far more serious about eating beef.

    • another_steve

      Some people are natural “good fallers” and some aren’t. People with elderly parents know the phenomenon.

      Some elderly folks fall without breaking bones and doing other bodily damage to themselves. It’s a sort of “animal instinct,” if you will. Their bodies collapse in such a way as to do little or no serious harm to themselves.

      Other people are bad fallers and unfortunately hurt themselves when they fall.

      • Grumpy Old Man

        I am 69 and have fallen twice in the last 30 years, both times were recently so I analyzed them to death. Results, 1st fall was because I stepped off a curb into the street but the surface where I stepped was sunken so the street was not where my brain expected it. the other was because the sole of my sandal separated and dragged on the forward stride and I went down. both times I only damaged my palms. I am going to go back to falling school soon (Judo).

  • KevInPDX

    Heat n blood sugar issues?

  • olandp

    That’s what you get when you steal Hedda Lettuce’s wig!


      Love me some Hedda!!!

  • gaycuckhubby

    I wish her no will ill and hope she gets better fast. That please don’t let her “present” RuPaul’s Drag Race again

  • gaycuckhubby

    Do you recover from a stroke that quickly?

    • Tawreos

      Most people are not aware that they have had a mini-stroke, so it is possible to recover that quickly.

      • Treant

        Great, one more thing to worry about.

        • Tomcat

          We are ALL one breath away from death. So why worry.

          • djcoastermark

            Embarrassing situations to be found in ?

    • Treant

      No. Or at least nobody I’ve ever seen who’s had one has ever done so; it took weeks to months, if they recovered completely at all.

      • marshlc

        Mini strokes are different, though – my sister has had two, both while driving, and it’s a wonder she didn’t kill herself or somebody else. They took her license away after the second one.

        And the doctor was asking her “Has this ever happened to you before?” and all she could say was “Well, I’ve never woken up on the floor.” If you live alone, this kind of thing could happen when you are sitting reading or whatever, and you’d never know, just think your attention had wandered, or you’d dozed off for a second.

        • Gretchen

          I had a mini stroke while I was in the hospital for something else. I didn’t pass out, but I was pretty fuzzy for about an hour.

  • gaycuckhubby

    Is disqus acting weird for anyone else?

    • Treant

      Yes, it just logged me out, errored, and held me out for five minutes.

      • gaycuckhubby


      • MT YVR

        At least YOURS holds you…

        Oh. Wait. Neeevermind.

        • Treant

          Frequently. I’m all like, “Honey, if we don’t clean up, we’re going to adhere together.”

          • clay

            I hate to admit it, but I sometimes use him as a rag. He’s the more absorbent of the two of us.

      • Hryflex

        Here too.

    • Bambino

      Yes it is. Having issue changing setting. As well as regular sign off. Sometimes a refresh will fix it. The laptop seems to give me more problem than the phone.

    • It’s been acting weird for the last several days. Basically since Friday.

      • Treant

        Since Mueller announced the indictments! Coincidence? I think NOT!

    • John Ruff

      Nope. Just the commenters. Lol

      • gaycuckhubby


    • Tomcat

      Damn Ruskies.

  • boobert

    As a kid , I passed out in church a few times. It wasn’t that I was getting the spirit. I just needed a donut or something. And then there was that time at spring break in Florida, but that was alcohol related.

  • Steverino

    Oh, don’t worry, Wendy. This happens to Lindsey Graham all the time.

  • Adam Stevens

    Don’t like her, but hate to see a human being so scared. Hope she is OK.

    • John Ruff

      Aw, she seems like fun

  • Mr. M

    From the start she didn’t look good. She’s also lost an insane amount of weight. Girl needs to eat and be healthy!

  • bkmn

    My partner watches her sometimes, when his regular daytime trash TV isn’t on or in reruns. Never cared much for her myself but I hope she gets a good and thorough checkup.

  • That costume + hot studio lights = Not at all surprised she passed out.

  • John Ruff

    Staying skinny at that age is hard. So, she didn’t tell us about her dehydration and lack of nutrition. “Overheated,” uh huh.

  • Bambino

    Sam Handwich might need to look for a lawyer or two.

    • Treant

      Ham Sandwich is Sam’s distant cousin. Sam is still safe.

    • John Ruff

      God. Gorka needs a good choking with a giant BBC

      • The_Wretched

        A full BBC4 then.

    • Natty Enquirer

      He’s already off some place taking the fifth.

      • clay

        taking a fifth? Bourbon goes with ham, right?

        • Calamity_Jean

          Bourbon goes with anything.

          • but really nice with spices and sugar and ham.

  • Publius

    That was awkward to watch. How embarrassing.

  • Xiao Ai: The Social Gadfly

    An apt analogy for our country.

  • Deviancy Behavir I despise Wendy Williams all the shit she started, calling celebrities gay, so she can get ratings. Just being a rude and bitter bitch in general, this is my response to her fainting. I don’t care if people think I’m a cruel bitch for it either.

  • Lazycrockett
    • jmax

      Is there a single Republican who has a conscience and sense of decency anymore?

      • evan_or

        Pretty much, no.

      • Mark


  • Natty Enquirer

    Watch our for that first caress. It’s a doozy!

  • Rocco

    Poor Wendy…

  • Tomcat

    If it was a stroke she sure had a fast stroke recovery.

    • Mike C

      Migraine could do it. You might be able to finish out the show but she should not assume that was overheating.

  • Friday

    That’s actually a pretty cool costume, ….guess it wasn’t really made for studio lights?

  • fuzzybits
  • leastyebejudged

    She tired.

  • hdtex