Wendy Williams collapses during Tuesday’s live airing of The Wendy Williams Show. The talk-show host, who was dressed as the Statue of the Liberty, passed out as she was introducing this year’s costume contest this morning. Midway through her introduction, her voice cracked and her eyes widened as she stumbled backward before suddenly collapsing. The show immediately cut to commercial.
When it returned, Williams, still in costume, was already back on stage and explained that she fainted from overheating. “That was not a stunt,” she said. “I overheated in my costume and I did pass out. But, you know what? I’m a champ and I’m back!” She continued the show, and before signing off she asked, “Is that the end of the show? Was I passed out that long?!”
There are fears for Wendy Williams’ health after she fainted live on air today. A show insider said staffers are worried about Williams, following a report that her husband, Kevin Hunter, cheated on her with 32-year-old massage therapist Sharina Hudson, which they both strongly denied.
The insider said, “Wendy has become very thin recently, and the show staff wonders if she is under a lot of personal stress.” A September report claimed that Hunter and Hudson have been hooking up for a decade, and that Hunter moved her into a secluded $765,000 home just miles away from his home with Williams. She addressed the rumors on her show, telling the audience, “It’s weird being a hot topic. In a weird kind of way . . . I love the attention . . . You can believe what you want. I stand by my guy. We commuted together this morning. The paparazzi were outside catching me in the cutest negligee.”
Her rep Ronn Torossian said at the time, “One plus one does not equal three.”
As for her medical scare, Torossian insisted she was suffering from the ubiquitous showbiz affliction “dehydration.” He said in a statement, “Ms. Williams fainted on-air this morning. She is dehydrated and is on her way home for a good day and night of sleep. She has been examined by medical professionals and is well. She is OK, and will continue shows as planned. She will address this on-air tomorrow.”
He added, “She has never missed a day of work.”