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“First of all. I was trending all day. Fabulous!” Williams, 53, said to thunderous applause. “A lot of people thought it was a joke. Me fainting on my set. You know I don’t want to fall. I’m a tall woman and it’s a long way down. I’m also a woman of a particular age and I’m not trying to break anything. I don’t do stunts and jokes for you.”
As Williams detailed, the snafu happened 48 minutes into the show. She was wearing a Statue of Liberty costume and was being prepped by producers for the last segment of “The Wendy Williams Show.”
“I felt it as she was talking to me,” she added. “And all I could hear is ‘blah, blah, blah.’ And all I’m thinking is, ‘Wendy, oh my gosh’ … I’m like, ‘All right, Wendy. At least you’re wearing flats.’ I’m holding on to this [podium] and there’s only 12 more minutes of the show. ‘You can do it, girl!’”
She described being overtaken by a “hot” and “dizzy” feeling, adding, “The costume got hot. Right before passing out, I felt like I was in the middle of a campfire.”
With tears in her eyes, she continued, “It was scary. Scary! It was really scary. All of I could think of, though, in the middle of scare, ‘Don’t pull the podium over on you because that’ll make for worse.’”
Williams also addressed online commenters who suggested she suffered a stroke or heart attack. “No, I had neither,” she said.
EMTs soon arrived backstage, where she was evaluated. “The paramedics are in my office and they hooked me up to every EKG situation,” she said. “I was low on hydrogen — you know, the water. Not just any water, electrolytes.” Her blood pressure and heart rate checked out fine, nor did she suffer any bumps, bruises or aches from her fall.
After being hydrated, Williams left the New York studio for New Jersey, but not before stopping off to greet more than 200 fans and paparazzi waiting to catch a glimpse.
“This is never going to happen again,” she vowed.