On Tuesday, Williams appeared to be disoriented and struggled to read from the teleprompter. Dressed in her Halloween costume as the Statue of Liberty, the talk show host looked terrified for a moment before she simply collapsed.
There was a long commercial break before the show returned with Williams telling her audience, “That was not a stunt. I’m overheated in my costume and I did pass out. But you know what? I’m a champ and I’m back.”
Williams finished out the show, though before it ended, she asked, “Is that the end of the show? Was I passed out that long?!”
An insider said of Williams, “Wendy has become very thin recently, and the show staff wonders if she is under a lot of personal stress.”
Officially, though, Williams’ rep, Ronn Torossian, has responded to the incident with this 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.”
“She has never missed a day of work,” he added.