Live television is never without its risks, but Wendy Williams had no idea just how disastrous her live talk show would be when she appeared for a Halloween special before dramatically passing out on stage less than an hour after her broadcast began. Thankfully, she came round minutes later to continue.

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Say what you like about 53-year-old Wendy Williams, but she sure is a trooper. She returned to her show just six minutes after overheating in her Statue of Liberty costume and losing consciousness on stage today (October 31st 2017). She started to sound a little breathless as she spoke about the How You Doin' Halloween Costume Contest, before stopping, stumbling backwards and looking a little panicked before collapsing on the floor.

'That was not a stunt', she told her audience and the viewers when she returned. 'I'm overheated in my costume and I did pass out. But you know what, I'm a champ, and I'm back!'

She managed to get round to announcing the winners of the costume contest, and asked at the end of the segment: 'Is that the end of the show? Was I passed out for that long?'

Thankfully, she doesn't appear to have suffered any lasting damage from the episode, and a representative confirmed that it was merely a combination of the weight of her outfit and the hot studio lights that had caused her to feel briefly unwell.

'Wendy is feeling much better', a representative told People. 'She overheated because of her heavy costume, make-up, and lights. She was able to finish the show in true Wendy spirit. She will address the incident on tomorrow's show.'

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That's just another reason for Wendy to hate Halloween. As she confessed earlier, she had to be pushed into doing the holiday special because it's really not something she's into. '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.'