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Wendy Williams Addresses Fainting on Live TV: "I Was Going Through What Middle-Aged Women Go Through"

The Wendy host dispelled rumors that she was playing a joke for Halloween.

By Tamara Palmer
After Show with Wendy Williams: Part I

Wendy Williams endured a scary event during Tuesday's (October 31) live airing of The Wendy Williams Show when she fainted and fell to the floor, but she was able to finish the taping after a commercial break. When she appeared on the show Wednesday to address the unexpected incident, she immediately debunked social media rumors that she might have faked it.

Instead, she said that she felt overheated in her Statue of Liberty costume. "I was going through what middle-aged women go through," Williams explained, referring to hot flashes. "The costume got hot, all of a sudden, right before passing out, I felt like I was in the middle of a campfire."

She also tearfully admitted that it was scary, even though paramedics after the show said that she was dehydrated and low on electrolytes and they gave her a talking-to about her health before she was able to head home. She got a kick out of the fact that four cars of paparazzi that followed her out of the studio didn't take the turnoff to follow her out of Manhattan and into New Jersey. "That's why it's good to live in Jersey," she smiled.

"No, I wasn't stroking out," Williams said, taking the steam out of rumos that she had a stroke or heart attack. "And for people who thought that I was and want to get this purple chair next — nope, I'm here for a long time."

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