Today in Entertainment: Wendy Williams collapses during her live show; ‘House of Cards’ halts production in wake of Kevin Spacey accusations
Here’s what’s new and interesting in entertainment and the arts:
- Wendy Williams collapses during her live show
- Netflix halts ‘House of Cards’ Season 6 production in wake of Kevin Spacey accusations
- Halloween is finally here, and these celebrities have conquered it
- Jay-Z to receive Grammy Salute to Industry Icons Award
- Niall Horan’s ‘Flicker’ helps One Direction make chart history
- Rose McGowan on months-old arrest warrant: ‘Are they trying to silence me?’
Wendy Williams collapses during her live show
How you doin', Wendy Williams?
The answer is probably not as positive as usual, as the enthusiastic talk show host suffered a scary — not spooky — moment during Tuesday morning’s live broadcast.
Clad in a glitzy Statue of Liberty costume, Williams began slurring her words while introducing an audience participation segment late in the Halloween broadcast. Eyes wide, the host then went silent and stumbled before collapsing.
The show quickly cut to commercial, and upon returning Williams was adamant that her fall had not been staged.
“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 proclaimed before continuing the show.
“Wendy fainted on-air this morning,” a spokesperson for “The Wendy Williams Show” told The Times via email Tuesday morning. “She is dehydrated and is on her way home to rest and sleep. She has been examined by medical professionals and finished the show in true Wendy spirit. She has never missed a day of work, and will continue all shows as planned. She will address this on-air tomorrow.”
It was a sentiment echoed on Williams’ official Twitter account as well.
“Everybody relax. I’m doing fine, just need some water and electrolytes,” read a tweet posted on Williams’ feed. “On another note, I stayed and laid Halloween, LOL! Shout out to my magnificent Glam Squad and Ceaser Galindo the costume designer. More on this tomorrow.”
Williams’ Halloween show wasn’t a total drag, however. Actor Jerry O’Connell stopped by in a truly disturbing costume attempting to depict multiple Kardashians at once.
Netflix halts ‘House of Cards’ Season 6 production in wake of Kevin Spacey accusation
Production has halted on “House of Cards” in the wake of a recent accusation levied against Emmy-nominated star Kevin Spacey, Netflix and Media Rights Capital said Tuesday in a joint statement.
“MRC and Netflix have decided to suspend production on ‘House of Cards’ Season 6, until further notice, to give us time to review the current situation and to address any concerns of our cast and crew,” the statement read.
“Star Trek: Discovery” actor Anthony Rapp came forward Sunday night with an accusation that Spacey had made an unwanted sexual advance on him in 1986, when Rapp was just 14.
Spacey quickly responded to Rapp’s allegation with an apology for his “drunken” behavior, which he said he did not recall, before using his official statement to come out as a gay man.
Some in Hollywood criticized Spacey’s timing as opportunistic and damaging to the LGBTQ community for conflating pedophilia and homosexuality.
On Monday, Netflix and MRC announced that “House of Cards” would conclude with Season 6. The companies also released a joint statement calling the accusation against Spacey “deeply troubling” and reporting that both organizations had sent executives to Baltimore to speak with cast and crew members currently on set.
“House of Cards” debuted in 2013 and quickly became a player in the prestige television movement, becoming the first original online-only streaming series to receive nominations in major categories at the Emmy Awards.