It’s one of a reporter’s worst fears, passing out live on the air. It happens from time to time and it did precisely to CNN anchor Poppy Harlow on Monday. She was anchoring a segment about terrorism on CNN Newsroom while substituting for Carol Costello.
After correspondent Becky Anderson finished her report on a poll on the White House’s handling of radical Islamists, Harlow began to explain the graphic, then she slurred her words and stopped speaking. That’s when CNN cut to commercial.
A longer video can be seen at Mediaite. Harlow returned on-camera later to explain what happened:
“For all of you on Twitter asking if i’m okay, thank you so much. I got a little hot and I passed out for a moment. I am fine, we’re going to take a quick break. We’ll be right back.”
And she also tweeted this:
Thank you all for your concern and messages! I am ok! Passed out briefly and am with the doctor now. So thankful to our amazing CNN team.
— Poppy Harlow (@PoppyHarlowCNN) December 28, 2015
Good to know it wasn’t serious, although the segment was certainly scary for anyone who saw it live. Harlow is six months pregnant