Is Kate MCann ok? Shocking moment TV presenter collapses live on air during Britain's PM debate
The second TV debate between Tory candidates Liz Truss and Rishi Sunak was abruptly canceled after Talk TV presenter Kate McCann fainted, cutting short a heated debate over NHS funding and tax cuts at 6.31 pm. The dramatic moment happened as Truss was answering a question around half an hour into the TalkTV/The Sun event.
A loud noise startled the clearly concerned Foreign Secretary, prompting her to exclaim, ''Oh my God!'' Truss was then seen leaving her podium and walking towards McCann's position. According to an eyewitness, Sunak rushed over to McCann and held her hand after she fainted, and Truss also went to check on her, with both Tory candidates kneeling down to ensure she was OK, The Sun reported.
The broadcast feed was quickly cut, and viewers were shown the message: ''We apologize for the disruption to this program.'' "We're working hard to resolve the problem and will resume normal programming as soon as possible.'' The broadcast was interrupted for a long time as viewers wondered what had happened in the studio before a "medical issue" was cited as the cause of the disruption.
TalkTV later issued a statement confirming that the rest of the debate would be canceled, "Kate McCann fainted on air tonight and, while she is fine, the medical advice was that we should not continue with the debate.' We sincerely apologize to our viewers and listeners."
Kate McCann fainted on air tonight and although she is fine, the medical advice was that we shouldn't continue with the debate. We apologise to our viewers and listeners.— TalkTV (@TalkTV) July 26, 2022
Thousands of people took to social media to send their best wishes and praise to McCann, TalkTV's political editor who previously worked at Sky News. She was hosting the Tory leadership debate alone after Harry Cole, The Sun's political editor, dropped out after testing positive for Covid.
Cole posted on Twitter that Miss McCann was ''absolutely bossing it'', adding he was ''very proud of my friend''.
And she was absolutely bossing it. Very proud of my friend. https://t.co/Bh9mMWJu7H— Harry Cole (@MrHarryCole) July 26, 2022
Sunak tweeted, "Good news that you're already recovering @KateEMcCann It was a great debate and I look forward to getting grilled by you again shortly!". While Truss wrote, "Relieved to hear @KateEMcCann is fine. Really sorry that such a good debate had to end. Look forward to catching up with Kate and the rest of the
@TheSun @TalkTV team again soon.
Relieved to hear @KateEMcCann is fine. Really sorry that such a good debate had to end. Look forward to catching up with Kate and the rest of the @TheSun @TalkTV team again soon. https://t.co/pvcl12G73X— Liz for Leader (@trussliz) July 26, 2022
The ex-chancellor and the Foreign Secretary were seen chatting with audience members in the studio while the incident was dealt with and the broadcast taken off air.