Wendy Williams faints on live TV after overheating

TV host Wendy Williams fainted on the air this morning, but after taking a few minutes to catch her breath, she’s OK and back to it.

Williams was wearing a Statue of Liberty costume for Halloween and was introducing a guest when she started to sway and dropped to the floor.

“Let’s get started. Our first guest …” she trailed off before stumbling and falling down. The show then cut to commercial.

Other former and current show hosts took to Twitter immediately to say they hoped it wasn’t serious.

She came back and said, “That was not a stunt. I overheated in my costume and I did pass out. But, you know what? I’m a champ and I’m back!”

After the fainting episode, a rep for the host released a statement, saying, “Ms. Williams fainted on-air this morning. She is dehydrated and is on her way home for a good day and nite of sleep. She has been examined by medical professionals and is well. She is ok and will continue as shows as planned. She will address this on-air tomorrow. She has never missed a day of work and is looking forward on November 13th to her 1500th show.”

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Kevin Spacey will not receive international Emmy amid allegation of sexual misconduct

Kevin Spacey will no longer be honored by the International Academy of Television Arts & Sciences at its upcoming awards gala following actor Anthony Rapp’s allegation that, when he was just 14, the “House of Cards” star made a sexual advance on him.

The International Academy made the announcement Monday night on its website.

“The International Academy has announced today that in light of recent events it will not honor Kevin Spacey with the 2017 International Emmy Founders Award,” a statement read.

Calling the two-time Oscar winner “one of the great multi-dimensional talents in our industry,” the International Academy first announced in June that Spacey was set to accept its Founders Award, which recognizes individuals who cross cultural boundaries.

On Sunday, Rapp, now 46, accused Spacey of trying to seduce him while attending a party back in 1986.

“He picked me up like a groom picks up the bride over the threshold. But I don’t, like, squirm away initially, because I’m like, ‘What’s going on?’ And then he lays down on top of me,” Rapp said in a BuzzFeed article published Sunday.

Spacey, who said he doesn’t remember the incident, nonetheless apologized for his “deeply inappropriate drunken behavior” in a post on Twitter later that night. In his tweet, he also revealed that he has “loved and had romantic encounters with men” and that he chooses “now to live as a gay man.”

Despite his apology, which was widely criticized for his coming out under these circumstances, the producers of his Netflix show “House of Cards” announced today that they were suspending production on the show.

“MRC and Netflix have decided to suspend production on HOUSE OF CARDS season six, until further notice, to give us time to review the current situation and to address any concerns of our cast and crew,” Netflix and Media Rights Capital, the studio that created “House of Cards” with the streaming service, said in a joint statement.

On Monday, the producers said they were meeting with the cast and crew to “ensure that they continue to feel safe and supported,” adding that “Spacey is not working on the set at this time.”

Netflix also confirmed to ABC News that the upcoming season 6 would be the series’ last. A Netflix representative confirmed to ABC News that the decision to end the show after season six was made before the scandal broke.

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Celebrity kids' best Halloween costumes

Celebrities shared photos of their kids’ by turns creative, cute and creepy Halloween costumes on social media, getting into the spooky holiday spirit with some pretty fang-tastic results!

Busy Philipps was shocked at her daughter Birdie’s spot-on costume, featuring a long-sleeve floral dress with white sneakers and pom pom earrings mimicking her mom.

Philipps posted another photo of her daughter with two friends dressed as famous DJ Skrillex and Evan Hansen.

Neil Patrick Harris and his family dressed up as carnival performers.

“Grey’s Anatomy” star Ellen Pompeo dressed her daughter, Stella, as Holly Golightly from “Breakfast at Tiffany’s.”

Rachel Zoe snapped a pic of her two kids, Sky and Kaius, dressed as Luke Skywalker and a Jedi Knight from “Star Wars

“Younger” star Hilary Duff dressed up as a bunny and snapped a picture alongside her son, Luca, who wore a full Lego ninja costume.

Molly Sims shared a photo of her “skeleton crew;” all three kids Brooks, Scarlett and Grey wore matching simple skeleton outfits.

Lauren Conrad held her newborn baby boy dressed as a lamb at a pumpkin patch.

Jordana Brewster posted a picture with her two young ones dressed as a vampire and an astronaut.

Reese Witherspoon dressed up her dog Hank as a Ty Beanie Baby. The chocolate lab wore a large red tag around his neck to pull off the stuffed animal costume.

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Former presidents call for unity at hurricane aid concert

The five living former presidents put aside politics and appeared together for the first time since 2013 at a concert on Saturday to raise money for victims of devastating hurricanes in Texas, Florida, Louisiana, Puerto Rico and the U.S. Virgin Islands.

Democrats Barack Obama, Bill Clinton and Jimmy Carter and Republicans George H.W. and George W. Bush gathered in College Station, Texas, home of Texas A&M University, to try to unite the country after the storms.

Texas A&M is home to the presidential library of the elder Bush. At 93, he has a form of Parkinson’s disease and appeared in a wheelchair at the event. His wife, Barbara, and George W. Bush’s wife, Laura, were in the audience.

Grammy award winner Lady Gaga made a surprise appearance at the concert that also featured country music band Alabama, Rock & Roll Hall of Famer ‘Soul Man’ Sam Moore, gospel legend Yolanda Adams and Texas musicians Lyle Lovett and Robert Earl Keen.

The appeal backed by the ex-presidents has raised $ 31 million since it began on Sept. 7, said Jim McGrath, spokesman for George H.W. Bush.

President Donald Trump offered a video greeting that avoided his past criticism of the former presidents and called them “some of America’s finest public servants.”

“This wonderful effort reminds us that we truly are one nation under God, all unified by our values and devotion to one another,” Trump said in the greeting, played during the concert.

Four of the five former presidents — Obama, George W. Bush, Carter and Clinton — made brief remarks that did not mention Trump. The elder Bush did not speak but smiled and waved to the crowd. They appealed for national unity to help those hurt by the hurricanes.

“The heart of America, without regard to race or religion or political party, is greater than our problems,” said Clinton.

The last time the five were together was in 2013, when Obama was still in office, at the dedication of George W. Bush’s presidential library in Dallas.

There is precedent for former presidents joining forces for post-disaster fundraising. George H.W. Bush and Bill Clinton raised money together after the 2004 South Asia tsunami and Hurricane Katrina the next year. Clinton and George W. Bush combined to seek donations after Haiti’s 2011 earthquake.

“It’s certainly a triple, if not a home run, every time,” said Brandon Rottinghaus, a political science professor at the University of Houston. “Presidents have the most powerful and prolific fundraising base of any politician in the world. When they send out a call for help, especially on something that’s not political, they can rake in big money.”

Amid criticism that his administration was initially slow to aid ravaged Puerto Rico, Trump accused island leaders of “poor leadership,” and later tweeted that, “Electric and all infrastructure was disaster before hurricanes” while saying that Federal Emergency Management Agency, first-responders and military personnel wouldn’t be able to stay there forever.

But Rottinghaus said ex-presidents are seen as less polarizing than the current president.

“They can’t get away from the politics of the moment,” he said of current White House occupants. “Ex-presidents are able to step back and be seen as the nation’s grandfather.”

Hurricane Harvey slammed into Texas and Louisiana Gulf Coast as a Category 4 hurricane on Aug. 25, unleashing historic flooding in Houston and killing more than 80 people. Shortly thereafter, all five ex-presidents appeared in a commercial for a fundraising effort known as “One America Appeal.” In it, George W. Bush says, “People are hurting down here.” His father, George H.W. Bush, then replies, “We love you, Texas.”

Hurricane Irma subsequently hit Florida and Hurricane Maria battered Puerto Rico, while both devastated the U.S. Virgin Islands.

A website accepting donations, OneAmericaAppeal.org, was created with 100 percent of proceeds pledged to hurricane relief.


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Letter penned a day before Titanic sank sold at UK auction

A letter written by one of the Titanic’s passengers a day before the ocean liner sank has sold for 126,000 pounds ($ 166,000) at an auction in England.

The handwritten note, on embossed Titanic stationery, was penned by first-class passenger Alexander Oskar Holverson on April 13, 1912 — the day before the ship hit an iceberg and sank in the North Atlantic, killing more than 1,500 onboard.

Holverson, a salesman, was on the Titanic with his wife, Mary. He had intended to post it to his mother when they arrived in New York.

Auction house Henry Aldridge & Son, which specializes in Titanic memorabilia, said Saturday the letter was “the most important Titanic letter we have ever auctioned” because of its content, historical context and rarity.

In the letter, addressed to “My dear Mother” and stained with saltwater marks, Holverson described the Titanic as “a giant in size and fitted up like a palatial hotel.” He added: “The food and drink is excellent.”

In a poignant line, he also wrote: “If all goes well we will arrive in New York Wednesday AM.”

The letter, one of the last known to have been written on board by the disaster’s victims, was found in Holverson’s pocket notebook when his body was recovered. It was later sent to his family.

His wife survived the disaster, Aldridge said.


This version corrects the third paragraph to clarify Holverson was planning to send the letter when he arrived in New York, not that his mother was living in New York.

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'The Walking Dead' reaches 100th episode as 8th season premieres tonight

The season eight premiere of “The Walking Dead” is also the hit show’s 100th episode.

Executive producers David Alpert and Robert Kirkman, the creator of the comic series that spawned the AMC show, have a doozy racked up for fans. The first episode kicks off the “All Out War” storyline from the comics, with Andrew Lincoln’s Rick Grimes leading an army made up of members of the Hilltop, Kingdom, and Alexandria communities against Jeffrey Dean Morgan’s Saviors.

Kirkman told ABC News that the first episode, which airs tonight at 9 p.m. ET, kicks off the “most intense season yet.”

Alpert agreed.

“If you’re a fan of the comic, you know what ‘All Out War’ means, and so the thing to me as a producer, and as a fan, I’m so excited to sort of let people see what we’ve been working towards for all these past few years,” he told ABC News.

“It’s going to be bigger and badder than anything we’ve ever done on the show. So I cannot wait for people to see what we’ve been cooking up,” Alpert said. “We’ve gone to some big places, but really I have to say that the scale and scope of this season is — we’ve never done anything like this before.”

Even if you know the comics, this season won’t be spoiled, nor are they required reading for the show, Kirkman said. Changing things up from the books was a key part of the “Walking Dead” TV experience.

“When you sat down to read the comic book, literally anything could happen, and you’d never expect it,” Kirkman said. “And we wanted to maintain that for the television viewers because we felt that if we lost that in any way, you know, it would diminish the project over all.”

“We didn’t want comic book readers to be able to sit down on the couch and go, ‘Oh! Wait ’til you see this, honey, this is gonna blow your mind!'” he added laughing. “We wanted those people to be wrong as often as possible.”

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