What happened to Kate McCann? Did she faint and how is she now?

Viewers are wondering what happened to Kate McCann during the live Tory Leadership debate

What happened to Kate McCann?
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Viewers of TalkTV are concerned over what happened to TV Presenter Kate McCann who was hosting the live Tory Leadership debate (opens in new tab) after a loud crash filled the studio causing an abrupt end to the show.

The former political correspondent at Sky News was due to host the show alongside The Sun's Political Editor Harry Cole but he tested positive for Covid (opens in new tab) and had to pull out of presenting duties. 

Leaving Kate to go solo but half way into the The Sun and TalkTV debate between Conservative politicians Rishi Sunak (opens in new tab) and Liz Truss (opens in new tab) and a loud crash was heard, causing Liz Truss to put her hands to her face, saying "Oh my God" as the show was cut.

We look at what happened to Kate and how she is now....

What happened to Kate McCann?

Kate McCann fainted live on TV as she hosted the Tory Leadership debate on Tuesday night (26th July). Kate had just finished putting a question to Liz, but after Kate said '...and things are likely to get worse" the unexpected happened.

Liz Truss' who had started responding at the time was shocked with what she saw unfold before her. Viewers watched her answer "The cost of not doing anything to stand up to Vladimir Putin is immense. If he succeeds in Ukraine, he's not going to stop there. He's going to challenge the freedom and democracy..." be suddenly interrupted by a loud crash. 

Liz couldn't hide her horror as she visibly shook, putting her hands to her face as she watched the presenter collapse. Liz yelled 'oh my God' before making her way over to where Kate had been standing. 

The broadcast feed was swiftly cut, with viewers shown the message: 'We're sorry for the disruption to this programme. We're working hard to fix the issue and will return to normal programming soon.'

After a long pause in the broadcast, viewers wondered what had happened in the studio, before a 'medical issue' was cited as being the cause of the disturbance. 

Before the show aired, Kate tweeted, "Gutted not to be hosting with my partner in crime this evening, we’ll miss you . BUT while he may not be in the room tonight we’ve thrashed out the Qs together and we’ve got a great debate in store. Tune in at 6pm on @MrHarryCole @TalkTV"

What happened to Kate McCann?

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Did Kate McCann faint?

It has been confirmed by TalkTV that Kate McCann did faint during the live broadcast. Confirming the rest of the debate would no longer go ahead, TalkTV later said in a statement: '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.'

Speaking after the show, Sky correspondent Ali Fortescue explained, "I think at one moment there had been a hope that they would get back on air. we know now from that statement that Kate McCann did faint but crucially that she is okay. We were here in the spin room when that happened - politicians and journalists waiting to chew over what happened in this latest debate between Rishi Sunak and Liz Truss but of course instead what happened, we were all watching the screens here and we heard that noise in the studio, what sounded like a crash. And of course Liz Truss' face, we now know that Kate McCann who was presenting doing a very good job asking them about their economic plans. We were hearing a much more polite debate than last night (Monday 25th July) but it was cut short. Everyone here was really shocked...and  all that everyone here was thinking about Kate McCann presenting and hoping she was OK."

How is Kate McCann now?

Kate McCann is said to be "fine" after she fainted. In addition to the TalkTV official statement, posting to Miss McCann on Twitter, Mr Sunak wrote, "Good news that you're already recovering. It was a great debate and I look forward to getting grilled by you again shortly!"

Ms Truss later tweeted, "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."

Kate McCann has since broken her silence over what happened, telling fans on Twitter, "Well that wasn't how last night was supposed to end! Thanks everyone for the lovely messages- I'm fine now - and apologies to and for cutting the debate short. Tonight I'll be unpicking the debate with some new polling from 7pm ( ...yes, sat down!) @trussliz @RishiSunak"

And fans have wished her well.

One viewer wrote, "You were doing an incredible job with the debate, as expected - no need to apologise at all - glad to hear you’re doing okay now."

Another fan put, "We’re so relieved you are ok Kate - take it easy!"

And a third fan added, "Very pleased to hear you’re feeling better. Take care…"

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Selina Maycock
Selina Maycock

Selina is a Senior Entertainment Writer with more than 14 years of experience in newspapers and magazines. She currently looks after all things Entertainment for Goodto.com, Woman&Home, and My Imperfect Life. Before joining Future Publishing, Selina graduated from the University of Sheffield in 2006 with a degree in Journalism. She is fully NCTJ and NCE qualified and has 100wpm shorthand. When she's not interviewing celebrities you can find her exploring new countryside walking routes, catching up with friends over good food, or making memories.