Tom Bergeron on Marie Osmond’s Fainting: ‘I’ve Never Had This Happen’
10/24/2007 AT 12:00 AM EDT
Tom Bergeron may be a whiz at hosting live television, but some situations are impossible to prepare for.
Bergeron talked to Ryan Seacrest on his KIIS FM radio show Tuesday morning about what it was like when DWTS contestant Marie Osmond fainted during Monday's live taping. "I never had that happen before," he told Seacrest.
"We talked about the possibility before that somebody could get injured and that the best thing to do was to go to commercial break," Bergeron said of how he quickly adjusted to the situation. "At first you can hear the audience laugh because they thought, like I did, that it was theatrics." But Bergeron quickly realized this was no joke: "Then I turned and looked at her and I knew immediately that she was out. I realized we had to get off the air and figure out what was going on."
After the show went to commercial break, medics came to Osmond's aid. "Jonathan Roberts, Osmond's pro partner and I were by her side, an EMT came down, her manager came down, and about 20 seconds into commercial break her eyes fluttered a bit and she looked at us and said, 'Oh, crap,'" said Bergeron.
So did Bergeron see it coming? "On the tape you can hear her really hyperventilating," he said. "But that is something I could not hear standing next to her."
"You don't know at first whether this person has fainted or it is something more serious. It can be anything." Bergeron said of those critical first few moments. But it turns out the cause of the fainting incident was simple: Osmond just forgot to breathe. "Apparently if she gets nervous she forgets to breath. As silly as it sounds, that is what she says. "
But a new question arises: Will others try such a feat to gain sympathy with the audience? Bergeron says it could happen, but he hopes the contestants will at least come up with a new act. "I don't know if you can faint after someone has already fainted, but you can try other things," Bergeron said, laughing. "I don't want to give any one ideas." –Kim Peiffer
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