Guest host Cassie Slane fainted from low blood sugar, but her co-host kept plugging the Android tab for kids.
Even in the world of home shopping television, the show must go on.
A Sunday night segment with QVC host Dan Wheeler gave viewers a scare when guest host Cassie Slane began patting her chest and then appeared to faint from a medical emergency, video uploaded to YouTube shows.
But even as the cameras cut away from the scene, Wheeler continued talking about the product — barely skipping a beat.
QVC didn’t comment about what had happened, although another host said on Facebook Slane was experiencing the effects of low blood sugar, according to news.ninemsn.com.au.
Slane wrote on her Facebook page Monday that she was “feeling alot better today,” but didn’t elaborate on what happened.
During the segment, Wheeler and Slane were chatting about the FunTab Pro, an Android tablet for kids.
“Kids love tablets. They love playing with tablets, they love the games,” Slane said.
As she continued talking, she stumbled over her words and then patted her chest several times. Finally, she leaned forward, prompting Wheeler to grab her.
“You okay?” Wheeler asked as the screen cut to a picture of the product.
Without explaining what had happened, he launched into a description about the FunTab.
The ill-timed incident left viewers scratching their heads.
“Can you let us know how the presenter for the FabTab Pro Tablet is doing? The poor thing. very frightening to see,” a Facebook user wrote to QVC host Carolyn Gracie, who had joined the rest of the segment with Wheeler.
Gracie replied that Slane was recovering after the scare.
“Cassie is fine now, thank goodness!” she wrote. “She had a couple of fainting spells due to low blood sugar. Poor thing. She is such a nice girl. ”
But others on social media found the whole episode bizarre.
“QVC professionalism rule #1,582: should your co-host grab her chest and fall, keeping selling a cheap Android tablet,” tweeted Jared Eberle.
It was actually the second time Slane collapsed on QVC. In August 2010, she slumped over an e-reader she was presenting, video obtained by LiveLeak shows.