A Los Angeles meteorologist fainted during a live TV segment on Saturday morning and later provided an update that she’s doing well.
Alissa Carlson, who works for CBS affiliate station KCAL-TV in Los Angeles, collapsed during a live morning report.
In a clip of the incident uploaded on Twitter, KCAL anchors Nichelle Medina and Rachel Kim introduce Carlson for her segment on the weather. Carlson is seen smiling before her eyes roll back and she slumps forward.
Medina and Kim initially don’t notice, but after several seconds, Medina tells viewers that “we’re going to take a quick break right now.” Then, the network cut to a commercial.
KCAL issued an update after the incident saying that “Carlson was about to start her weather forecast this morning when she fainted,” and “our team jumped in to help and comfort her while waiting for medical help to arrive.” The local broadcaster also thanked viewers for their well-wishes and prayers.
“All of us at KCAL News want thank you for your thoughts and prayers after Meteorologist Alissa Carlson fainted during our morning newscast,” the outlet posted on Twitter Saturday. “Alissa is now resting and recovering. She says she’s going to be okay.”
All of us at KCAL News want thank you for your thoughts and prayers after Meteorologist Alissa Carlson fainted during our morning newscast. Alissa is now resting and recovering. She says she’s going to be okay.
— KCAL News (@kcalnews) March 18, 2023
On her Facebook page, Carlson issued similar messages. “Thanks for all the texts, messages, and calls!” she wrote Saturday, hours after the incident.. “I’m going to be ok!”
In her public messages, Carlson did not elaborate on why she slumped over.
“Thanks for all the kind wishes as I recover from a head injury,” Carlson wrote Sunday. “I am out of the hospital and doing ok. Lots of sleeping and even some pizza-TY.”
Previously, Carlson said she had experienced a similar episode in 2014 when she was working at another local television network. According to reports, she vomited on set during a weather report and was later diagnosed with a leaky heart valve.
On her Instagram page, Carlson wrote over the weekend that the on-air health scare wasn’t caused by her heart issue.
“Thankfully, it’s not my heart this time,” Carlson wrote, without elaborating. “I have over a hundred text messages, and they keep coming so If I don’t respond, that’s why.”
“I want to thank [Schwarz’s] co-workers who took immediate action to comfort Alissa and call 911,” CBS Los Angeles Vice President Mike Dello Stritto told TMZ. “Alissa is being treated at the hospital right now. Hopefully we’ll know more shortly. In the meantime, Alissa will be in our thoughts and we’re praying for her to be feeling much better soon.”