Kate McCann makes light of her on-stage collapse on her return

‘Thank goodness I’m sitting down’: Kate McCann makes light of her on-stage collapse in last night’s Tory leadership debate as she returns to screens

  • Journalist has returned to The News Desk today, filling in as planned for regular presenter, Tom Newton Dunn 
  • Kate McCann fainted while hosting a debate between Liz Truss and Rishi Sunak on TalkTV last night 
  • Reacting to news of her return, fellow TalkTV host Piers Morgan wrote: ‘You didn’t dent my studio floor, right?’ 

Tory leadership debate host Kate McCann has returned this evening after fainting last night in front of a stunned Liz Truss and Rishi Sunak.

Ms McCann is presenting The News Desk this evening, filling in as planned for regular presenter, Tom Newton Dunn, she joked ‘after all the excitement from last night’s leaders debate, thank goodness I’m sitting down’.

The host is discussing Rishi Sunak’s U-turn to scrap VAT on energy bills, McDonald’s rising the price of a cheeseburger and rail strikes next month.

Revealing the news, the journalist tweeted: ‘Well that wasn’t how last night was supposed to end! Thanks everyone for the lovely messages❤️- I’m fine now – and apologies to @trussliz and @RishiSunak for cutting the debate short. Tonight I’ll be unpicking the debate with some new polling from 7pm ( …yes, sat down!)’ 

Reacting to her announcement, fellow TalkTV host Piers Morgan joked: ‘You didn’t dent my studio floor, right?’ 

Today it emerged the channel is holding an inquest into why there was no ‘plan B’ to keep the debate on air – with other presenters on hand to jump in and take Ms McCann’s place. 

‘There were plenty of experienced on-screen talent already there who felt they could have taken over – they could have winged it,’ a source told the I.

‘All the News UK bigwigs were there. There was a panicked pow-wow. Some said ”who can we get to fill in?” but they decided against it.’ 

It came as video emerged of the reaction in the ‘Spin Room’ to the incident, with onlookers including Deputy Prime Minister Dominic Raab filmed staring at the screen in silence. One man is seen with one hand cradling his head and the other holding the person next to him. 

Ms McCann fainted as Ms Truss was answering a question around half-an-hour into the TalkTV/The Sun event. 

A loud noise caused the clearly worried Foreign Secretary to hold her face in shock as she exclaimed: ‘Oh my God!’. Ms Truss was then seen leaving her podium and walking towards where Ms McCann had been standing. Mr Sunak also went over to hold her hand. 

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.’

There was a long pause in the broadcast while viewers wondered what had happened in the studio, before a ‘medical issue’ was cited as being the cause of the disturbance and the rest of the event was cancelled.     


Kate McCann announced the news on Twitter, prompting fellow TalkTV host Piers Morgan to joke: ‘You didn’t dent my studio floor, right?’

Ms McCann (pictured last night) will present The News Desk this evening, filling in as planned for regular presenter, Tom Newton Dunn, TalkTV said

Video filmed by GMB’s Richard Gaisford shows onlookers including Deputy Prime Minister Dominic Raab staring intently at the screen following the interruption 

One man is seen with one hand cradling his head and the other holding the person next to him

There are about 20 seconds of almost total silence inside the room – which is set aside for reporters to quiz debate participants and their supporters

Ms McCann, who left her role as political correspondent at Sky News to join TalkTV as its political editor in January, is a highly popular figure among Westminster journalists, and considered a ‘rising star’ in her industry. 

The presenter, who is in her early thirties, graduated from Newcastle University in 2009 with a degree in Politics, and after a short stint as a parliamentary researcher joined the Guardian. 

After short stints as a political correspondent at financial newspaper City AM and as a Whitehall correspondent at The Sun, she joined the Telegraph as one of its top political reporters. 

Among her other achievements, Ms McCann was chair of the Press Gallery in 2018. She was only the second woman to hold the title in over 200 years.

Talking to Press Gazette about her move to TalkTV earlier this year, Ms McCann said she was excited the network is able to ‘rip up all the rules and start again’.

She added that her family motto, which felt appropriate for the new venture, is: ‘Dare to be different.’

Discussing Ms McCann’s appointment, Scott Taunton, CEO of News UK Broadcasting, said that the journalist was ‘the perfect choice’ to be its political editor’.

He added that she is ‘one of the sharpest rising stars in the Lobby’.

Kate was highly commended at the Press Awards in 2017 for obtaining a copy of the Labour manifesto – the first time a party’s manifesto had been leaked to a newspaper in its entirety. 

Fellow journalists have sent their best wishes to Ms McCann following last night’s incident – which happened as she was presenting alone after co-host Harry Cole contracted Covid. 

Piers Morgan wrote: ‘I’ve seen some sneaky ways to make yourself the biggest star at @TalkTV but this is ridiculous @KateEMcCann – seriously, glad you’re OK.

‘You were brilliant until this happened, and will be brilliant in the rematch.’

Friends said Ms McCann was doing well today following last night’s incident (she is pictured with Rishi Sunak and Liz Truss) 

Mr Sunak, Ms Truss and Ms McCann before the start of yesterday’s showdown at Ealing Studios, west London

Kate McCann is a highly popular figure among Westminster journalists, and considered a ‘rising star’ in her industry 

Fellow TalkTV host Tom Newton Dunn said: ‘I know from working with @KateEMcCann every night that she is one of the very best in the business at holding politicians to account.

‘She proved that in the first half hour of the debate, and she will prove that again. She is a fantastic talent and I’m hugely proud of her.’

And Sky News presenter Kay Burley added: ‘@KateEMcCann was doing a sensational job. So relieved to hear she’s OK. I’m sure the candidates will return to continue the debate under her expert stewardship. Get some rest Kate x.’ 

Ms McCann’s dramatic moment tonight happened as Ms Truss was answering a question around half-an-hour into the TalkTV/The Sun event.        

A loud noise caused the clearly worried Foreign Secretary to hold her face in shock as she exclaimed: ‘Oh my God!’. Ms Truss was then seen walking towards where Ms McCann was standing, while Mr Sunak went over to hold her hand. 

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.’ 

A worried Liz Truss reacts as a large crash was heard in the TalkTV studio during her live debate with Rishi Sunak

The loud noise caused the Foreign Secretary to hold her face in shock as she exclaimed: ‘Oh my God!’

There was subsequently a long pause in the broadcast while viewers wondered what had happened in the studio, before a ‘medical issue’ was cited as being the cause of the disturbance.

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.’

Both Tory leadership candidates raised the prospect of resuming their debate on TalkTV at a later date.

Posting to Ms 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 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.’    

The Foreign Secretary and ex-Chancellor were going head-to-head for a second time in two days

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.’

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