The latest televised debate between the two Conservative candidates vying for the next British prime minister was abruptly interrupted on Tuesday evening after the moderator collapsed on stage.
Live broadcast of the debate between on media mogul Rupert Murdoch’s new TalkTV channel was abruptly interrupted around the middle of the hour-long event.
Moments earlier, Ms. Truss broke off in mid-sentence with a shocked expression as the sound of a rumble in front of her engulfed the broadcast.
“My God!” exclaimed a stunned Ms. Truss before leaving her podium and walking to where the debate moderator, TalkTV political editor Kate McCann, was standing off-screen.
TalkTV, launched in April and hosted a debate with The Sun newspaper, later confirmed that Ms. McCann had passed out.
“While she is fine, the medical advice was that we should not continue the debate,” the brief statement said.
Another TalkTV host, Ian Collins, who began broadcasting from the channel’s studio after a short delay, said the candidates were continuing their Q&A session behind the scenes with a small audience attending the debate.
“Glad to hear @KateEMcCann is doing well,” Ms Truss tweeted about an hour after the incident.
“It’s a shame that such a good debate had to end,” she said.
Mr Sunak also tweeted that the “good news” is that the moderator is said to be on the mend.
“It was a great debate and I’m looking forward to having you roast me again soon!” he added.
The event has already suffered a setback after The Sun political editor Harry Cole was forced to step down as co-moderator earlier Tuesday after testing positive for COVID-19.
The debate was the second in 24 hours for Mr Sunak and Ms Truss after the pair got together on Monday night in a heated debate on the BBC.
The duo are in the second round to become the new leader of the Conservatives and therefore prime minister, with around 200,000 members of the ruling party due to vote next month.
The winner, who will replace outgoing Prime Minister Boris Johnson, will be announced on September 5.