CNN abruptly cut from a live broadcast Thursday night due to anchor Wolf Blitzer appearing sick on air during an interview with Rep. Jamie Raskin (D-MD).
Blitzer was speaking with the Maryland congressman on “The Situation Room” about the U.S. Supreme Court hearing arguments over Donald Trump’s ballot eligibility in Colorado.
As Raskin spoke, it appeared Blitzer was in physical distress.
The network pulled the live broadcast and suddenly went to a commercial.
After the quick commercial, CNN’s Paula Reid took over the broadcast.
“Wolf had to step away,” Reid said.
“Wolf had to step away.” Watch Wolf Blitzer’s face carefully. He goes into some sort of physical distress while on live TV, CNN abruptly cuts to a commercial, then returns with another anchor. Blitzer has since posted, “I’m fine!”. (Video: CNN) pic.twitter.com/OQm04Igioq
— Mike Sington (@MikeSington) February 9, 2024
According to Mediaite, it appeared Blitzer vomited before CNN cut to commercial.
As Blitzer listened to Raskin on The Situation Room, he could be seen exhibiting a number of pained expressions, seemingly struggling to stop himself from vomiting.
Nearly a full minute later, CNN producers appeared to catch on to Blitzer’s situation and cut his feed, leaving Raskin to continue with his remarks on his own.
Seconds later, vomit-like sounds could be heard before Raskin was cut off mid-sentence and the show abruptly jumped into a commercial.
After the break, CNN chief legal affairs correspondent Paula Reid appeared in Blitzer’s place and announced that “Wolf had to step away” and would “be back.”
Blitzer, however, did not return before the end of his show.
“I’m fine! Thanks for the well wishes. I’ll see you back in the Situation Room soon,” Blitzer wrote on social media Thursday night.
I’m fine! Thanks for the well wishes. I’ll see you back in the Situation Room soon.
— Wolf Blitzer (@wolfblitzer) February 9, 2024
On Monday, Blitzer said it was good to be back after a few days off.
“After a few days off, it’s good to be back today reporting the news in The Situation Room,” Blitzer wrote.
After a few days off, it’s good to be back today reporting the news in The Situation Room. pic.twitter.com/UU9nfsDX44
— Wolf Blitzer (@wolfblitzer) February 5, 2024
The Washington Times added:
The incident led to a mix of worried inquiries and lighthearted jokes from viewers on social media platforms, with some users creatively connecting Mr. Blitzer‘s sudden bout of illness to the political discourse.
One online wag quipped that “Raskin’s LIES are enough to make anyone vomit.”
The network said Mr. Blitzer “was not feeling his best” that afternoon in a statement to Will Sommer, a journalist with The Washington Post.