Less than a week ago, Australian Channel 7 weatherman Grant Denyer passed out on a fighter jet travelling with a force of 8G, so at least it was a fairly predictable outcome for viewers to tune in to.
On the other hand, Zlata Muck, the host of a show on Croatia’s HTV network, fainted in much more ironic circumstances this Tuesday (26 February). Hosting a live broadcast of the children’s educational programme Skolski Sat (School Hour) on the European country’s national public broadcaster, her stint on the episode of the after-school special was temporarily halted when she collapsed backwards, though did recover enough to come back later in the episode.
Muck, who is reported by local journalists to be three months pregnant, opened the show by beginning a lecture on the importance of oxygen, and how people cannot live without it.
She addressed her young audience at the start of Skolski Sat: “Good morning and welcome to School Hour. Today, the first 35 minutes of our show will be dedicated to one of the most important elements on Earth: oxygen. Without it there…”
Mid-sentence, Muck could not continue speaking, and stumbled backwards, hitting the back of her head on on metal shelves in the set’s background. Stagehands rushed in to assist as producers cut to ‘archive programming’, though Muck (later taken to hospital as a precautionary measure) fortunately recovered enough to close the episode by joking: “Well, now we all saw what happens when you don’t get enough oxygen.”
The episode of Skolski Sat was later re-broadcast with the omission of Zlata Muck’s fainting incident, but it has not been enough to prevent the incident from being uploaded to YouTube for the non-Croatian world to see, including you if you look below. Whether this was all an elaborate part of the lecture or just a huge coincidence, you have to admit that as far as fainting live on-air goes (compared with previous incidents) she really goes for it in the drama stakes…