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QVC’s Hughes Keeps Selling When Co-Host Faints

QVC host Dan Hughes isn’t helping salesmen win any popularity contests. On Sunday, Hughes kept the pitch going despite his guest host fainting mid production.

Cassie Slane joined Hughes to sell a kid-friendly Android tablet on the network, but ended up fainting before the segment was completed. Before slumping to the ground, Slane began to pat her chest and appeared disoriented, prompting Hughes to ask her if she was okay. A quick-thinking cameraman cut to a shot of the Funtab Pro when Slane slumped to the ground. QVC’s Carolyn Gracie replaced Slane and finished the segment with Hughes.

QVC fans were quick to weigh in on Hughes reaction, or lack thereof, on Hughes’ Facebook page.

“Woman faints into your arms & you keep selling crap…Very disappointed in your response to her emergency…What a guy….!!!” posted one FB user. Another added: “How could anyone [who] watched this happen to someone, and continue to let the show go on? It’s all about the money!!!!! I hope she is ok.”

Slane is reportedly doing fine and the fainting spell was attributed to low blood sugar. She eased viewer’s concerns on her FB page on Monday writing, “Thanks to everyone for your kind words. I am feeling alot [sic] better today!”

QVC did not comment on whether the incident affected sales of the tablet.

 Slane, the mother of three, was explaining how much kids enjoy playing with the Android tablet when she began having trouble. “Kids love tablets. They love playing with tablets, they love the games,” Slane said, before she patted her chest and tried to continue. But it was clear that she was not feeling well. Hughes grabbed her arm and asked her, “You okay?”
His concern was short-lived, however, and he continued where the two left off. Wrote one tumblr. user about the incident: “I’ll but anything [Hughes’] selling that isn’t compassion.”
Slane isn’t the first person to faint on live TV. YouTube features more than a dozen videos of news anchors, weathermen and people being interviewed fainting during live tapings.

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