CNN abruptly interrupted its broadcast on Thursday night when host Wolf Blitzer seemed to experience physical distress during an interview on “The Situation Room.”
As Blitzer spoke to Democratic Rep. Jamie Raskin of Maryland about the U.S. Supreme Court’s decision to address the case involving former President Donald Trump’s 2024 ballot access, viewers noticed Blitzer initially struggling to catch his breath.
Raskin continued speaking, and Blitzer appeared visibly uncomfortable, prompting CNN producers to cut away 70 seconds after the distress became apparent. The network transitioned to a pre-recorded promotion for a Jake Tapper special on former vice-presidential and presidential candidate John Edwards. Paula Reid took over the show, informing viewers that Wolf had stepped away temporarily.
“Wolf had to step away, he’ll be back, but there is other news we’re following here in ‘The Situation Room,’” she said before shifting the discussion to Tucker Carlson’s interview with Russian President Vladimir Putin.
“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
Blitzer later took to the social media platform X to assure his followers that he was okay. However, he did not explain what had occurred or why he was forced to leave the set.
“I’m fine! Thanks for the well wishes,” he posted. “I’ll see you back in the Situation Room soon.”
I’m fine! Thanks for the well wishes. I’ll see you back in the Situation Room soon.
— Wolf Blitzer (@wolfblitzer) February 9, 2024
As of now, CNN has not issued a statement regarding the incident or clarified whether Blitzer is facing a serious medical issue.
Blitzer had recently returned to his show earlier in the week after taking some time off, as announced on Monday. Before the Thursday show, he shared an image of himself behind his desk, expressing his enthusiasm for reporting the news.
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
Blitzer, with a media career spanning 52 years, has been part of CNN since the early 1990s. Before joining CNN 33 years ago, he worked as a correspondent in Israel for the news wire service Reuters in Tel Aviv, beginning in 1972. Afterward, he served as The Jerusalem Post’s Washington, D.C. correspondent.