The star was 'unconscious for a long time'

Sky Sports News presenter Kirsty Gallacher has been forced to deny being drunk on air after she rushed to hospital suffering ‘extreme exhaustion mixed with a viral infection’.

The 40-year-old reportedly collapsed in a corridor after being on TV for just 18 minutes where she was taken to West Middlesex University Hospital.

A friend of the star told The Sun: ‘Kirsty was in a bad way. She was unconscious for a long time and doesn’t remember being in the ambulance.’

And another source added: ‘She was just feeling terrible on her way to work. She nearly fainted in make-up and thought the adrenaline of the show would see her through.

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‘But it quickly became apparent that she wasn’t OK. Doctors think it’s extreme exhaustion mixed with a viral infection.’

Poor, Kirsty.

Despite clearly being unwell, many fans watching the Sky Sports segment accused the presenter of being drunk after she had been out to dinner the night before with her team.

Viewers took to Twitter writing that the star was ‘slurring’ her words and ‘struggling’ to get through the hour-long show alongside co-host Jim White, with some even saying she had red wine stains on her teeth.

Err…

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But her spokesperson quickly cleared things up and told Mirror Celebs: ‘She categorically was not drunk.

‘Blood and urine tests at hospital showed no alcohol in her system.’

That settles that, then!

And fans were quick to send their wishes with one concerned follower writing: ‘hope you are ok lovely. Sending hugs xxx,’ and another adding: ‘A true pro & a trooper… Wishing u a speedy recovery a return to full health.’

Following the presenters scary turn, on Thursday (22nd December), Kirsty took to Twitter to let her 387k followers know how she was getting on, writing: ‘Thank you for all your kind messages, feeling bit better, still not 100%. Being ill on live TV is horrid experience.’

‘Thank you to Westmidhospital for your brilliant care. On the mend & hope to back on SkySportsNewsHQ asap.’

We hope so too, get well soon!