When Jessica Robb, a reporter with CTV, was reporting to anchor Nahreman Issa from the field in Edmonton on Sunday, something happened that was both frightening and unexpected.
During her live broadcast, her words stumbled over and she began to lose her balance on the air. She managed to tell the station’s news anchor, “I’m not feeling very well right now.”
“We will make sure that Jessica is OK, and we’ll give you guys an update a little bit later,” Issa says back in the studio.
The station has not yet revealed the cause of her medical episode, but Robb released a statement on Monday saying that it was “in no way related to the COVID-19 vaccine.”
Robb said in a statement, “On Sunday night, a very personal and vulnerable moment unfolded as I reported live on air. Since then, it has been shared thousands of times, along with baseless theories about the cause.”
She also expressed her gratitude to those who have sent kind messages of support and concern. Unfortunately, she also noted that she has received an “overwhelming amount of harassment and hatred” due to false theories about the reason for her medical incident.
“To everyone who has reached out with supportive messages of well wishes and concern, thank you,” she continued. “It has been overwhelming, and while I can’t get to all the messages, please know I’ve seen them and appreciate every single one.
“I have also received an overwhelming amount of harassment and hatred, tied to false theories about the reason for the incident,” Robb said. “While I will not share private medical information publicly, I can say that there is no cause for concern and that my understanding of my own medical background provides a reasonable explanation for what happened.”
A message from Jessica Robb: On Sunday night, a very personal and vulnerable moment unfolded as I reported live on air. pic.twitter.com/WbMNWhsoN7
— CTV Edmonton (@ctvedmonton) January 9, 2023