Australian radio host, Erin Molan fainted on air while facing her fear of spiders.
On Wednesday morning’s episode of 2Day FM’s “Hughesy, Ed & Erin,” an Australian radio show, Molan, 40, confronted her arachnophobia head-on during a segment about facing fears, and she never expected the outcome.
As shown in the clip, below, which was shared on the radio show’s Instagram account, the presenter, along with a listener named Linda, were challenged with not only being in the presence of spiders, but also holding them in their hands.
In the video, The spider handler then assured Molan and the listener that the spiders wouldn’t hurt them, and stressed that they make sure to “breathe.”
Molan was seemingly saying “They are about to put the spider on us, ” and she seemed very anxious already.
The listener was up first. Although she appeared nervous, she seemingly remained somewhat calm as she held the spider, an Australian feather-legged tarantula.
At the same time, Erin’s anxiety appeared to be building, as her turn was approaching. She began moaning in distress and struggled to breathe, seemingly starting to have a panic attack.
When it was her turn and another handler approached her with the spider, she screamed, jumped back, and cursed. She continued to try to breathe as the first handler attempted to calm her.
“If you want to stop, you can stop,” Molan’s co-host Dave Hughes, also known as “Hughesy,” told her as she gripped the handler’s arm tightly and was struggling to stand.
“If you don’t feel comfortable, we don’t have to [do it]. That’s not a problem at all,” the handler assured her, before Hughes asked his co-host if she wanted to stop, to which she replied that she wanted to continue.
“The most important thing is that you feel safe and you feel comfortable,” the handler added. Almost immediately, Molan fainted, falling to the ground. It’s unclear if she had the spider on her before she fainted.
“We need to go to a break! Go to a break! Let’s go to break, absolutely. We need to go to a break,” Hughes said, with a producer off-camera then instructing everyone to get “out of the studio.”