Contrary to speculation and a few reports, KCBS 2 Los Angeles reporter Serene Branson did not suffer a stroke during a live post-Grammy segment. Branson, the multi-Emmy nominated reporter, appeared normal when 11:30P P.M. newscast was thrown to her from the studio hosts, but one she began speaking her speech turned to incoherent gibberish.
Branson begins with what sounds like: “Well, a very, very heavy burtation tonight,” from there it just gets much worse until the station switches to a pre-taped segment.
KCBS released a statement today that Branson was examined by paramedics on the scene immediately following the broadcast, but was not taken to a hospital. “Her vital signs were normal,” the statement said. “She was not hospitalized. As a precautionary measure, a colleague gave her a ride home, and she says she is feeling fine this morning.” Later in the day the indicated that Branson went to see a doctor on Monday for additional tests.
If Branson didn’t suffer a stroke or other physical malady it’s even harder to understand exactly what when wrong. It seems from the video that even Branson realized it was all going wrong, but she seemed powerless to correct her unintelligible speech. Hopefully Branson will be able to explain it to viewers at some point.
Video of Branson’s verbal meltdown is below.