Tom Brokaw Hospitalized After Accidentally Taking Ambien

In Charlotte N.C. reporting on the DNC, the news anchor was rushed to the hospital after feeling lightheaded

Legendary news anchor Tom Brokaw, 72, was rushed to the hospital on Thursday morning after complaining about feeling lightheaded. Fortunately, the health scare was a false alarm, caused by a medication that Brokaw forgot he took. Phew!

The longtime NBC Nightly News host has been actively reporting on the election for NBC News. He began noticing symptoms on the set of Morning Joe in Charlotte, North Carolina, where the Democratic National Convention is taking place. Brokaw was taken by ambulance to a nearby hospital, and was discharged only hours later.

"After medical evaluation and a round of tests, Tom was pronounced in great health and has been discharged," NBC News president Steve Capus told the press. "We're immensely grateful to the team at Carolinas Medical Center for their excellent care and professionalism.”

Brokaw offered a more detailed -- if slightly embarrassing! -- explanation on his Twitter account.

"All is well Early AM I mistakenly took a half dose of Ambien and made less sense than usual," the journalist joked to his 35,000 followers. "Made a better comeback than Giants..."

Sounds like Brokaw will be back in good form to weigh in on President Obama's big speech tonight.

In addition to reporting on the conventions, Brokaw has been making the rounds to promote his new book, The Time of Our Lives: A Conversation About America. Earlier this week, he matched wits with Jon Stewart on The Daily Show. Watch below!

 
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