Television host Howie Mandel was rushed to a Los Angeles hospital Wednesday after he passed out at a Starbucks.
According to a report by TMZ, the America’s Got Talent judge was drinking coffee with his wife and friends at a Starbucks in L.A.’s Woodland Hills neighborhood on Wednesday morning, when he suddenly passed out.
Eyewitnesses told TMZ that he “fell over” before being laid on a cement bench.
In pictures obtained by the celebrity news outlet, Howie Mandel was able to sit up while being treated by Los Angeles Fire Department first responders. The former Deal or No Deal host was then taken to a hospital in nearby Tarzana for treatment.
It was also reported that “sources close” to the TV host said doctors believed he had passed out from low blood sugar. Doctors are said to be running tests on the 65-year-old to figure out exactly what happened.
Those in the Starbucks at the time of the incident told the outlet that Howie is a frequent customer at the Woodland Hills store.
Page Six said that neither Howie’s representatives nor the L.A. Fire Department returned requests for comment.
Wednesday’s events led to Howie’s second hospitalization this week — the TV personality mentioned in a TikTok posted over the weekend that he was recovering from a colonoscopy.
Back-to-back hospital visits in the middle of a pandemic must be especially anxiety-inducing for the comedian, who is a well-known germaphobe and has spoken very publicly about having obsessive-compulsive disorder.
Howie Mandel has said that his OCD takes the form of mysophobia, an extreme fear of dirt and contamination, a persona quirk that he has made light of, especially since the start of the COVID-19 pandemic.
“Some people call it a pandemic, I call it ‘told ya!’” he quipped to Page Six. “I felt responsible in the beginning for the shortage of PPE because I’d been hoarding gloves and masks and hazmat suits for the last 50 years[.]”
“I don’t shake hands and now I’ve taken it to another level: I don’t inhale. I am not inhaling,” he joked to Entertainment Tonight in another pandemic-era interview. “Everybody’s watching, everybody’s aware. Welcome to Howie’s world.”
On March 11, 2020, the same day the World Health Organization declared the coronavirus pandemic, Mandel was spotted by Page Six photographers heading to an America’s Got Talent taping in a hazmat suit and gasmask.
“I live freaked out,” the TV star said of his OCD. “[The pandemic panic] is what is in my head each and every day, every hour of my 64 years on earth. This is it. This is my nightmare, this is how I live and now the world has joined me in my nightmare. I hope we wake up and it’s just mine and not everyone’s. I take no solace in the fact that I was ahead of the curve.”
Howie Mandel has also explained that his struggles have resulted in some of his trademark attributes. He would famously fist-bump contestants on NBC’s Deal or No Deal because handshakes are a “potential trigger.”
“I don’t remember a time when I didn’t feel there was an issue, but I wasn’t diagnosed until adulthood,” Howie Mandel said in a 2011 interview with Ability Magazine, an outlet that focuses on health and disability issues.
“I’ve always felt a little bit different, and I always knew I wasn’t as comfortable with life as everybody else seemed to be, but I didn’t know what I could do about it. When I was a kid, I didn’t know anybody who went to a psychiatrist. There was always a stigma attached to mental health issues. I think there still is. But now I’m taking care of myself.”