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Posted at 9:20 AM ET, 02/18/2011

Serene Branson: stricken TV reporter explains her Grammys nightmare

By Lisa de Moraes

Serene Branson -- the LA TV reporter who managed to upstage Lady Gaga on Grammy night -- is making the rounds of CBS infotainment shows on Friday. Branson is the reporter for the Los Angeles CBS station, who became a news story when she abruptly began speaking gibberish on air while covering the Grammy Awards, which aired on the CBS network last Sunday.

Serene Branson. (CBS)

Video of her brief, disturbing report became a minor Web sensation as people began speculating what had happened.

Since the station she works for is owned by the network, CBS, understandably is getting the first crack at Branson interviews. This morning, she went on the network's "The Early Show" to discuss the incident, which has been diagnosed not as a minor stroke as all those armchair medics had guessed, but a "complex migraine."

She told "The Early Show's" Erica Hill:

"I know what was going through my mind at that time...I was terrified. I was scared, I was confused. I didn't know what was going on...I knew something wasn't right as soon as I opened my mouth...I hadn't been feeling well a little bit before the live shot. I had a headache, my vision was very blurry. I knew something wasn't right, but I just thought I was tired. So when I opened my mouth, I thought, 'This is more than just being tired. Something is terribly wrong.' I wanted to say, 'Lady Antebellum swept the Grammys.' And I could think of the words, but I could not get them coming out properly."

If you missed it, don't worry -- she's going on CBS's "The Talk" this afternoon.

By Lisa de Moraes  | February 18, 2011; 9:20 AM ET
Categories:  TV News  
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