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Take My Breath Away

Jessica Simpson falls ill during Oprah taping. She's home in L.A. and feeling better, her rep says, after succumbing to a stomach virus

Maybe she ate some bad tuna or buffalo wings. Jessica Simpson took ill with a stomach virus while taping an Oprah episode on Monday and was briefly hospitalized in Chicago, People reports. Brad Cafarelli, a publicist for the 24-year-old singer-reality star confirmed Simpson's brief ailment but said she was well enough to return home to Los Angeles the next day. ''While Jessica was in Chicago shooting a segment for Oprah, she contracted a stomach virus and became dehydrated,'' Cafarelli told People. ''She is already feeling better after being checked into, and released from, a local hospital for re-hydration before flying back to Los Angeles.''

The Newlyweds star had been shooting a segment called ''Red Carpet Makeovers with Jessica Simpson'' for the episode, which will air Friday (two days before the Oscars) and which also features appearances by Lara Flynn Boyle and Ashanti. Here's one tip we've heard from veteran red-carpet strollers: You're not going to get a snack break during the lengthy awards show, so eat and drink something healthy before your arrival.

Originally posted Feb 23, 2005