The 38-year-old, who co-hosts 2Day FM’s breakfast show Hughesy, Ed & Erin alongside Dave Hughes and Ed Kavalee, was joined by a listener named Linda who also shared her intense fear.
Together, the pair invited a spider handler into the studio and planned on taking turns holding Australian tarantulas on their hands - including one named Peter Parker.
“So Peter Parker, how many people has she killed?” Hughesy asked the handler with a laugh.
“Come on, can you go? Honestly, can you get out?” Erin replied. “Seriously, I wouldn’t do this to you.”
While Linda managed to conquer her fear and keep her cool while a spider moved around on her hands and arms, Erin began having a panic attack when it was her turn.
The sports presenter paced back and forth around the desk and breathed heavily into the microphone, letting out screams whenever the spider came close to her.
At one point, Erin placed her hand on the spider expert’s arm in an attempt to calm herself down, closed her eyes and bent forward while taking deep breaths, before slowly falling onto the ground.
‘That was so dramatic’
“Alright, hang on. We need to go to a break, go to a break!” Hughesy said as his co-host was picked up from the floor.
“Let’s go to a break, absolutely. Let’s go to a break, we need to go to a break! We’ll come back!”
Off-air, Hughesy encouraged other staff members to leave the room and give Erin some space, who began coughing loudly.
Eventually, she came to and admitted she was “so embarrassed” by the incident.
“I don’t even know what’s happened, that’s never happened to me before,” she said. “I’m so sorry, that was so dramatic.”
“It was a very stressful situation,” Hughesy replied.
After the video was shared on social media, a number of viewers took to the comments to commend Erin for her efforts.
“Oh my goodness, poor Erin!” one person wrote, while another added, “Glad you’re ok Erin, good on you for trying”.
“Yeah nah, I’d be passed out on the floor with you Erin,” a third wrote. 'I do hope you’re okay. Some fears are best left to be a fear than facing them.”
“Erin you are so brave! I hope you’re feeling better! You are one step closer to conquering your fear and that’s a massive accomplishment!” a different user remarked.
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