EXCLUSIVE: STEPHEN HAS BEEN INJURED?!
Nation, special alert!! I just received this clip a few seconds ago from an anonymous post-production intern named Justin at Stephen’s studio, and you won’t even believe your eyes when you see it. Believe my eyes for a second though, because what I saw might go down as the Zapruder film of American hero injuries. Apparently this footage is from last night’s show, when Stephen was amping up the crowd before he did his reports. If you have a week stomach, do not watch this. Personally I have a weak stomach, but I just ate, so I felt like it balances itself out. Oh man! I hope Stephen is OK. Check it out!
It’s been rumored that Stephen might possibly get a cast, so if Avery is posting this, maybe he got the cast. We’ll find out in about six minutes.
UPDATE: Well, Nation, it’s a sad day; Stephen really did need to get that cast. Stephen Colbert has, in fact, broken a bone and is now wearing a cast on his left wrist. We wish him a speedy recovery and hope everything mends beautifully. (By the way, Stephen . . . it’s “break a leg,” you know, not a wrist.)
For those of you who are curious, that video of Stephen falling is not actually from last night. The actual date of Stephen’s wrist injury, so far as we can tell from taping reports of people who were in attendance at the time of Stephen’s fall, was June 21st. You may remember a comment that Stephen made at the beginning of the episode on June 21st where he said he was nothing if not light on his feet, and if anyone in the audience was an osteopath to see him after the show. He was referring to this fall.
Here’s an eyewitness account of what happened, from Laaura, one of the Colboard members:
He came running out, as he usually does I assume, and as soon as I got a glimpse of him I was definitely like, “Holy s@#t! It’s Stephen Colbert!” He runs around the back of his desk, and as he is running and basically going to step down from the platform his desk is up on, he just slips, as if on a banana peel, and he falls backwards right on his @ss, yet he also managed to catch himself with his hands a little bit.
I seriously could not believe that he fell. I was just laughing and was shocked like “Is he alright?” He laid there on the floor for a little bit just laughing at himself it seemed and he also seemed a bit shocked himself that he just wiped out. He then got up and staggered over to the front row and basically collapsed I think, in between my uncle and the girl Jess. Then he mangaged to maneuver himself so that his whole body was completely lying across the front row. …
As Stephen was laying there he was still laughing at himself it seemed and he asked if anyone had any questions and I said a couple times, “Are you alright? Are you alright?” Though I know that he totally couldn’t hear me. I then sort of reached over and touched his shoe while I was asking that. Completely psycho move, but I couldn’t contain myself, I guess I just wanted to touch the shoe that just made him wipeout. Haha.
When he finally managed to stand up he was all, “who was that who caught me? You have soft hands” …
More eyewitness accounts are available on the Colboards.
Get well soon, Stephen! – Ms I
What she said – DB
Update II (7/27/2007 8:59a CST)
Here’s the video from last night’s show, which includes Stephen’s narration of the event (“Whoo! This is going to be a great show! Whoo! Great show! Everybody get up for the show tonight! Whoo! What a great audience! Whoo! It’s gonna be the Colbert Nat…. Oh my God! Oooh, I’ve hurt my wrist very badly. Oh please, no one post this on YouTube!”). It’s been suggested a few different places that the reason that Stephen chose a Beyonce song for the music played during the fall is the fact that Beyonce took a nasty fall at a July 24th concert. The NME online reports:
Beyonce took a dramatic fall down a flight of stairs at her concert in Orlando, Florida yesterday (July 24).
The star was in the middle of performing a song when she tripped and fell head-first down several stairs, drawing gasps from the audience.
The singer, who was wearing high heels and a red trench coat, immediately picked herself back up and continued dancing and singing ‘Ring The Alarm’.
After the song, Beyonce quickly left the stage. She soon returned to continue the show, and joked with the audience, “Don’t put it on You Tube,” reports E! Online.
The audience didn’t comply with her request, as several videos of the incident have appeared on the site.
Update III (7/27/2007 4:00p CST)
The story has hit the AP wire (“Stephen Colbert Says He Broke Wrist on Set of TV Show Before Taping“). But the story got the date wrong.
From the article:
The host of “The Colbert Report” revealed on Thursday night’s show that he broke his left wrist while running around the New York studio before taping a recent episode. Colbert removed a large “No. 1” foam hand to unmask a small cast.
“I didn’t want to draw attention to it. I didn’t want to play on your sympathy,” Colbert said before dramatically grimacing.
The fall happened June 27, before the show went on a two-week hiatus, a spokesman for Comedy Central said Friday. Colbert, 43, was only recently fitted with a cast.
The accident happend on June 21, not the 27th, as witnessed by multiple attendees (mentioned above).