“America’s Got Talent: Extreme” has been suspended by NBC after one of the show’s stuntmen was seriously injured when he was crushed between two cars in a stunt that went horribly wrong last week, the channel announced on Sunday.
Daredevil Jonathan Goodwin barely survived after being sandwiched between two vehicles suspended 70 feet in the air, gruesome video of the crash shows.
“In order to focus on the well-being of our team, we will be temporarily halting production of ‘America’s Got Talent: Extreme” and resuming the final days of filming at a later date, a spokesperson for the NBC series said on Sunday. . . “The health and safety of our players and our team continue to be our priority. “
“Our thoughts and prayers are with Jonathan Goodwin and his family as he continues to recover from his accident on Thursday,” the network said.
The near-fatal crash happened at Atlanta Motor Speedway during the rehearsal for NBC’s “America’s Got Talent” spin-off, according to local outlet 11 Alive.
Goodwin was supposed to break free from a straitjacket while swaying between the two swaying cars, TMZ reported. Instead, the cars crashed into the stuntman before exploding into a fireball. Goodwin then fell, hitting his head.
Team members on set believed Goodwin was dead, according to TMZ.
The thrill-seeking Welshman was airlifted to a hospital where authorities said he was responsive but in critical condition. Its current condition is not known.
“AGT: Extreme” began filming its first season earlier this month.
According to an NBC press release, the series “will feature the most outrageous, unique and mind-boggling acts of enormous breadth and magnitude.”
The spin-off winner – judged by WWE star Nikki Bella, X Games gold medalist Travis Pastrana and executive producer Simon Cowell – will receive a grand prize of $ 500,000. No premiere date has been announced.
Goodwin was semi-finalist of season 15 of “America’s Got Talent” in 2020. In 2019, he finished eighth in “Britain’s Got Talent”.