A Fox & Friends segment on timbersports last Sunday went south when co-host Pete Hegseth gave someone the axe. Literally. Ouch!

Hegseth threw the ax for a teaser segment, missing the target completely and hit a marching band member from the West Point Hellcats. The band was playing throughout the show for Flag Day and the Army’s 240th birthday. One of the Hellcats’ lead drummer, Jeff Prosperie, was the one hit by the axe. The incident doesn’t make it into the segment, but viewers can see Hegseth and bystanders looking in shock after the accident, as the band plays to close the segment with Prosperie holding his arm in the background.


As if that wasn’t bad enough Prosperie then had to appear on-camera for an interview with Hegseth about the Hellcats. During the interview Prosperie doesn’t mention the axe accident and doesn’t grab his arm.

But Prosperie is now speaking out. He wrote on Facebook:

"I was hit by an axe while performing a drum solo live on National TV…..words I never imagined saying! This happened last Sunday and I have been reluctant to post but starting to receive inquiries from concerned family and friends. I am thankful to God that the double sided blade only hit broadside on the outer elbow with significant impact and a couple of cuts as it fell along my wrist. It could have been much worse or fatal. Focusing on full physical and emotional recovery."

In another post Prosperie said the accident was a “poor decision” and showed “obvious negligence.” 

“My leadership told me they were told there would be no axe throwing. I think the anchor person went rogue and decided to throw it. He had only thrown it once before in practice for an upcoming segment and they told him to throw it with more force. The vid you see is edited showing the Televised portion of the throw and then edited to a portion that was taken on someone’s phone of us being videoed. The part that was actually televised showed the overthrown axe and then segued to us for the drum solo bump, only showing me walking behind the section holding my arm. The actual part where the axe hit me was not televised. Poor decision, obvious negligence, should not have happened, could have been avoided. When shooting or throwing, always know what is behind your target. Basic safety rule. I’m feeling blessed on Father’s day with my 5 children, alive, and with all limbs.”

[via Mediaite]