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Fox TV presenter throws axe, misses target and hits drummer on live TV

Published 23/06/2015 | 11:38

A drummer has recounted how he was hit by a flying axe after a Fox TV presenter flung the weapon on a public street.

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Weekly morning news show ‘Fox and Friends’ co-host Pete Hegseth attempted to throw the axe at a target, but instead the weapon went flying and hit a performing drummer behind the target.

The New York West Point drummers, the US Army’s oldest active band, were performing to celebrate Flag Day when the tool came flying towards drummer Jef Prosperie.

Mr Prosperie recounted the incident on Facebook to assure his friends he was recovering after the incident.

“I was hit by an axe while performing a drum solo live on National TV.....words I never imagined saying!,” he wrote online.

“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.”

Writing to a friend, he added: “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 [sic] 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.”

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