Last week, stunt performer Jonathan Goodwin was horribly injured on the set of “America’s Got Talent: Extreme,” to the point that paramedics initially thought he was dead. Thankfully he was not – and he just posted on Instagram from his hospital bed, looking very much like a man who narrowly escaped death.
Goodwin, who appeared on the flagship version of “America’s Got Talent” last year, was performing a truly insane stunt, as he was attempting to escape from a straitjacket while hoisted 70 feet in the air and suspended between two swaying cars. Goodwin got loose from the jacket but then became wedged in between the two cars as he fell (there was an air mattress on the ground to catch him). The impact caused the cars to explode and when Goodwin finally landed, he hit his head.
The Instagram post (seen below) shows Goodwin in his hospital bed, his face badly injured and his arm in a cast, but making a funny face that goes along with the mostly jovial tone of his post. “A couple of days ago my life took a complete left turn… and the outpouring of love from all the corners of the world; from people I didn’t even think would know or remember me… has just been astonishing. Truly incredible,” Goodwin wrote. Later in the post, he wrote: “To death I say nananana boo boo… and to the rest of you… watch this space. There is a long road to recovery and that won’t look like what it did…I may leave the daft shit alone for a while, but I have a lot left to do in this world.”
“AGT: Extreme” doesn’t currently have a premiere date on NBC and it’s unclear if the footage from the accident will be incorporated into the show. The spinoff is judged by WWE superstar Nikki Bella, motocross rider Travis Pastrana and “America’s Got Talent” mastermind Simon Cowell and is hosted by Terry Crews. ““Each week contestants will go head-to-head in the most wild, intense and often times beautiful performances to vie for a $500,000 prize and the ultimate title, the champion of ‘America’s Got Talent: Extreme,’” according to NBC.