Hugh Jackman Drops In On ‘The Oprah Winfrey Show’

... and he almost loses an eye!

Last week we got to see some of the first photos of Oprah Winfrey‘s first visit to Australia ahead of a series of special episodes of The Oprah Winfrey Show which are being taped there this week. Today’s show, which was taped yesterday in Oz, featured a guest appearance by famous Aussie Hugh Jackman. He thought it would be neat to drop in on Oprah by way of zip line … and he almost lost an eye in the process. Here are a few photos and the gory deets of his ill-fated stunt:

As far as entrances go, it was certainly a painful one. Action man Hugh Jackman was left with a bad cut under his eye after sliding down a cable from the top of the Sydney Opera House towards a giant outdoor stage where Oprah Winfrey was recording the second of her Australian shows. But the 42-year-old actor failed to stop, crashing into the stage’s light rigging and hurting his face. After being lowered from the 100-yard zip wire, paramedics rushed onto the stage to tend to him, with all the drama being captured live on television. One of the medics even gave him a hug as host Oprah rushed over, suspending her show while the X-Men star was treated. ‘I’m not 100 per cent, actually,’ he said as he struggled to free himself from the harness while dangling 30ft in the air. ‘I’ve hurt my eye – it’s not bad. I’m really sorry about this.’ As blood began to run down his cheek from a bad cut below his right eye, Oprah hurried across to him and called for aid. ‘Let’s take a break and get some ice,’ she said. No less than six paramedics took Jackman off the stage as he held a towel to his face.

D’oh! I mean … talk about embarrassing stunts. Poor Hugh. It’s bad enough that he had to injure himself on camera but to do so on one of the planet’s most popular talk shows which is getting even more attention due to the special nature of being taped in Australia … poor Hugh. Well, the embarrassment doesn’t end with mere photos. After the jump, check out video of Hugh‘s exciting yet painful stunt …


Aww … poor Hugh. I hope he wasn’t injured too badly and that he will heal right as rain as quickly as possible.

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  1. Meghan

    Dammit Oprah! He could have lost an eye!

  2. Panti Christ

    He was supposed to have a parachute to provide some drag in this stunt, but alas, it was accidentally placed in Oprah’s wardrobe!

  3. krissy

    I feel so bad, but I can’t stop laughing at this! It is too bad he got hurt, and hopefully it wasn’t anything serious with his eye.

  4. Cee

    Why, Hugh? I just don’t get why, as Aussies, we’re made to look like adventure mongers? I mean, I know Hugh ig ace, but a little OTT, no?

  5. bloodyneptune

    He plays action/adventure characters, so he made an entrance based on that. Not because he’s aussie.

  6. Mr. Gyllenhaal

    @ Panti Christ…..I had something funny to say but you said it all! That was amazing!!!! He is hot even with only one working eye!

  7. Debho

    lolol@Panti Christ.
    Well, Hughie looks fine this morning. Just saw his gorgeous self on Sunrise as he was hanging out at Bondi. Of course he was wearing sunnies, but the muscle shirt and boardies were a good enough distraction. And even more fabulous was the fact that he got into a Kombi van and drove off.

  8. Poor Hugh! Of all people, I’m sure he’s one to be able to laugh his whole incident off! Man, even with this stunt, he is still the hottest celeb in my book!

  9. Josh

    Handled with such class as u would expect and what a beautiful kombi he got in this morning I want it !

  10. Lisa

    Ouch! That looked scary. I am really enjoying all of Hugh’s fellow Aussies on here. You’re too funny.

  11. Darcy

    I feel awful for Hugh, but cannot concentrate on anything but Oprah’s horrible, horrible outfit. It looks like a cross between a 1800′s school marm and a bad 80′s bridesmaid dress. Fire your stylist, Oprah!

  12. criss

    my dearest hugh!! oprah was an idiot for asking himto do that on tv , he could have lost his eye!

  13. Terry

    He is very classy, to continue in shooting afterwards and even say “It´s my fault” and apologize. Not everybody would have done that. I am glad he is OK.

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