On June 14, Fox & Friends co-host Pete Hegseth was caught on camera mistakenly hitting drummer Jeff Prosperie from West Point’s Hellcats marching band with a thrown axe during a timbersports segment gone wrong. Mediaite notes that the moment at which the axe hits the bystander was not shown in Fox News’ original broadcast, but footage of it, seen above, was later posted online by Prosperie.
Prosperie posted the video on his Facebook page along with the following description, “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.”
Prosperie continued in a Facebook comment, “We were doing commercial bumps on Fox and Friends Sunday morning celebrating the Army’s 240th birthday and flag day. 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.”
After the incident, Prosperie recovered and performed an interview with Fox & Friends in which he discussed the history of the Hellcats. However, the axe accident was not mentioned on-air during the subsequent segment.