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Hugh Jackman Injured on 'Oprah' Set in Australia

by Catherine Lawson, posted Dec 14th 2010 6:20AM
Hugh Jackman reacts after injuring his eyeOprah-mania's reached fever-pitch in Sydney, Australia where she's been taping shows for the final season of 'The Oprah Winfrey Show.'

Thousands of screaming fans have been attending the tapings, at an outdoor set at the Sydney Opera House, which has been renamed the "Oprah House" for the occasion. And it's been reported that one of Oprah's star guests, Australian actor Hugh Jackman, was injured taping a segment there.

According to The Sydney Morning Herald, Jackman had been attempting to enter the stage in dramatic fashion with a ride on the flying fox -- a heavy-duty wire set with a harness and handle assembly that slides on wheels -- when he hit the brakes too late and slammed into rigging.

"I'm not 100 per cent, actually," Jackman said, after struggling to free himself from his harness while dangling 30 feet in the air. "I've hurt my eye; it's not bad. I'm really sorry about this."

Jackman was removed from the set bleeding from underneath his right eye, and taping for the show was supended to ensure that he received proper medical attention. He later returned and carried on with his scheduled interview segment, sporting an adhesive bandage over the wound and a black eye, but appearing otherwise unshaken.

Oprah's eight-day tour Down Under with 302 of her audience members is due to end today, and in order to accommodate all the stars who wanted to appear on the the show, producers upped the number of episodes taped from two to four. Oprah's been joined on the set by, among others, Russell Crowe, Jay-Z and the family of the late Steve Irwin.

However successful the tour's been, it's also been dogged by controversy. Many Australians were critical of their government's decision to underwrite the tour to the tune of $5 million in the hopes of boosting tourism. But, according to the New York Post, it may have been a smart investment: At her current rates of $100,000 for a 30-second ad, $5 million buys 25 minutes of TV commercials, which works out at almost 10 percent of the airtime for the four episodes.

And Oprah -- whose production company is said to have spent $7 million on the tour -- declared that "I have named myself an unofficial ambassador for Australia and I have the biggest mouth on earth. ... It is immeasurable what four hours of a love festival about your country, broadcast in 145 countries around the world can do."

Last week, Tourism Australia chief Andrew McEvoy estimated the event had already raked in $17 million worth of coverage for Australia even before Oprah and her entourage had arrived. The Australian shows will air in the US in January.

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Mike

What a "stupid pet trick."

December 14 2010 at 8:39 PM Report abuse rate up rate down Reply
Mike

"Oprah House"? Does this woman's ego know no bounds?

December 14 2010 at 1:41 PM Report abuse rate up rate down Reply
K925

Here's the link to the video http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Iu88d2WcQF4

December 14 2010 at 6:29 AM Report abuse rate up rate down Reply

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