April 19, 2013 4:27pm PT by Michael O'Connell
'Splash' Star Nicole Eggert Injured in ABC Series' Most Recent Pool Mishap
Celebrity diving might be as dangerous as Splash's early promos promised.
ABC's aquatic reality competition, which already has seen its share of mishaps, has sent another contestant to the doctor after hurting themselves on set. A show rep confirms to The Hollywood Reporter that Nicole Eggert was injured after a bad landing during a Splash taping earlier this week. TMZ was first to report the story, noting that the former Baywatch and Charles in Charge actress was sent to the hospital for treatment and released several hours later. The rep adds that she is consulting with a doctor.
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This isn't the most surprising news considering Splash already has had four contestants suffer injuries -- though, in all fairness, the first (Chuy Bravo) to leave the show fractured his heel at an afterparty for the first taping.
But subsequent snafus have been more serious. Comedian Louie Anderson bruised his ribs during a March practice, professional skier Rory Bushfield ruptured an eardrum during a practice flip and, during Tuesday's episode, model Katherine Webb bowed out because of a back injury that prevented her from no longer taking all of the leaps into the pool.
"I went to the doctor, and unfortunately he told me I'm out for the competition," she said at the top of the most recent broadcast.
Injuries haven't been Splash's only problem. The freshman series, which saw an auspicious start in the ratings with a 2.6 among adults 18-to-49 and 8.8 million viewers, has seen its audience dwindle while up against NBC's The Voice on Tuesday nights. The most recent episode averaged just a 1.1 rating in the key demo and 5.2 million viewers.
Three weeks remain for the series, with the finale set for May 7. Eggert, whose fate on the pretaped show won't likely be revealed until the next broadcast, is one of five remaining contestants. Kareem Abdul-Jabbar, Drake Bell, Brandi Chastain and Bushfield also are still in contention.