Billy Crystal Reveals Sneeze Injury That Led Him to Postpone 'Jimmy Kimmel Live!' Appearance

"It's not an injury that you want to brag about."

Billy Crystal stopped by Jimmy Kimmel Live! on Monday, for an interview that had been postponed by what he calls "the weirdest injury ever."

"I'm glad to see you are feeling well because you were supposed to be here last month," Kimmel told Crystal.

The night before he was meant to appear on Kimmel, Crystal said it was around 8:30 p.m. and getting to be close to his bedtime. "I sneeze, but a violent sneeze," said Crystal. "Folks, if it were a cartoon my arms are flying off my body, my eyes are coming out of my head, people in the room are now naked because I blew their clothes off.'

He fell asleep and two hours later he woke up and was in pain, struggling to breathe. "I sound like a little kid caught in a lie," said Crystal, mimicking how he sounded and joking that it's how the Hawaiian language was created. 

As it turns out, he tore a rib muscle from sneezing. "It's not an injury that you want to brag about," he said, "I didn't rescue a woman out of a burning car."

Crystal said sneezing can be dangerous, adding that Sammy Sosa once sneezed so hard he missed three-and-a-half months of the baseball season.

 

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