Fox & Friends co-host Pete Hegseth completely missed the mark during last Sunday’s broadcast of the show.
In footage that surfaced Monday, Hegseth teases an upcoming segment by throwing an ax at a target, but the ax misses and flies over, hitting the arm of a bystander instead. The victim, a member of West Point’s Hellcats marching band, was playing a drum routine nearby in honor of Flag Day.
Though the televised broadcast didn’t show the full incident, the iPhone footage below shows the moment of impact.
On June 20, the victim Jim Prosperie posted about the incident on his Facebook page, writing, “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.”
He added, “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.”