Britain’s Got Talent finalist Jonathan Goodwin makes his first TV appearance since a horror stunt left him paralyzed

The stunt for AGT: Extreme was supposed to see the escape artist break free and fall under two cars before they collided, but the vehicles broke loose too soon and he fell 30 feet to the ground, losing the safety airbag underneath.

Appearing on Friday’s Lorraine alongside his fiancee, Sherlock star Amanda Abbington, Jonathan opened up about the accident that left him in a wheelchair.

“I’m not depressed about it. I’m doing as good as I can,” Jonathan said.

“It was pretty twisted. It sounds very dramatic sitting here, but I almost died… I saved my life because I fell face down, head first to the ground, but I didn’t hit my head.”

Jonathan described the emotional moment he told Amanda after the horrific accident that she could end their relationship.

Jonathan Goodwin and Amanda Abbington

“I said, you have a get out of jail free card, if you want to leave then I completely understand and she told me not to be so stupid and that was it,” he said.

Amanda added: “We are closer and united than ever, every day is a joy… Life is too short, that is what I have realized through all this. Just live the moment.

“He is a total inspiration to me. He’s an idiot, but I’m an idiot, so he’s fine,” he joked.

The couple also discussed their upcoming wedding later this year after deciding to get engaged “within half an hour” of first meeting.

Jonathan Goodwin onstage at America's Got Talent and (right) in the hospital after his fall.
Jonathan Goodwin onstage at America’s Got Talent and (right) in the hospital after his fall.

Earlier this week, Amanda detailed the extent of Jonathan’s injuries.

“He fell 30 feet and lost a kidney, broke both shoulder blades, shattered both legs,” he told Jay Rayner on the show. Lunch Podcast.

“Third degree burns, broken spine, severed spinal cord and almost died. And then on the operating table, she nearly died again.

“He has been in rehab since October… He is now paralyzed, in a wheelchair. Unless there is some kind of stem cell surgery or that thing that Elon Musk is designing with the little chip, it will be. [forever].”

NBC promoted AGT: Extreme, an eight-episode spinoff of its hit series America’s Got Talent, as a showcase of “the most outrageous, unique and astonishing acts of enormous scale and magnitude that simply can’t be confined to one theater.” stage”.

Production of the show, which was scheduled to air in 2022, was put on hold after the accident to “focus on the well-being of the crew.”

Lorraine airs Monday to Friday at 9am on ITV and on the ITV Hub.

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