12:55 pm - 06/10/2009

Bret Michaels rep blasts Tony Awards following accident

Rep says more concerns would have been shown for Liza or Elton

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A rep for Poison singer Bret Michaels has issued a scathing statement in response to a comment by a Tonys spokesperson following an incident involving the rocker at Sunday night’s ceremony in New York.

Michaels was hit on the head by a descending set piece as he exited the stage, and a Tonys rep said that the incident happened because the singer had “missed his mark”.

Now Michaels’ rep Janna Elias has responded to the comment, saying that Michaels was not warned of the set piece during rehearsals, and that if it had been orElton John that was injured, that more concern would have been shown.

“After a performance by singer Bret Michaels at the Tony Awards Sunday night, he turned to exit the stage and was struck in the head by a descending half-ton stage prop, sweeping him off his feet causing contusions to his face and knocking him to the ground. Even at that point of impact, the heavy prop was still not halted and continued to descend even though Michaels remained underneath it. Witnesses state the singer moved himself out of the way just moments before the prop touched down,” the statement reads, according to antimusic.com.

"With all due respect to everyone working the Tony Awards, somewhere down the line there was a lack of communication and the prop should have been immediately halted until Michaels was clear. Sunday morning at rehearsals, Bret was never informed that the descending set piece existed, let alone would be moving into position as he was exiting the stage."

Although Bret was visibly dazed, he remained extremely calm backstage as members of Poison's road crew brought him a towel to wipe the blood from his face. His only comment at the time was, "What the hell just hit me?" The severity of this injury is not being taken lightly as symptoms from head and neck injuries at first may seem like nothing and sometimes do not present for days. At this time, the full extent of his injuries remain to be seen until all x-rays are back. I find it surprising that a Tony spokesperson would brush off this incident with a comment stating, Mr. Michaels missed his mark,' with no mention of concern for his condition. If everyone at the Tonys were aware that Bret missed his mark, then they should have been aware enough to stop the set piece from hitting him or at least slowed it down until he cleared the stage. I feel had this incident happened to , Dolly Parton or Elton John, the Tonys would have at least issued a letter of concern.”

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are_there_stars 10th-Jun-2009 06:24 pm (UTC)
I seriously thought this was a lady when I first saw this pic.
jesustolemybike 10th-Jun-2009 06:06 pm (UTC)
maybe if he wasnt a washed up has been who doesnt have his own tv show exploiting women just for ratings then more people wouldve cared

grammaire 10th-Jun-2009 06:06 pm (UTC)
Well of COURSE more concern would have been shown for Dolly, Elton or Liza. They are head bitches in the Tony arena, Bret Michaels is NOTHING.

Either way, still hilarious.
ourheavyhearts 10th-Jun-2009 06:33 pm (UTC)
lol seriously. I was going to say that his rep is crazy for thinking he is in the same league as Dolly, Liza, and Elton. He should be thanking his lucky stars that they even had him perform on the show.
jillirific 10th-Jun-2009 06:58 pm (UTC)
why was he even there?

(i don't follow him or the tonys but it seems like a strange mix)
grammaire 10th-Jun-2009 07:12 pm (UTC)
There was a show that was nominated that was based on 80s rock so they were there ~representing~ that show. Or something.
principino 10th-Jun-2009 06:06 pm (UTC)
Hard to deny that someone who's so far away from that world would be taken less seriously, especially someone with Michaels' cartoonish reputation.
jilicious 10th-Jun-2009 06:49 pm (UTC)
This is a perfectly stated and accurate comment and I am impressed.
nevarsuomaf 10th-Jun-2009 06:06 pm (UTC)
It's cuz he makes out with big titty sluts... on television
pecan603 10th-Jun-2009 06:06 pm (UTC)
Dolly Parton & Elton John > Bret Michaels

Stfu Bret. You should not have been there in the first place.
brit78 10th-Jun-2009 06:13 pm (UTC)
Kind of comment twins!
team_britney 10th-Jun-2009 06:23 pm (UTC)
mte!!!! Stage Managers, especially working the Tony's, aren't going to not let him know about the giant set piece that is coming in on top of him. Hello!!
warmred 10th-Jun-2009 11:48 pm (UTC)
yes! it sure looked like everyone else was on the other side going, "BRET! BRET! COMEON!!! The opening's fucking closing on you! COME OVA HEREEEEE!!!!"
hypergraffic 10th-Jun-2009 06:07 pm (UTC)
Well, you shouldn't have been there in the first place. See? =/
saharazaad 10th-Jun-2009 06:07 pm (UTC)
Whatever, that was hilarious.
_______awshucks 10th-Jun-2009 06:07 pm (UTC)
that's what you get for lip syncing your performance
1cupofrpattz 10th-Jun-2009 09:03 pm (UTC)
it seemed more like they turned off his mic lmao. at one point you can see him going "Woo!" and no sound. Loved it.
maniac 10th-Jun-2009 06:07 pm (UTC)
LOL. He's a whiny baby.
abiding 10th-Jun-2009 06:07 pm (UTC)
Next time don't lip sync so horribly, or don't lip sync at all.

Edited at 2009-06-10 06:08 pm (UTC)
damonhyper 10th-Jun-2009 06:19 pm (UTC)
fear_toxin 10th-Jun-2009 06:08 pm (UTC)
Did his hair plugs get jacked?
aeryn 10th-Jun-2009 06:16 pm (UTC)
That's the "extent of the injuries" they're talking about. Make sure those precious puppies weren't damaged.
meepbitch 10th-Jun-2009 08:10 pm (UTC)
When I watch the footage, I see hair coming off *with* the hat, like it was attached to the hat.
bagelofdeath 10th-Jun-2009 06:08 pm (UTC)
He's obnoxious and lame.

edit: I love that EVERYONE hates this guy.

Edited at 2009-06-10 06:09 pm (UTC)
are_there_stars 10th-Jun-2009 06:25 pm (UTC)
lmao I know, no sympathy for him at. all.
23bucks_an_hour 10th-Jun-2009 06:30 pm (UTC)
I don't hate him... I'd love to party with the guy tbh
normalchick 10th-Jun-2009 06:08 pm (UTC)
stop wearing that fucking hat to hold your wig in place and maybe you'll see the GIANT MOVING WALL coming right at you
sinfulroad 10th-Jun-2009 06:19 pm (UTC)
irl lol!
melbrady 10th-Jun-2009 07:47 pm (UTC)
limoncito 11th-Jun-2009 01:42 am (UTC)
hahaha muah!!
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