10 million fans tuned in for a fantastic stunt. Instead, they saw an almost fatal accident. It was live o...
10 million fans tuned in for a fantastic stunt. Instead, they saw an almost fatal accident. It was live on Wetten Dass – translated ‘Wanna Bet?’ – a game show where contestants perform stunts while celebrities bet on their success. Here’s a look at Samuel Koch’s accident on Wetten Dass. A warning: it’s pretty graphic.
(Koch raises his hand, signaling the car to move forward. He jumps over it, but lands on his head. Audience gasps. Hosts yell for help and rush to his side while he lays unconscious.)
On CBS, Jeff Glor explains how the stunt was supposed to work.
GLOR: “The 23-year-old stuntman was supposed to jump over a moving car, driven by his father, wearing spring loaded stilts on Saturday. But he hit the car and he was knocked unconscious.”
The game show has been on air for 30 years. But the Montreal Gazette speculates – this could be the end.
“The future of the show now appears uncertain, with critics saying the stunts had become more and more dangerous over the years as ZDF has battled for viewers.”
The cameras rolled as paramedics rushed in and the audience stood by -- shocked. But Popeater says the risk wasn’t lost on show insiders.
“Longtime host Gottschalk had actually introduced Koch by telling the audience he felt worried for the young man's safety after watching rehearsals of the stunt: ‘I have never been so scared...I hope all goes well.’”
And NBC looks at what happened when the cameras went black.
ALEXANDER: “Back in the studio, the show was pulled off the air—the audience, stunned.”
AUDIENCE MEMBER: “It couldn’t go on like that (the woman says) we’re all shocked.”
ALEXANDER: “The show’s host spoke publicly later that night.”
GOTTSCHALK: “I talked to the young man at dinner. He reassured me he was looking forward to this. I’m so sorry it ended this way.”
Cameron Diaz, Phil Collins and Justin Bieber were all scheduled to appear after the stunt. But Bieber tweeted…
“...we all don't think it is right to continue. Please pray for Samuel Koch & his family as we wait and hope for his health and safety.”
Koch underwent several back surgeries – is conscious, but unable to move. He’s expected to survive. So, do you think the show should be pulled off the air?