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  • Amateur stuntman left critically injured after stunt goes horribly wrong on German game show

    Dec. 4: German TV hosts Thomas Gottschalk (R) and Michelle Hunziker (C) stand next to Samuel Koch after he had an accident during the game show

    A botched stunt went terribly wrong on the German television show “Wetten, Dass,” leaving a 23-year-old man seriously injured and forcing the show to leave their live broadcast early.

    As an estimated 8 million viewers looked on, Samuel Koch attempted to jump over a moving car while wearing spring stilts. But Koch, a student, failed to fully clear the approaching vehicle, driven by his own father.

    He fell motionless on the floor before being rushed to the hospital, The Local, a German news site, reported.

    Producers panned to horrified-looking guests and audience members, as hosts Thomas Gottschalk and Michelle Hunziker were heard calling for doctors.

    Feeds later switched to repeats of musical acts that had previously performed.

    Koch underwent surgery Sunday and was put into an artificial coma, People magazine reported. His condition was labeled as life threatening, with a doctor telling the German newspaper Bild that he is “in an extremely critical stage.”

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    Teen pop idol Justin Bieber, along with pop group Take That, was scheduled to perform on the show before the broadcast was stopped.

    Bieber wrote on Twitter, “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.”

    He later added, “Germany I’m sorry we couldn’t perform tonight but some things are more important than putting on a show. We will be back I promise. Thank u.”

    “Wetten, dass,” (English translation: “Bet it”) a German language game show, has been on the air for 29 years. It was the first time in the show’s history that the planned broadcast was broken off.

    Following the accident, German media criticized the program for the increasing level of danger that members of the public are putting themselves in by performing stunts on the show.

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