UPDATE: Goodwin later that week told the British TV show “Lorraine” in his first interview since the accident: “It was pretty gnarly. It sounds dramatic sitting here but I did nearly die. I fell 30 feet and I saved my life because I fell head-first to the ground but didn’t hit my head because I tucked in my head but I broke my shoulders. The surgeon who did the spinal operation said it was basically the worst he’d ever seen so the prognosis is that this is me from here on out. I’m not down about it, to be honest.”
The 42-year-old posted a photo of himself in a wheelchair on his Instagram page this week with his dog. He wrote: “6 months ago, I went to rehearse something and left this little hairy monkey waiting patiently for me…he didn’t see his dad again until just a couple of weeks ago and when he finally did, dad had new cool wheels. A lot has changed in the last 6 months, but love is a constant and I’m very very loved. Looking forward to my next chapters and being a roll model.” (Roll is a reference to him being in a wheelchair.)
Abbington said he has been positive about this major setback in his life: “His courage and his strength is something that I just aspire to be like. He’s just incredible, honestly, like so happy, just like a very happy, positive human being, just liquid sunshine. He’s amazing.”
The accident happened on Oct. 14, 2021 during a rehearsal of a stunt where he had to escape from a straitjacket dangling high in the air. He was supposed to escape and fall between two vehicles suspended in the air below him. But timing went awry and when he got caught between the two cars, which burst into flames. He then missed the air mattress, landing on his head.
The new show, which features Simon Cowell as a judge and Terry Crews as a host, suspended production in Hampton and finished up in California in January. The show aired on NBC in February and March. NBC has not said if the show is coming back for another season.