Actor Kristin Chenoweth said “fear and anxiety” stopped her from suing CBS after a serious accident on the set of “The Good Wife” in 2012. (Watch the video below.)
The regret has stayed with the stage, screen and TV star, she told host Andy Cohen on Monday’s episode of “Watch What Happens Live.”
Kristin Chenoweth recounts the incident, in which falling lighting equipment led her to crack her skull, in a new book of musings titled “I’m No Philosopher, But I Got Thoughts.” She agreed with Cohen that she should have pursued legal action.
“I didn’t do it out of fear and anxiety. So don’t ever let fear rule your life,” she said.
“And you regret it,” Cohen offered.
“I have long-standing injuries from that,” Chenoweth replied, adding that she should have taken her father’s advice to sue after she was “practically killed.”
Kristin Chenoweth, who won an Emmy for the series “Pushing Daisies” and a Tony for Broadway’s “You’re a Good Man, Charlie Brown,” had signed on with “The Good Wife” for the show’s fourth season in 2012.
But the mishap on an outdoor shoot in New York derailed her stint. “I heard, like, a flagpole sound. I literally heard, ‘We’re losing the light,’ and I heard, ‘Action.’ And I woke up at Bellevue [Hospital],” she told Cohen. “It hit me in the face, and it threw me into a curb. Seven-inch skull fracture, hairline cracks, and teeth and ribs.”
A TMZ account from the time said a gust of wind pushed over the lighting equipment, knocking Kristin Chenoweth down. She slammed her head against the concrete and appeared unconscious, according to a witness. After she was rushed to the hospital, CBS issued a public statement wishing her a speedy recovery. The actor later announced that she would not be returning to the series.
Kristin Chenoweth told Vanity Fair back in March that she stayed mostly quiet about what happened because she didn’t want the entertainment industry to view her as “weak and broken.”
In her chat with Cohen, the actor also said her injuries could have been worse if not for the protection provided by her hair extensions.
“My hair extensions, you know, made the hairline fracture go together,” she told him. “My doctor said, ‘What are these metal things?’ I said, ‘They’re hair extensions.’ And he said, ‘They saved your life,’” she added. “So, anybody who wants to get hair extensions should, for your health.”
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