Hey, Fox News. A little friendly advice: if you're going to stage an axe throwing competition in the middle of New York City, you might want to consider a.) a larger backdrop b.) not placing a crowd of people directly behind the target c.) not letting your dummy anchor chuck an axe into said crowd. Otherwise, things like this might happen.
On last Saturday's episode of Fox & Friends, weekend host Pete Hegseth was teasing an upcoming segment about axe throwing. He lined up his shot, tossed the axe, and completely missed the target. Though he did hit something -- or should we say, someone. The Westpoint Hellcats were on hand for the whole show, playing in and out of commercial breaks. They were positioned directly behind the target, for some unknowable reason. So of course, Hegseth chucked his axe and it nailed one of the Westpoint drummers.
The drummer, Jeff Prosperie, gave his side of the story in a Facebook post: "My leadership told me they were told there would be no axe throwing. I think the anchor person went rogue and decided to throw it. He had only thrown it once before in practice for an upcoming segment and they told him to throw it with more force. The vid you see is edited showing the Televised portion of the throw and then edited to a portion that was taken on someone's phone of us being videoed. The part that was actually televised showed the overthrown axe and then segued to us for the drum solo bump, only showing me walking behind the section holding my arm. The actual part where the axe hit me was not televised. Poor decision, obvious negligence, should not have happened, could have been avoided."
Fortunately, the injuries were minimal. But even a minimal axe throwing injury is something that should -- and could, so easily -- be avoided.