The stunt for AGT: Extreme was supposed to see the escapologist breaking free and falling under two cars before they collided, but the vehicles were released too soon and he fell 30 feet to the ground, missing the safety airbag underneath.
Appearing in Lorraine on Friday alongside his fiancée, Sherlock star Amanda Abbington, Jonathan opened up about the accident that left him in a wheelchair.
” I am not disappointed. I’m doing as well as I can,” Jonathan said.
“It was pretty boring. It seems very dramatic to be sitting here, but I almost died… I saved my life because I fell upside down, face first on the ground, but I didn’t hit my head.
Jonathan described the touching moment he told Amanda after the horrific accident that she could end their relationship.
“I said you got a free get out of jail card – if you want to leave then I totally understand and she told me not to be so stupid and that’s it,” he said. he declares.
Amanda added: “We are closer and closer than ever – every day is a joy…Life is too short – that’s what I’ve come to realize through it all. Just be in the moment.
“He is a total inspiration to me. He’s an idiot – but I’m a wally so that’s fine,’ she joked.
The couple also opened up about their upcoming nuptials later this year after deciding to get engaged “within half an hour” of first meeting.
Earlier this week, Amanda detailed the extent of Jonathan’s injuries.
“He fell 30 feet and lost a kidney, broke both shoulder blades, broke both legs,” she told Jay Rayner on the Out To Lunch Podcast.
“Third degree burns, broke his spine, severed his spinal cord and nearly died. And then on the operating table, he nearly died again.
“He’s just been in rehab since October… He’s paralyzed now, he’s in a wheelchair. Unless there’s some kind of stem cell surgery or that thing that Elon Musk is designing with the little chip, he’ll be like this [forever].”
NBC has promoted AGT: Extreme, an eight-episode spin-off of its hit series America’s Got Talent, as a showcase of “the most outrageous, unique and jaw-dropping acts of enormous scope and scale that simply cannot be confined to an organized theater”.
Production on the show, which was due to air in 2022, was put on hold following the accident to “focus on the welfare of the crew”.
Lorraine airs weekdays at 9am on ITV and on ITV Hub.