Fox News anchor Bret Baier, 48, was involved in a nasty car crash on Monday while traveling with his family in Montana.
Stephen Colbert, who was supposed to host Baier as a guest on Tuesday on “The Late Show” broke the news to his viewers.
“We just found out that [Baier] and his family were in a car accident in Montana,” Colbert told the audience. “Bad, like, Jaws of Life to get him out of there. They’re all in the hospital but they’re going to be OK. And we just want to say, we hope you’re doing better.”
Colbert added, “Bret’s message to everybody out there is they are going to be OK. Thank you for your thoughts and prayers for him and his family, and please, wear your seat belt.”
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The anchor and executive editor, FOX News’s “Special Report” explained in a statement sent to USA TODAY Tuesday he was in a “major car crash” after a family ski trip. The Baier family has since been released from the hospital.
“After a weekend of skiing with my wife and two boys in Montana, driving to the airport Monday morning on icy roads, we were involved in a major car crash,” Baier stated. “Thanks to a man driving by named Zach who stopped and helped, we were able to climb out of the flipped car. And thanks to the first responders and Montana Highway Patrol – we made it to the hospital quickly.”
He continued: “We are very grateful to all of those who helped us out. My advice to everyone is to always wear your seatbelt and to count your blessings everyday. I tweeted this out as we left the hospital banged up, but alive. — ‘Don’t take anything for granted – every day is a blessing and family is everything. It’s always good to remind yourself of that before something does it for you.’ ”
His former colleague Megyn Kelly, who worked at Fox News until January 2017, voiced her support for Baier on social media.
“[Baier] has faced down plenty of life’s challenges with class, grit and a sense of humor and he’ll undoubtedly do the same with this one,” she wrote.