Host Romesh Ranganathan had a nasty crash while training for a BMX race with A League of Their Own colleague Jamie Redknapp – and hit the track so hard he broke his wrist and dislocated his thumb.
The accident occurred in July at a track in East London and Redknapp, far from consoling his injured colleague, taunted him.
“Do you want ET to fix it?” he asked, extending his finger. “Did you fall off or were you just tired?”
Later, a less-than-sympathetic Redknapp suggested he could put him in his bicycle’s basket, like ET, and take him to A&E.
“Unluckily for me, the health and safety guys hadn’t dreamed up the uniquely stupid way I’d do the challenge. I can’t even say I did it during the white heat of a competition — it happened during training.”
Ranganathan wrote about the experience in the Guardian and admitted he overreacted “massively”.
He added: “I saw my thumb looking as if it wanted to emigrate from my hand, and I had to be given gas and air. My wife didn’t even have that when she gave birth to each of our three boys.”
“I walked off the site to be taken to hospital, where I was put in a plaster cast and sent home. I’m going to be absolutely honest: I was quite looking forward to the sympathy when I got back, and much of my journey was spent practising sorry-for-myself faces and holding up my broken hands like a sad T Rex.”
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