CBS late-night host Stephen Colbert took a rare break from mocking the president Monday night to inform his viewers about a horrific motor vehicle accident involving one of his future guests.
Colbert was among the first to announce that Fox News anchor Bret Baier and his family were involved in a serious car crash while vacationing in Montana on Monday, and the rollover accident left Baier’s entire family hospitalized with minor injuries.
“We just found out that he and his family were in a car accident in Montana,” Colbert announced, referring to the Fox News host. “Bad, like, jaws of life to get him out of there.”
Baier was scheduled to be a guest on Colbert’s The Late Show, and due to swift action from first responders, he may still appear on the program Tuesday night. “They’re all in the hospital but they’re going to be OK,” Colbert explained. “And we just want to say: We hope you’re doing better.”
The late-night comedian continued: “Bret’s message to everyone out there is: They’re going to be OK, thank you for your thoughts and prayers for him and his family, and please, wear your seatbelt,” Colbert added. “It makes a difference.”
Brush with death
According to Baier’s account, it doesn’t appear that any extraction equipment was used to rescue his family, which included the journalist’s wife and two sons.
He described the ordeal after being discharged from a local 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. 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. 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 every day. I tweeted this out as we left the hospital banged up, but alive,” he said.
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. #countyourblessings
— Bret Baier (@BretBaier) January 21, 2019
Montana state trooper Alex Velasquez described the scene to the Great Falls Tribune, saying, “I had no idea who [Baier] was until the end of my shift when I started getting phone calls. He was actually a super nice guy.”
Baier has been anchoring Fox News Channel’s Special Report for a decade after taking over for Brit Hume. He will continue to anchor the 6 p.m. show and serve as its executive editor after signing a multi-year contract earlier this month.
Baier’s accolades include interviewing President Donald Trump, Vice President Mike Pence, former President Barack Obama, former President George W. Bush, former Vice President Dick Cheney, and former Secretary of State Hillary Clinton.
Fox News President Jay Wallace describes the 48-year-old anchor as “the gold standard not only across FNC, but the entire news industry” in a prepared statement announcing his continuing employment with the network.