Bradley Walsh has broken his back in three places after falling from a bull

16 January 2020, 14:10 | Updated: 16 January 2020, 16:24

By Rory O'Connor

Bradley Walsh has broken his back in three places after falling off a bull while filming his TV show, Breaking Dad.

While the title of the show has now become a reality, The Chase host suffered the breaks during a kids’ rodeo.

Bradley promised fans his injuries are “not as bad as they sound” during an interview with Holly Willoughby and Phillip Schofield on This Morning.

The 59-year-old said: “It sounds a bit more severe than it actually is. What happened was, I fell awkwardly, purely my own fault.

Bradley Walsh has broken his back in three places after falling from a bull
Bradley Walsh has broken his back in three places after falling from a bull. Picture: ITV
Bradley Walsh riding the bull he later fell from
Bradley Walsh riding the bull he later fell from. Picture: ITV

“My life’s ambition was to go on a rodeo and they [the show’s crew] always say to me, Barnes says to me, ‘What would you really like to do Dad?’ And I say, ‘I would love to do a rodeo,’ because I love cowboy films.”

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He laughed: “And then you have the chance to go in the novice class with all the kids and the girls and the mums and the dads, because it was a family day.

“And I was like, ‘Yeah I’ll have a go at that’. Then, unfortunately, I fell slightly wrong.”

Bradley Walsh's X-ray after breaking his back in three places
Bradley Walsh's X-ray after breaking his back in three places. Picture: ITV

Following the fall, Bradley was taken to Southview Hospital in Kettering, Dayton, where he discovered he’d broken his back in three places, including his transverse process L3, his transverse process L4 and his transverse process L5.

These attach muscles and ligaments of the back to the spine, which can be seen in Bradley’s X-ray.

Bradley continued: “I was up and walking the next day and driving the RV – you’ve got to push yourself and I would never push myself like that.”

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