Fox News anchor Bret Baier was reportedly involved in a major car accident over the holiday weekend, along with his wife and two sons.
“The Late Show” host Stephen Colbert announced during his show Monday that Baier, who had been scheduled to appear on the show Tuesday, was recovering in the hospital instead.
“I also wanted to talk about one of our guests tomorrow night, been on the show before, really enjoyed having them on here, one of the news anchors for Fox News Bret Baier was supposed to be here tomorrow night,” Colbert began. “We found out he and his family were in a car accident in Montana, jaws of life had to get them out of there. They’re all in the hospital. They’re okay.”
Colbert then added that he had reached out to Baier and passed on a message from the recovering Fox News anchor. “We just want to say we hope you’re doing better,” he said. “We reached out to them, and Bret’s message is they’re going to be okay, thank you for the thoughts for him and his family and wear your seat belts, it makes a difference.”
“Fox & Friends” offered an update Tuesday morning, however, noting that Colbert had been mistaken about the need for Baier and his family to be pulled from the car with the jaws of life. (RELATED: Bret Baier Won’t Be Leaving Fox News Anytime Soon After This Deal)
Rather, they reported that a Good Samaritan — a man named Zach — had stopped and helped them to climb out of the flipped car.
Baier tweeted on Monday that, “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.”
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
Fox News provided The Daily Caller with a statement Baier had issued early Tuesday morning:
“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 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.’”
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According to the latest reports, Baier and his family members went to the hospital following the accident but have since been released. Fox News also told TheDC that Baier is expected to anchor “Special Report” as scheduled on Tuesday. (RELATED: George Clooney Recovering After Being Thrown From Motorbike In Italy)
The Fox News anchor was returning to the airport to fly home from a ski vacation in Montana at the time of the crash.