Nicole Eggert on Her 'Splash' Accident Photo: 'I Probably Shouldn't Have Posted It'
Nicole Eggert is like a real-life Lifetime heroine. She is hot -- she credits diet and rising above the "bulls---" misconceptions about weight loss. She's strong -- she got back on the "Splash" diving board despite an injury. And she is strongly opinionated about her hot male co-stars -- including former real-life flame, Scott Baio of "Charles in Charge."
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Don't worry. She says he's a good ex, not the psycho kind you see in Lifetime movies.
But first about that "Splash" injury…
Is a back flop as painful as it sounds?
It was way more painful than it looks but not as crazy as everybody makes it sound. There are different factors. When people finally see it happen, I'm sure it won't look that bad. But if you understand the degree of how high I was, you have more comprehension of the damage I did. And then there's the whole thing of -- it could have been so much worse. It wasn't a bad flop. I did land my dive. My legs just weren't as strong as they could have been. When you hit the water going that fast, from that high up, it makes the rest of the body flop. It wasn't like I was going full steam and landed flat on my back.
So, you didn't go to the hospital right away?
I did not go to the hospital right away. I've broken my back before and this time there was a lot of swelling, but I felt like I could hold myself upright and I was fine. But the next day I went in the evening. I saw a doctor, and then a couple days later I saw another doctor. I just wanted to keep making sure that everything was intact, in the skeletal way. And then I wanted to make sure the organs were OK. It took a couple of visits between the swelling and the bruising to see what was going on.
Who took the photos of your bruised back that's online? [The photos have since been removed.]
Unfortunately, I posted it [on Twitter] myself for a few minutes because I thought it was funny. I wanted to share with people. I was getting so many emails and messages and tweets. Everybody wanted to know, and I wanted to share with people: Yeah I'm cool, here's the damage. I had it up for like a half an hour. And at some point in that half-hour they grabbed it. I'm not blaming the person that took the picture, because they took it on my phone. I probably shouldn't have posted it. I had to email it out for medical reasons and keep sharing it, and somehow somewhere it got leaked and whatever. It is what it is.
Did you have a moment after the back flop where you wanted to give up and not get back up on the diving board?
No. No. You know, that's why I signed on to do the show in the first place. I'm kind of an adrenaline junkie. I really like doing that kind of stuff. I've always been into gymnastics. I love every minute of it.
Watch Eggert perform a dive "Splash":
What do you say to the people who want the show canceled because of the injuries?
I've been asked over and over again if this show is too dangerous for people. And I'm like well wait a minute. Is the sport too dangerous for people? It's a sport! It's been a sport for a very long time. It all depends on the individual. Are you down for it? Do you want to do it? If you don't want to do it or you don't think you're capable of doing it, I highly suggest you don't do it. If you're into that kind of thing, for sure, why not? To me it's amazing; you're being trained by the best of the best.