Reps for Bret Michaels are bashing the Tony awards for their handling of the Poison frontman's injuries at last Sunday's show.
"Sunday morning at rehearsals, Bret was never informed that the descending set piece existed, let alone would be moving into position as he was exiting the stage," Janna Elias, the singer's rep, said in the statement to UsMagazine.com. "Although Bret was visibly dazed, he remained extremely calm backstage as members of our road crew brought him a towel to wipe the blood from his face. His only comment at the time was 'What the hell just hit me?' The severity of this injury is not being taken lightly as symptoms from head and neck injuries at first may seem like nothing and sometimes do not present for days. At this time the full extent of his injuries remains to be seen until all x-rays are back."
"I find it surprising that a Tony spokesperson would brush off this incident with a comment stating 'Mr. Michaels missed his mark' with no mention of concern for his condition," she continued. "If everyone at the Tonys were aware that Bret missed his mark then they should have been aware enough to stop the set piece from hitting him or at least slowed it down until he cleared the stage. I feel had this incident happened to Liza Minnelli, Dolly Parton or Elton John the Tonys would have at least issued a letter of concern."
"Michaels was not on his stage but was at the mercy of the Tony. He was performing on the Tonys stage and had the reasonable expectation that that safety of the artist was a priority and at no time did he do anything over the top or outlandish that would have put himself or others in a dangerous situation."
All fired up, Bret's peeps asked, "with all the technology, producers, directors, stage managers and crew ... no one at the Tonys saw Mr. Michaels clearly backing up and turning to exit the stage or was capable of halting the prop or slowing it so it didn't strike Bret?"
Jumping on the bandwagon, Bret's other rep called out Tony host Neil Patrick Harris for making light of the incident on the broadcast.
"We realize the show is live and must go on, however it is unfortunate that the show's host made light of the situation without having any knowledge of the severity of Bret's injuries," Bob Wallerstein said. "Comments that Mr. Harris was doing shots backstage with Mr. Michaels and that Bret was completely fine were untrue considering Bret never saw Mr. Harris prior to, during or after the Tonys but in fact was being attended to by medical personnel backstage."
Come on, now. Neil was just doing his job as host and putting the audience at ease. What should he have done -- screamed "Call 911!" into the camera?
Still, Bret is pretty banged up and postponed a show Wednesday, while "further tests are being conducted on his head and spine."
We really do hope Bret gets better soon.