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EXCLUSIVE NEW DETAILS: Injured Idol Stage Manager Speaks Out

May 6 2009, Published 1:55 p.m. ET

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An American Idol stage manager host Ryan Seacrest identified as his "right hand" was injured Tuesday during rehearsal for this week's rock music-themed episode.

The crew member was "immediately taken to the hospital as a precautionary measure," according to Fox. has learned the stage's manager's name is Debbie Williams, and on her Facebook page, she writes:

"I am home from an interesting day and my attempt to be a stunt didn't work! 50 stitches, nothing broken (must be the body padding...thank God I've only been on "Jenny Craig" one week). Falling 14 feet is was a new experience and we all know how I love new experiences......well maybe not this one... so much."Seacrest discussed the incident on his Twitter page Tuesday.

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"Good news our stage manager debbie is doing much better," he wrote. "She fell during rehearsal ...she's my right hand during these shows. Love u deb!"

In addition to the stage manager's injury, the show was beset by more trouble Tuesday, as a tower, according to Seacrest, "started to collapse, just a few moments before dress rehearsal. Glass was popping everywhere."

It was not known early Wednesday whether or not the incidents were connected.



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