Channel 9 star Leila McKinnon flips off camera in photo taken after skiing accident

Leila McKinnon has posted a photo taken immediately after she “threw herself off a mountain at high speed”, landing her in hospital with a shattered knee.

Injured Australian Ninja Warrior host Leila McKinnon has made light of her unfortunate situation in a new post thanking followers for their support after revealing she was rushed to hospital yesterday.

The Channel 9 star and mum-of-two suffered a nasty fall while skiing during school holidays, posting a photo from her hospital bed alongside two X-rays on Wednesday.

“I don’t want to show off or anything but I got a fancy piercing in my knee,” she joked to a flood of wellwishing messages from colleagues and fans.

The TV personality flexed her humor again today, sharing an image from immediately after the accident in which she is seen flipping off the camera as she lay in the snow with a splint around her leg, ready to be transported to hospital.

“Mountain 1 McKinnon 0,” she began.

“Thanks for all the love, your messages put a spring in my hobble … all tips for rehabilitation, good books, binge watches and podcasts gratefully received.”

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Colleagues were quick to respond to the call to action, with Channel 7 news presenter Jodie Speers writing: “You poor thing Leila! dopesick on Disney+.”

Weekend Today host Belinda Russell added: “Ah! THAT kind of outdoor, extreme sport. Hope your recovery is smoother than your landing.”

Radio host Michael “Wippa” Wipfli chimed in simply, “You have done us proud again. Hang in there,” while Rebecca Maddern, who McKinnon has taken over from as host of ninja warrior, said: “OMG. You poor thing.”

The 49-year-old Channel 9 presenter, who was only recently announced as the new host of the competitive reality show, took to Instagram with a photo of herself in a hospital bed after she shattered her knee yesterday.

“Hey what did you do on the school holidays? I don’t want to show off or anything but I got a fancy piercing in my knee,” she wrote, alongside leg X-rays.

McKinnon, who is married to former Nine CEO David Gyngell, then gave three scenarios of how she injured herself.

“Did I? a) throw myself into a mosh pit to get closer to Harry Styles? b) throw myself at a mountain at high speed? c) throw myself down the stairs in a high-heel related accident?” McKinnon asked her followers.

With it clear option B was the winner, industry peers jumped to offer their sympathy.

Today host Karl Stefanovic wrote: “Oh no Lala, that’s two of my co hosts down with dicky knees. Get well.”

Stefanovic was referring to his Today show co-host Allison Langdon, who was back in hospital last month due to ongoing knee complications after she suffered a horror hydrofoiling accident on-air in February last year.

The 42-year-old presenter had to undergo surgery after injuring her knee while filming a water sports segment on the Gold Coast, and was forced to return to hospital for further treatment in March.

While covering the floods in Queensland and northern NSW, Stefanovic revealed on-air that Langdon was yet again “holed up” in hospital.

“She’s unfortunately got … that knee of hers, it’s just shonky. If she could replace it, I’m sure she would,” Stefanovic said.

Several other TV personalities rushed to the comments section of McKinnon’s post, with Richard Wilkins writing: “Ouch! Bloody Harry! X.”

Langdon also wrote: “That is some sexy knee metal you got there. How was the flight home? Was thinking of you xx.”

Jessica Rowe added: “Ohhhhh noooo – ouch! Hope you feel better soon.”

It comes after McKinnon, who often fills in as Today host and has been working for Nine in various roles since 1995, was announced as Rebecca Maddern’s replacement on ninja warrior.

She will co-host alongside tennis champion Jim Courier, 51, after Maddern abruptly left the network late last year, and Ben Fordham quit the show mid-last year to focus on his hosting gig at 2GB.

“Got a job,” McKinnon wrote on Instagram back in January.

“News of my extraordinary athleticism has spread at last and I’m the new co host of @ninajwarriorau.”

Maddern, who has since returned to Channel 7 to co-host the afternoon news bulletin, is understood to have left Nine after extended contract negotiations broke down.


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