Buddy Valastro couldn’t be more grateful for his family.
The Cake Boss The star co-hosted Wednesday’s Entertainment Tonight from her Carlo’s Bakery in New Jersey, where she spoke of her family’s incredible support after her debilitating accident in which her hand was impaled in her home bowling alley.
“They definitely stepped up. In times of crisis, you don’t know what people’s reactions will be. ‘How are we going to do this?’ ‘What are we going to do?’ “Valastro told Rachel Smith of ET. “We all got together and I am very proud of my children and grateful to my entire family.”
“My wife, with the recovery, was incredible, my children, my sisters, my brothers-in-law,” he continued. “But most of all, the fans. The love and support you get from everyone means a lot.”
It has been almost a year since Valastro injured his hand and subsequently underwent multiple reconstructive and corrective surgeries to repair the substantial damage.
Shortly after the accident, Valastro’s representative told ET that the baker’s injury was the result of a malfunction with the bowling pin at his home bowling alley. When Valastro attempted to repair the machine, his hand lodged inside the unit, where it was impaled by a metal rod several times. Valastro’s sons cut the rod with a saw to free his hand from the machine.
Now, after five surgeries, Valastro continues to recover and is promoting the third season of his competition show and that of Duff Goldman, Buddy vs. Duff. However, the baker and television personality expressed that “it has been a long journey” to get to where he is now.
“Before we start this season of Buddy vs. DuffI really didn’t know my capabilities. I knew I could do a lot more with my hand, but doing fine details or doing some crazy edging or different moldings and shapes, you really don’t know until you’re at it, “he detailed.” But I could tell you and you can see it on the show, we’ve made some of the best cakes we’ve ever made. So thank God we did it and thank God for my surgeons. “
Valastro will return for another surgery in September. As of now, your middle finger has lost some range of motion. “I can’t move it to the left,” he shared. “I have a lot of space right there, but I have the strength. I can’t lift my middle finger all the way.”
There was a time before his surgery in February when he was unaware of his fate after failing to bend his hand. “I had no idea how I was going to do the show and stuff. I was out of surgery for six weeks, but the day after surgery, the doctor said, ‘Go squeeze.’ When I could clench my fist it was like hallelujah sir! “He recalled.” It was crazy and without that I would never have been able to do the show. And these cakes were actually some of the best cakes that I think myself and my team and Duff and his team have ever made. “
As for what fans can expect from Buddy vs Duff? “This is round 3. It’s probably the biggest and the best!”
“Going in, I know people don’t believe me, but I didn’t really care about winning or losing,” he admitted. “My main goal was to be able to see if I could still make cakes at the level that I did. I say, whether we win or lose doesn’t really matter … And the fact that I was able to do it was amazing. And Duff was actually very supportive of me from the very first. When I had the accident, he was one of the first people to call me. He said, ‘You have to be a better man because I want to beat you up next season.’
“We have that relationship,” he said. “We have that respect for each other. We are like two guys having fun on the basketball court. We make fun of each other, but a lot of respect from both sides.”
New episodes of Buddy vs. Duff air Sundays on Food Network and Discovery +.