"...instead of just walking through the curtain or being thrown on the podium, we had a set where it was thought it would be a wonderful idea to have me coming down a spiral staircase. ... I at one point hit the wrong part of that stair and went right on my butt and bounced all the way down the stairs. I said something that got a laugh and I thought: "Oh, I better keep going. If the producer wants to stop, that's up to him." So I got up and continued, and the producer was sitting up in the booth and said: "Oh, that was a wonderful moment. Jim is fine. They loved it so let's leave it in
." That was actually just on the air about a week ago again on one of the blooper shows. And the nice thing about it is, that they still send me a check. It hurt my feelings at the time and other parts of my anatomy, but it's nice to get that."