“The airbags did not deploy, so I just had a face plant right in the steering wheel and it just made me a little dumber,” he told paparazzi Friday in a video obtained by TMZ.
Van Dyke also pointed to two stitches he had on his bottom lip. Despite the injury, Van Dyke said he’s doing “pretty good, just sore all over.”
“I’m 97 ― all my friends are dead,” he told the videographer.
The Los Angeles Sheriff’s Department identified the driver as the 97-year-old entertainer in the single-car accident on March 15. According to police, Van Dyke was treated on the scene by the Los Angeles Country Fire Department.
USA TODAY reached out to Van Dyke’s representatives for more information.
Van Dyke’s Hollywood career spans decades and includes leading roles in “Mary Poppins,” Broadway’s “Bye Bye Birdie” and 1960s sitcom classic “The Dick Van Dyke Show,” alongside Mary Tyler Moore. In 2021, he received the Kennedy Center Honor, calling the prestigious arts award a “capper on my career.”
The Emmy, Grammy and Tony winner made headlines earlier this year for singing a Frank Sinatra song, in a gnome costume, on Fox’s “The Masked Singer.”
Once Van Dyke made a big reveal at the end of the show, judges Robin Thicke, Jenny McCarthy, Ken Jeong and Nicole Scherzinger dropped their jaws in surprise.
“It was real dark in there,” Van Dyke said after host Nick Cannon asked what it was like inside the costume. “You couldn’t see anything.”
Scherzinger teared up after realizing Van Dyke was in the costume.
“I love you so much, we love you, the whole world loves you so much. It’s an honor to have you on our show. I can’t believe you’re here,” she said.
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