Dwayne Johnson Provides Health Update on Kevin Hart

Dwayne Johnson

In the premiere episode of The Kelly Clarkson Show on Monday, Dwayne Johnson stopped by to give an update on Kevin Hart following his car crash earlier this month.

Kevin Hart was initially supposed to be Clarkson’s first guest on her talk show, but Dwayne Johnson agreed to step in for his pal — even leaving his honeymoon with Lauren Hashian to take his place — after Hart reportedly fractured his spine in three places.

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“Everything is good. I spoke with Kevin. I actually refer to him as my son,” Johnson said. “I connected with him today. And you know what? These things happen in life.”

Dwayne Johnson continued by teasing his much-shorter friend, quipping that “thankfully he was strapped in nicely to his car seat” and sharing that the “pediatrician” gave a good report, before switching to a serious note.

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“Only kidding. He’s doing very well. He’s bummed he couldn’t be here, as you know. But look, I love the guy. He’s one of my best friends. And honestly, thank God. It could’ve been a lot worse,” Johnson said. “So he’s a lucky man and I’m so happy [he’s OK]. And he knows it too. I wish him the best and a speedy recovery and I’m gonna see him soon.”

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