Brooke Burns turned down Splash offer due to past diving accident
April 10, 2013, 4:56 PM EST
Former Dog Eat Dog host Brooke Burns turned down an offer to join the wannabe divers on Splash due to a terrifying pool accident which left her with a broken neck. The former Baywatch actress is no stranger to working in the water, but when she was approached to join ABC's new high diving competition, she had to turn the offer down. In 2005, she broke her neck while diving into a pool and required a surgically installed titanium plate and rod and four months in a neck brace to recover. She tells entertainment site Zap2it.com, "Breaking my neck was probably the most devastating thing that I've ever been through in my life. It threatened not only my life, but my mobility and my ability to be the kind of mom that I want to be to my child. "I didn't really feel the need to be a part of a show where diving is done for laughs. The accident was really traumatic for me, so I decided it was probably not the best fit for me at the time. I've had problems even stepping next to a pool at certain times because of the post-traumatic stress." In addition to turning down Splash, which features her fellow Baywatch co-star Nicole Eggert, Burns also passed on the opportunity of joining FOX's Stars in Danger: The High Dive, earlier this year (Jan13).