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Reality star injured by chainsaw
Ted Nugent
Nugent was a huge star in the 1970s
Reality TV host Ted Nugent has injured his leg with a chainsaw on the set of his reality television show in the US.

The 55-year-old needed 40 stitches and has been fitted with a leg brace after the incident on his VH1 show Surviving Nugent: The Ted Commandments.

The series sees the rock star transform a group of unsuspecting city slickers into tough country dwellers.

It is set at Nugent's compound near Waco, Texas. The show is scheduled to air on US TV in the spring.

The 55-year-old rocker, best-known for his 1977 hit Cat Scratch Fever, is recovering from his injury but has not missed any of the show's taping.

His career has now been complemented by his TV work.

Ted Nugent
The singer is an enthusiastic hunter

The original instalment of Surviving Nugent, where city dwellers had to live in a barn, make their own outhouse and skin a boar, was shown in October. The winner got $25,000 (14,040).

The current series now has a prize of $100,000 (56,180) for the winner.

Nugent's son Rocco and wife Shemane, as well as his ranch hands Big Jim and Big John also appear on the show.

Nugent has courted controversy in the US because of his enthusiastic promotion of hunting - especially with a bow and arrow.

He is also a spokesman for the right to gun ownership, and has been appointed to the Board of Directors of the National Rifle Association.

The singer has been criticised for his right-wing views, which included saying people who could not speak English should not be able to live in America when he opened a Kiss concert in 2000.

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