Store shelves everywhere were empty of prayer candles yesterday from Breaking Bad and Better Call Saul fans (SAULivators?) buying them up after hearing the news that Saul himself Bob Odenkirk collapsed on set and was laid up in a hospital bed in New Mexico. Bob’s situation slid into “Shit Is Serious” territory when his Breaking Bad co-star Bryan Cranston told everyone to please put their praying hands together for Bob or send some healing thoughts his way. Well, after Bob’s fans pulled some “Better Call God” moves and furiously refreshed Twitter for an update, his son, Nate Odenkirk, delivered some good news. Bob’s going to be okay! Aaaand, exhale.
58-year-old Bob Odenkirk is currently in the middle of shooting the sixth and final season of Better Call Saul in New Mexico. It was reported that while shooting scenes on location in Albuquerque yesterday, Bob collapsed and had to be taken to the hospital in an ambulance. There was not much info other than that, and strangely enough, TMZ does not have an HIPPA-violating source in Albuquerque, so his condition was a mystery for most of yesterday. But then Nate Odenkirk tweeted a small handful of words, which made people let out a “PHEW!” followed by, “Did I just let out a PHEW? I thought only cartoon characters did that.”
He's going to be okay.
— Nate Odenkirk (@birthdaynate) July 28, 2021
TMZ did hear from their sources later on who said that Bob’s condition was serious when he was first brought into the hospital. He was not conscious and it was “touch and go” for a while, but now he’s awake and is “out of the woods.” When everyone found out that Bob passed out while filming during the day in New Mexico, they probably cursed the sun, thinking he suffered from heatstroke. In a statement from Bob’s rep, they said that he’s in stable condition and added that he went to the hospital over a heart-related incident:
“We can confirm Bob is in stable condition after experiencing a heart-related incident. He and his family would like to express gratitude for the incredible doctors and nurses looking after him, as well as his cast, crew and producers who have stayed by his side. The Odenkirks would also like to thank everyone for the outpouring of well wishes and ask for their privacy at this time as Bob works on his recovery.”
Things were very scary there for a minute, but we should’ve known that Bob was going to pull through. I mean, he was in The Disaster Artist, and if you can survive working with the potent pile of insufferableness that is James Franco, you can almost survive anything.