Bret Michaels interview on 'Oprah': Every hospital bed has its badass bandana


'Bret, you're aliiiiiiiive!' Oprah boomed at the beginning of today's talk show. Recovering cowboy Bret Michaels appeared via satellite from Phoenix in his first television interview since his April 21 brain hemorrhage. He sounded fine, his royal blue bandana was pressed and thick-cut, and the cold sore he was rocking on the penultimate episode of The Celebrity Apprentice was nowhere in sight.


There was a noticeable droop on one side of his face - a rep for Michaels confirmed to Access Hollywood today that 'this is a result of the hemorrhage and possibly exacerbated by some of the medications he is on' and is hopeful that with further rehabilitation, the droop will eventually go away. After a dramatic crossfade from Bret's CAT Scan to a photograph of his real noggin, Bret told Oprah about the 'thunderclap' effect of his sudden brain trauma. 'It sounded like a small handgun went off in the back of my head,' said Michaels. 'There was no lead-up at all. It just exploded.'


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