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Talk show host, 'Bachelorette' star both struck down by 'avocado hand,' hospitalized

Talk show host, 'Bachelorette' star both struck down by 'avocado hand,' hospitalized

Despite the numerous tutorials on how to safely cut an avocado, it seems the affliction known as "avocado hand" has claimed two more victims.

"The View" co-host Joy Behar missed Monday's taping, and upon returning the next day, explained that she had stabbed her hand Saturday night before an event.

"I was trying to desperately eat something, so I was trying to open an avocado," Behar, 75, said. "So I stuck the knife into the pit to get it out ... and I stabbed myself."

Behar called the pain "intense" and "awful," and revealed she was kept overnight with an antibiotic IV drip to keep the wound from becoming infected.

"Apparently there is a syndrome called 'avocado hand,'" Behar explained to her co-hosts. "It's real! The doctor said, 'Oh, we get this all the time.' Bagels, also.

"Any time you're holding the item and you cut it," Behar said, making a knife-slashing motion, "you can get this."

Former "Bachelorette" star Andi Dorfman also stabbed herself while opening an avocado June 4, but her injury was decidedly more serious than Behar's — Dorfman required surgery.

Dorfman, 31, posted a photo of her left hand and arm wrapped in bandages to social media, giving a thumbs up.

"Successful surgery! Tendons and nerves have been reunited," Dorfman wrote on Instagram.

Her followers flooded her Instagram page with tales of their own #AvocadoHand or bagel injuries, some saying they, too, required surgery or stitches due to their love for the tricky stone fruit.

Injuring oneself on bagels or avocados has long been a phenomenon — Meryl Streep notably cut her hand on an avocado back in 2012 and also required surgery — but didn't receive its cutesy moniker until more recently. In exploring the injuries caused by the fruit in 2017, the Times of London discovered that doctors and surgeons in the U.K. had typically dubbed the injury "avocado hand" and noted an increase in cases following weekend brunches.

Surgeries can cost upwards of $20,000 according to the New York Times, and since the avocado's explosion in popularity, companies have been looking to cash in by creating safety gear or, in a more extreme example, creating a "safer" pit-less version of the avocado.