Yes he was hurt pretty bad. He fractured his shoulder and had a swelling in the brain. He was in intensive care for a few days. Now, however, he is much better - he is so press-shy, we do not see any pictures of him recently, but he is apparently totally fine now. A friend said "he's the Gale we all know and love" and he was spotted at a music premiere/party too, so yes, I think he is totally recovered. :-) And they are being very secretive about it but DH have been hinting that he will come back to the show, but next season. Hope this was helpful!!