He concluded: 'In the words of [Rent creator] Jonathan Larson, no day but today'.
Prior to the show, Fox Entertainment & 20th Century Fox Television opened up about Hunt's injury in a statement obtained by PEOPLE. With no understudies available, Fox chose to air previously-recorded clips from the dress rehearsal, leaving fans disappointed that Rent: Live had turned out to be anything but.
Fox made a decision to air the dress rehearsal performance and then go live for the finale, during which Brennin sat on a table with his leg propped up on a chair. "But in the spirit of Rent, everyone - producers and cast, original and current - is dedicated to ensuring that tonight's broadcast must, and will, go on", Fox said in a statement Sunday afternoon.
We had Brennin Hunt from "The X Factor" in the lead role of Roger and Valentina from "Ru Paul's Drag Race" handling the tricky role of Angel.
Ironically, the topic of someone being injured during the show was brought up during a press conference weeks before the dress rehearsal.
Following FOX's announcement, producer and brother of RENT creator Jonathan Larson, released this statement: "The experience of putting together this handsome new production of my brother's work, while emotional, has been truly joyous for all of us", said Julie Larson. I speak from my heart when I say that we have a spectacular show for you tonight.
The high-energy rock musical by Jonathan Larson celebrates survival among the artists and homeless of New York's East Village.
The decision Sunday left the Rent cast marooned on Stage 16 on the Fox lot in Los Angeles until the finale, a disastrous idea that rightfully incensed anyone who loves live theatre.