Terry Bradshaw Hilariously Recalls His Painful First (and Last) Back Wax Experience

by Josh Lanier

Terry Bradshaw would rather face an NFL linebacker again than a small bowl of pink wax. He explained on The Kelly Clarkson Show what happened the one time he tried to wax his shoulders and why he’ll never do it again.

The former Pittsburgh Steelers great told Kelly Clarkson that he isn’t “a wooly dude,” but his daughters hated the hair on his shoulders. So he decided to wax them.

He says he completely believed the marketing line that waxing would rid him of his problem for three to four months… “That is a bald-faced lie! Nobody told me how those people lie to get you to buy that pink stuff,” he said. But he was pot committed as they say in poker.

His wife Tammy applied the melted wax and prepared him as best she could. She counted down and tore off a small thatch of hair. Bradshaw bayed.

“I couldn’t breathe … I’m in such shock, such shock,” he said. “I ran down the hallway screaming. … YOU GOT TO BE KIDDING ME! And I’m just starting?!?”

Tammy was doubled over, laughing at the NFL Hall of Famer, which didn’t help the situation, he said. Needless to say, he’s never done it again, but he thanked all women who put themselves through such treatments for beauty.

When friends asked what it was like being waxed, he has a oddly specific answer that involves hypothermia and a boat paddle. See for yourself in the video above.

Terry Bradshaw Misses Irony of Telling Waxing Story to Kelly Clarkson

Terry Bradshaw didn’t catch the irony of telling this story to Kelly Clarkson, though she did.

“Did you yell my name?” she asked while Bradshaw recalled the painful event.

Bradshaw didn’t get the reference, but famously, Steve Carell screamed “Kelly Clarkson” when he had his chest waxed on camera for “The 40-Year-Old Virgin.”

Bradshaw, for his part, said that he screamed her name only if she were named a long string of expletives.

Clarkson told “40-Year-Old Virgin” director Judd Apatow that she is remembered more for that scene than anything in her career.

“I have sung for presidents — a pope — it doesn’t matter what I do… I can still be in Target and people will go ‘Ahhhhh, Kellly Clarkson,” she said, mimicking Carell’s howl.