Paul Wesley, Joan Rivers' Plane Struck by Lightning on Friday the 13th!

Celebrity News Apr. 16, 2012 AT 5:45PM
Paul Wesley and Joan Rivers Paul Wesley and Joan Rivers Credit: Imeh Akpanudosen/Getty Images; Cindy Ord/Getty Images

Paul Wesley had the scare of his life on Friday the 13th.

The Vampire Diaries actor, 29, and his wife Torrey DeVitto, 27, "were flying to Toronto for a quick 24-hour trip, and we had a really amazing thing happen: Our plane got struck by lightning," Wesley said on LIVE! With Kelly Monday. "There was a huge burst of light and this loud [noise]."

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Worried that the plane "was going down," Wesley looked to his fellow passengers for comfort. "Who do I see? Joan Rivers! She's just sitting there staring at me."

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"I thought, 'This is it. I'm going down with Joan Rivers,'" Wesley continued. "'This is going to be my final hurrah. My goodbye.'"

Host Kelly Ripa, 41, then said: "I would be reassured by that. I would be like, 'You know what? God would not take a national treasure like Joan Rivers away from us, so we are fine."

Wesley said he envisioned news clippings that would make him "forever associated" with the comedienne, 78.

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Rivers, of course, put a comedic spin on the terrifying flight experience. "I just landed on a plane from L.A. that was struck by lightning," she tweeted Friday. "Thank God everyone is fine. I now think Benjamin Franklin was an ass!"

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