Just a few weeks into its latest edition, Dancing with the Stars 28th season has already seen some celebs go down with bruised bodies and egos. And as RadarOnline.com reported, one celebrity was forced to leave the show before it even began.
As Radar readers know, former supermodel Christie Brinkley was forced to bow out after suffering “injuries which required surgery to her wrist and arm,” according to show sources. She was replaced by her daughter, model Sailor Brinkley-Cook.
“Ally and Lauren seem irritated that another young celebrity has come into the mix,” a source told Radar. “They are annoyed there is another young girl to go up against.”
The insider added that Brooke, 26, and Alaina, 24, “counted Christie out because of her age.”
“Showbiz is all about getting a break, and Sailor and I both got one on Dancing With the Stars this season,” Christie, 65, said in a statement. “Sailor joined the cast when I got mine… ouch somebody stop me, it hurts to laugh!”
Sailor, 21, said during an appearance on Good Morning America, “I’m doing this mostly for my mom! I just want to make her happy and make her proud. She loved doing this, she loves dancing and she loves performing and getting hurt was her worst nightmare.”
As Radar previously reported, executives were “freaking out,” over Christie’s injury, as she was “the big name this season.”
But the 65-year-old need not feel shame or embarrassment for her early exit. In fact, DWTS glittery ballroom is littered with injured celebs who couldn’t make it through a full season.
Some suffered broken bones, trips to the hospital and long-term recoveries, all in a quest for the fabled Mirror Ball Trophy (not to mention the positive tick in their personal P.R.)
Take a look back at some of the more serious injuries sustained in the show’s history in this Radar gallery.
Jewel & Nancy O’Dell
ABC lost not one, but two celebrity dancers less than a week before the 2009 season debut.
Singer Jewel was apparently not meant for the dance floor, after suffering a fractured tibia in both legs. Meanwhile, Access Hollywood’s Nancy O’Dell tore the meniscus in her knee in two places, which required surgery.
“Dwts!! after premiere.hospital. I’m ok.torn muscle in neck to chest! Foxtrot.. cruel & sadistic If only judges knew”
A ruptured disc in her back couldn’t stop Jennifer Grey from capturing the Season 11 Mirror Ball trophy in 2010. Immediately after her big win, the Dirty Dancing star underwent surgery to repair her injuries.
“I’m still recovering at home,” Grey said at the time.. “I have to rest a bit more, but I feel great — completely pain free.”
Actress Melissa Gilbert had to be rushed to the hospital after sustaining a concussion and whiplash on the show in 2012. The Little House on the Prairie star tweeted “Very soon I will be safely home resting and being taken care of.”
Not all DWTS injuries are felt immediately. And some have long-lasting effects. That was the case for Jersey Shore star Mike “The Situation” Sorrentino, who became addicted to painkillers after an injury on the show. He would eventually check into rehab to battle his obsession.
In a September 2013 interview with the Los Angeles Times, Sorrentino clarified “I have never blamed ‘Dancing With the Stars’ for my injury and subsequent addiction. I knew the risks of participating in a dance competition and it was one of the best experiences of my life."