For the first time in 21 seasons, Dancing with the Stars has forced a celebrity to withdraw from the show due to injury. Former housewife Kim Zolciak and her professional dancer partner Tony Dovolani were officially disqualified from the show after her doctor advised her not to make the flight out to Los Angeles following her mini-stroke last week.
Host of the show, Tom Bergeron explained that although both Tony and Kim pleaded to remain on the show, the executives ultimately decided to disqualify them, as they would have to go through lawyers and a bunch of bureaucracy if they were to let them stay in the competition (due to the set rules dealing with health-related matters).
Fellow professional dancer Mark Ballas, who is still on the show, discussed the decision. He noted, “If it’s in the contract, it’s in the contract. If it’s in the rules, it’s in the rules. We’ve had people withdraw before, just not in this fashion. What are you going to do? The reality is health and family come first. It’s not easy. Yeah, it’s a fun show, but it’s very physical.”
In contrast, fellow dancer Derek Hough commented more light-heartedly, saying, “If they wanted to have her come back, I’d absolutely be fine with that.”
The announcement of their disqualification was made last night during the show. Kim’s partner Tony was interviewed shortly after, saying, “We didn’t know until Tom announced it. I didn’t know, but when Tom hugged me, I knew right away.”
Kim also took to Twitter after the surprising news. The post read, “[I’m] a winner regardless! I have the most incredible husband (thanks for being my rock) and 6 AMAZING kids! #BringKimandTonyBack”
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