Supermodel Christie Brinkley broke her arm during rehearsal and will not be on the dance floor when “Dancing With the Stars’ begins tonight – or for any part of the season.
It was announced Monday morning that Brinkley “suffered injuries which required surgery to her wrist and arm,” that will prevent her from competing this season.
Her daughter, Sailor Brinkley-Cook, a Sports Illustrated model, has stepped into take her mom’s place in the ballroom
Video shown on ABC’s “Good Morning America’ show Brinkley rehearsing with her partner Val Chmerkovskiy when she takes a tumble and suffers the injury.
“Showbiz is all about getting a break, and Sailor and I both got one on ‘Dancing with the Stars’ this season,” Brinkley said in a statement, joking about her injury. “Sailor joined the cast when I got mine … ouch somebody stop me, it hurts to laugh!”
Brinkley-Cook has had only hours to learn her mother’s dance routine with Chmerkovskiy but is determined to do her best for her mom, according to “GMA.’
“I’m doing this mostly for my mom! I just want to make her happy and make her proud,” she told the morning show. “She loved doing this, she loves dancing and she loves performing and getting hurt was her worst nightmare.”
Sailor told “GMA’s’ Ginger Zee her mom called her and asked her to save the day by dancing in her place, saying her mom is always looking for the silver lining.
“We found the silver lining … I guess I’m it,’ Sailor said, admitting she had to overcome some anxiety before agreeing to step in.
“Dancing With the Stars,’ one of ABC’s most popular reality shows premieres Monday night with a high-profile cast that includes country singer Lauren Alaina, pop star Ally Brooke, “Bachelorette’ Hannah Brown, “Queer Eye’ host Karamo Brown, “Office’ co-star Kate Flannery, NFL Hall of Famer Ray Lewis, comedian/actor Kel Mitchell, former NBA champ Lamar Odom, former White House press secretary Sean Spicer, TV star James Van Der Beek, and Supreme singer Mary Wilson.
Oddsmakers, such as BetOnline, will likely make adjustments, possibly by the time this publishes. Brinkley was at +2000 to win the reality contest, the odds may get better with her daughter stepping in.
The show premieres Monday night at 8 p.m. when the public will learn which celebs are paired with which professional dancer and each couple will perform their first dance.