March 06, 2009 12:00 PM by Paulene Hinds
Less than one week before the competition, ABC have finally confirmed that Jewel will not be dancing on season 8 of Dancing With The Stars, but her injuries go beyond just tendonitis of the knee. The singer has actually fractured her tibia bones in both legs. ABC also reported that besides Jewel being out of the comptition, Access Hollywood host, Nancy O’Dell is also out as she has a torn meniscus in her knee which will surgery!
Jewel expressed her upset over being out of the competition saying, “When the doctors told me my injuries were so severe that I couldn’t walk, let alone compete, I was devastated that I couldn’t continue the show.” Jewel added, “I have every intention of being at Dancing With The Stars this season supporting my husband, Ty, and his partner, Chelsie (Hightower). I hope to be back on the show in the future.”
Nancy O’Dell also spoke about her feelings on leaving Dancing With The Stars. “Beyond disappointment doesn’t even being to describe how I feel about not being able to continue on Dancing With The Stars,’” she said. “It has been one of my favorite shows since Season One! But I have torn the meniscus in my knee in two places, which requires surgery. Dancing With The Stars was a great experience. I’ll miss working with my partner, Tony Dovolani, and all the other wonderful people on the amazing production that is Dancing with the Stars.”
Changes to the cast will be officially announced during the Dancing With The Stars season premiere on Monday and ABC will not confirm reports that Holly Madison, star of E!’s The Girls Next Door, will be Jewel’s replacement. It also has not been reported whether Dancing With The Stars will have enough time to find a replacement for Nancy O’Dell. Both ladies are still slated to appear on the show’s season premiere ABC said.
Dancing With The Stars executive producer Conrad Green saidthe show is going to have to look at their rehearsal policies in the future in light of the two star injuries. In an interview with Entertainment Weekly he said, “Obviously, going forward, we’re going to have to look at our policies.”Adding, “Unfortunately, injuries can come anytime. This is an intensely physical show. It’s easy to forget that at home…. It’s also a great cautionary tale and lesson to all future celebrities. What’s important is that people don’t overdo it.” Conrad Greensaid that each season he warns the stars competiting that it’s not as easy as it looks to sashay across the dance floor. “That’s why we give them a month to train,” he said to EW. “We want them to gently work their way into it. This is a marathon, not a sprint. But people get the bug. They get competitive.”
Some are reporting that the Dancing With The Stars curse has hit again. Last season there were multiple injuries to the dancers and Olympic gold medalist Misty May Treanor had to leave the competition and have surgery for an injured achilles tendon.
Photo Credits: ABC/ADAM LARKEY, Glenn Weiner/ZUMA Press