May 05, 2009 05:00 PM by Britteny Elrick
In a recent article, we told you about Jewel’s comments on Ty Murray’s blog regarding the Dancing With The Starspolicy, whichallows injured contestants to be scored based on dress rehearsal performances. Jewel said she thought that dancing should be treated like any other sport, where if you’re injured you are out of the competition. This has been reproduced all over entertainment sites and blogs to mean that Jewel was being catty towards Melissa Rycroft, who had been out that week due to a fractured rib. Find out what she had to say…
Last week, on her own personal blog, Jewel wrote: “Wow! I can’t believe my comment on Ty’s website got so mangled- and now gossip columns hijacked it and put words in my mouth! Go back to my original blog- I like Melissa and think she’s gifted (and a real Texas sweetheart), and I adore Steve-O. My comment had nothing to do with either of them.”
She continues to clarify her statements: “My comment was on a sports website about a rule I have never seen in any type of competition before. Name another sport where if you can’t compete, they use your score from practice. Can you imagine an Olympic diver who can’t compete for any reason, and so they let them use their practice dives from that day? Or a chess match, for that matter. If Ty were in the same position, I’d still ask the same thing.”
Lastly, she concludes by reiterating that she has no harsh feelings against Melissa: “I am not a mean-spirited person, and I think all my fans know that. Ty and I have fallen in love with all the contestants, and are in awe of how hard they all work. I can tell you that whoever wins this competition will have earned it, as I see firsthand how incredibly hard they all work. So please don’t believe what the gossip columns are trying to turn this into. This isn’t a catty girl versus girl thing they are trying to make it into- neither I nor Melissa are like that.”
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