Christie Brinkley breaks arm in 'Dancing with the Stars' rehearsal, daughter Sailor fills in

USA Today Entertainment 2 months ago

Christie Brinkley has had to back out out of the "Dancing With the Stars" ballroom due to injury, "Good Morning America" reported Monday morning ahead of the show's Season 28 premiere. 

The 65-year-old model has been replaced by her daughter, model Sailor Brinkley-Cook, 21, after suffering a broken arm during rehearsals.

“While rehearsing for the premiere of ‘Dancing with the Stars,’ Christie Brinkley suffered injuries which required surgery to her wrist and arm," a statement from ABC issued to USA TODAY read. "She is unable to continue her planned participation on the show. Keeping it all in the family, her daughter Sailor Brinkley-Cook, a Sports Illustrated model, has chosen to quickly step in with hours to learn the entire routine and will compete in her mother’s place for the remainder of the season."

"She actually shattered her arm," ABC News' Chief Meteorologist Ginger Zee reported on "GMA," adding Brinkley has undergone surgery and "doing well this morning and recovering."

Deena Katz, co-executive producer for the dance competition, explained during a rehearsal Thursday night, Brinkley "got her heel caught," and tried to break her fall with her arm. "She immediately said, 'I think I broke it,' " said Katz.

Brinkley-Cook, who was on her way to support her mom's go at the mirror ball trophy, recalled receiving a call from Brinkley on "GMA."

"Two minutes to takeoff, and my mom calls me and she said, 'Sailor, you need to save the day,' " she remembered. 

Brinkley-Cook said she "freaked out," about her mom's request and thought "I don't know if I can do this. I'm so scared."

After meeting with people from the show and her partner (not yet revealed), Brinkley-Cook said she felt more capable.

"I felt this high of just attacking something that I'm so afraid of seemed so incredible to do," she said, a fact that moves her mom to tears. "She cries every five minutes at the fact that I'm doing this, and the fact that I'm taking over, and it's basically, she always calls it the silver lining. We found the silver lining in a terrible situation."

Brinkley had a good sense of humor about the incident in a statement to ABC News shared by "GMA."

"Showbiz is all about getting a break, and Sailor and I both got one on 'Dancing with the Stars' this season," the statement read. "Sailor joined the cast when I got mine… ouch somebody stop me, it hurts to laugh."

USA TODAY has reached out to a rep for Brinkley for comment.


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