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Star Will Definitely Be Cheering for Her DWTS Replacement

After Christie Brinkley breaks arm in rehearsals, daughter Sailor Brinkley Cook steps in
By Jenn Gidman,  Newser Staff
Posted Sep 16, 2019 10:30 AM CDT
Sailor Brinkley Cook, left, laughs with her mother, Christie Brinkley, right, during the first half of an NBA basketball game between the Miami Heat and the New York Knicks on Friday, April 6, 2018, in...   (AP Photo/Frank Franklin II)
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(Newser) – The new season of Dancing With the Stars premieres Monday night, but one of the heavily promoted stars has already had to drop out. Per Entertainment Weekly, Christie Brinkley was injured during a rehearsal session for the 28th season of the hit ABC dance competition and won't be able to take part in the show, but a replacement has already been named: her 21-year-old daughter, Sports Illustrated model Sailor Brinkley Cook. "Keeping it all in the family ... Sailor Brinkley Cook ... 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," an ABC statement announces. The statement adds that Brinkley "suffered injuries which required surgery to her wrist and arm."

Good Morning America reports the damage is a "shattered" arm, showing a quick clip of the moment during rehearsals when Brinkley tumbles to the floor, then grabs her wrist, wincing in pain. "We wish Christie a full and speedy recovery and look forward to seeing her in the audience, whenever possible, proudly supporting Sailor," ABC adds. Brinkley's take, via her own joke-filled statement: "Showbiz is all about getting a break, and Sailor and I both got one on Dancing With the Stars this season. Sailor joined the cast when I got mine ... ouch somebody stop me, it hurts to laugh!" (The show's host wasn't too keen about the inclusion of one of this season's other stars.)

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