DWTS injury: Christie Brinkley out as daughter Sailor subs in for her entire season

Christie Brinkley in her promo photo for Dancing with the Stars
Christie Brinkley is out on Dancing With the Stars. Pic credit: ABC/Justin Stephens

Season 28 of ABC’s long-running competition Dancing With the Stars just got a cast shakeup as Christie Brinkley is out and her daughter Sailor is in.

Ageless former model Christie Brinkley has suffered serious injuries that have removed her from the dance competition.


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“A woman is like a tea bag – you can’t tell how strong she is until you put her in hot water.” and Eleanor Roosevelt also said, ”You have to accept whatever comes and the only important thing is that you meet it with courage and with the best that you have to give.” Hope you tune in Monday night, let’s just say there will be surprises and the water will be hot!??

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Brinkley, 65, revealed on Good Morning America today that she broke her arm during rehearsals and will need to undergo surgery.

The good news is that fast-moving producers are subbing in her look-alike daughter Sailor as her competition understudy.

On Instagram, Brinkley revealed Sailor as her substitution:


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Sailor Breezes I n to Save the Day! I just broke my arm into a 1000 pieces requiring surgery with a metal plate and screws to hold my arm together..Im so sorry! Only something like that cold stop me from continuing to dance with my wonderful coach…I was having a blast ! It was quite literally a crushing disappointment ,i never ever want to let anyone down, so I looked for a silver lining and i think this one is solid gold! But first Iwould have to convince Sailor to replace me , (Alexa has commitments in NY including her upcoming Cabaret Show l @cafecarlyle ) But my student/ @imgmodels Sailor would have to overcome serious stage fright! Sailor always meets her challenges head on and realized she did not want to be defined by her fears so with just hours to learn my routine she is turning my defeat or should i say two left feat into her own victory of courage! So Ladies and Gents I give you my beautiful Sunflower Sailor Lee. And i think you are all going to have a blast together on this season of @dancingabc ! Sorry for the typos it’s my right arm! And Sailor Thank you for taking a very disappointing turn of events into something very special! you know Showbiz is all about getting a break and I guess you can say Sailor and I both got one on this season of @dancingabc #teamsailaV c”est la vie!

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Brinkley was part of the cast that was announced live on Good Morning America on Wednesday, August 21, and now, BBC Studios and ABC have jointly issued a statement regarding Brinkley’s situation and participation in Dancing with the Stars.

“While rehearsing for the premiere of ‘Dancing with the Stars,’ Christie Brinkley suffered injuries which required surgery to her wrist and arm. 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. We wish Christie a full and speedy recovery and look forward to seeing her in the audience, whenever possible, proudly supporting Sailor.”

On social media, Good Morning America also tweeted out the news with a photo of her daughter Sailor:

About Christie Brinkley

This ageless mother of three began her career as a supermodel and then became an author. Brinkley is a successful skincare and organic prosecco (Bellissima, from Treviso, Italy) entrepreneur too.

Christie Brinkley is one of the most photographed cover girls worldwide with over 500 magazine covers under her belt.

In the acting arts, Brinkley appeared in the Tony Award-winning revival of the musical Chicago as Roxie Hart. Christy has an exceptional work ethic and an uncanny ability to defy her chronological age in the looks department.   She has worked as a model for more than 30 years and spent 45 years in the beauty industry.

Discovered in France, Brinkley was quickly a success in modeling and even was the coveted cover girl on Sports Illustrated for three consecutive years, with a fourth special issue cover.

In an extended interview with ET in Canada, Brinkley mentioned her desire to learn some dancing moves and take a chance on the entire process.

She said: “I decided to be on Dancing with the Stars because I really need dance lessons and and so to be offered dance lessons from these amazing dancers is like… I know it’s such an opportunity for me. I always wanted to be able to dance and so I think it’s going to be so much fun.”

Many people remember Christie’s first dancing foray was for her former husband Billy Joel’s Uptown Girl music video.

Joel was her second husband and they had a daughter, Alexa, together. Married four times, Brinkley has three children, with her daughter Sailor being the youngest.

Dancing With the Stars premieres Monday, September 16, at 8/7c on ABC.

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