Please keep your thoughts and prayers with Melissa Gilbert tonight. After her dance with Maks on Dancing With The Stars, she was rushed to the hospital. More below from The Hollywood Reporter….
Host Tom Bergeron acknowledged Gilbert’s injury at the end of the live taping, but ABC reps on site would not elaborate, only saying that a full update would be given during Tuesday’s episode.
Backstage, Gilbert and partner Maksim Chmerkovskiy’s fellow competitors helped piece together the events.
In the middle of Gilbert’s Paso Doble with Chmerkovskiy, which earned them a cumulative score of 22, she hit her head on the ballroom floor. And though she didn’t let on during the judges’ commentary, pro Karina Smirnoff told The Hollywood Reporter and other media reps that Gilbert started complaining of dizziness and of feeling lightheaded. She was so weakened, singer Gavin DeGraw carried her down from the stage’s elevated “red room” and out of the studio.
With about 20 minutes left in the episode, Gilbert was put on a stretcher and taken, by ambulance, to a hospital. Chmerkovskiy followed her.
Let’s hope she’s ok and we find out more soon.
Keep your thoughts with Maria Menounos too since she is battling injuries as well.
UPDATE: And here’s is a tweet from Melissa on her condition….
I'm alright. Mild concussion and whiplash. Very soon I will be safely home resting and being taken care of.
— Melissa Gilbert (@GilbertforMI) April 10, 2012