PureDWTS Season 28: Christie Brinkley Out Due to Broken Arm; Daughter Sailor Stepping in

It’s been a busy morning, so I don’t have all the deets, but Christie apparently (recently?) broke her arm during rehearsal and can’t dance, so her 21-year-old daughter Sailor is taking her place this season, per GMA:

“Dancing With the Stars” contestant Christie Brinkley broke her arm in rehearsals and will not be able to hit the dance floor this season.

In a statement, BBC Studios and ABC said, “Brinkley suffered injuries which required surgery to her wrist and arm,” keeping her from participating in the competition.

But Brinkley’s fans will still have someone to root for: her daughter.

Brinkley’s 21-year-old daughter, Sailor Brinkley-Cook, a Sports Illustrated model, has stepped in to take her mother’s place for the remainder of the season.

“Showbiz is all about getting a break, and Sailor and I both got one on ‘Dancing with the Stars’ this season,” Brinkley said in a statement, joking about her injury. “Sailor joined the cast when I got mine … ouch somebody stop me, it hurts to laugh!”

Brinkley-Cook has already hit the ground running with only hours to learn her mother’s entire dance routine.

She even fit perfectly into her mom’s performance outfit for the season premiere. Brinkley’s outfit did not need to be altered at all.

And this is me rolling my eyes…cause the few previous times that someone got injured prior to the premiere and they found a replacement, we got the likes of Holly Madison, Carson Kressley, and Master P (Melissa Rycroft was a notably skilled outlier). OF COURSE they just happened to have a young, able-bodied, semi-famous partner waiting in the wings for the golden boy when his older partner of questionable dance skill broke her arm in the 11th hour…

ETA: Vogue here. Here is a video from GMA on this news. The cast talks on it at camera blocking and more..

UPDATE: Per a source, the broken arm happened on Thursday at rehearsal, and Sailor was already rehearsing in Christie’s stead by Friday…and she apparently “has some previous dance training”. *facepalm*