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18th Oct 2022

Selma Blair leaves Dancing With The Stars over health concerns

Ellen Fitzpatrick

She’ll be missed.

Selma Blair has departed US dancing series Dancing With The Stars over health concerns despite getting top scores.

The actress revealed in 2018 that she had been diagnosed with multiple sclerosis, which is now having an impact on her performance on the show.

Making the decision to leave the competition, breaking the news to dance partner Sasha Farber, saying: “You know I’ve been monitored and in touch with my doctors this whole process.

“I had these MRIs and when the results came back, it just all adds up to I can’t. I can’t. I can’t go on with the competition. I pushed as far as I could.

“With a chronic illness, you do have special considerations and my body is definitely taking a hit. It’s way too much for the safety of my bones.

“There’s just intensive bone trauma and inflammation among rips and tears so I could do extensive damage that of course, I do not want.”

Pro dancer Sasha went on to tell her: “My main worry is your health. You’re my champion.”

The 50 year old was left in tears as she performed a Waltz to What The World Needs Now Is Love, with judges Len Goodman, Bruno Tonioli, Carrie Ann Inaba, and Derek Hough giving her a perfect 40.

Len said: “This competition is tough for everyone. But if the others had climbed hills, you have climbed mountains.”

Bruno added: “I feel privileged to have known you. You have inspired millions of people. Your star has never shone brighter.”

Carrie Ann went on to say: “Watching you get out here each week is like watching a living, breathing, elegantly dancing miracle. You have brought so much awareness for people who struggle with chronic illness, who deal with chronic pain. You have been nothing but an inspiration.”

Due to Selma’s decision to leave the show, it was revealed that no other celebrities would be eliminated that week.

Selma was diagnosed with MS four years ago, a condition which affects the brain and spinal cord that can lead to a variety of potential symptoms including issues with vision, arm or leg movement, sensation or balance.