(WWTI/ABC) -- Tuesday night Dorothy Hamill withdrew from ABC’s “Dancing With the Stars” saying she had nerve damage that could be “irreparable,” and added that she was withdrawing on the advice of her spine surgeon.
Hamill, 56, made the announcement at the end of the first results show of the season.
Speaking with tears in her eyes, the Olympic figure skating legend said she would miss her fellow dancers, and called her pro dance partner, Tristan MacManus, “a treasure,” but said it would be unfair of her to stay if that meant one of her fellow competitors had to go home.
“It’s been a wonderful ride. I wish I could stay but I can’t do justice to the commitment,” she said.
Hamill was one of 12 celebrities vying to the win the show’s season 16.
Tuesday night was to have been the first elimination of the season. Typically, the couple with the lowest combined total of judges’ scores and viewer votes is cut from the competition, but after Hamill’s announcement, no one was sent packing.
Lisa Vanderpump, who stars in “The Real Housewives of Beverly Hills,” and world champion boxer Victor Ortiz were the bottom two after the votes and scores for the first two weeks of competition were combined. One of them would have been eliminated had Hamill not pulled out.