This might be the most controversial season of Dancing With The Stars yet, and it's barely just started. First it was Tom Bergeron calling out the casting of Sean Spicer, then it was Artem Chigvintsev revealing he was fired from the show with basically no warning.
More recently, Christie Brinkley announced she was leaving the show due to breaking her wrist, but that her daughter Sailor would be taking over.
Sailor Breezes In to Save the Day!
Hey My Friends! So here’s the news. 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 if I’ve disappointed anybody! Only something as bad as this could stop me from continuing to dance with my wonderful coach for @dancingabc ...I was having a blast!!!!Shattering my arm was quite literally a crushing disappointment, i never ever want to let anyone down...so I looked for a silver lining and i think I found one that is is solid gold! Sailor!
But first I would have to convince Sailor to replace me..she was already on the plane to come sit in the audience when I reached her! (Alexa has commitments in NY including her upcoming Cabaret Show at the @cafecarlyle )I also had to convince my student/ @imgmodels Sailor to overcome serious stage fright to replace me on the show! 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
Considering Brinkley hadn't even competed yet, the news was pretty stunning. However that's not the craziest part of it all. After the premiere of DWTS where the video of Brinkley getting injured was shown, Wendy Williams thought something was fishy. On her show, Williams accused Brinkley of faking it so that Sailor could get her big break.
Well, that looked fake as hell. Let me tell you what I see. I don’t see a wrist and a shoulder being fractured. But that was real cute. Here’s my thought: Dancing With the Stars called Christie Brinkley … and she said yes. After she got off the phone, that’s when she plotted her schedule. … In my opinion, I think what Christie did was she signed up for Dancing With the Stars knowing that she’d put her daughter Sailor in there.
Now, you know, Sailor is beautiful. She’s a Sports Illustrated model, but that’s not as big as being a Kendall Jenner. In order for girls to get this leg up, it takes more than beauty, you have to have cache. And that Dancing with the Stars has got a lot of eyeballs watching, and Christie really doesn’t need that. You know who she is. She doesn’t have to dance with the stars for you to know who she is.
So my thought is that she said, ‘Look, Sailor, here’s what we we’re going to do. I’m going to go to a few of these practices, I’m going to go on Good Morning America, get all the press and stuff, I’m going to walk around looking hot and sexy, and then I’m going to play like I broke something.’ And she did break something, allegedly. Although Christie, I must tell you, there wasn’t a believing person in my entire bureau meeting this morning.
So Sailor will be there. I don’t even know that people will care about Sailor Brinkley, but more importantly, at least Christie, at 65, won’t have to be dancing around like that. Because you can look like a teenager on the outside, but it’s all 65 on the inside.
She’ll go every week to support Sailor, looking sexy, they’ll swing the cameras her way so she’ll get her camera time. And Sailor will be dancing. It’s a win-win for the family.
It's a pretty bold accusation to say that Brinkley did all of this for the publicity, but considering what some other celebrity moms have been doing for their kids, it's not out of the realm of possibility. On Brinkley's end, though, she was extremely hurt by Williams' comments.
“I’m totally shocked, because I have been there for Wendy Williams. That is so weird,” she said in a statement to People, bursting into tears. “I have to give her a call … I’m really stunned.”
As for Sailor, she's making the most of the opportunity.
“I didn’t want to at first, honestly,” Sailor told People. “I was terrified. It was a very scary thing for me. The whole idea of having to be live on stage, be on TV dancing, that’s something I’ve never done before. I was so scared, but that was the reason I had to do it. I had to surpass the fear. I had to be stronger than the things that scare me. [My mom] told me to have fun with it and to not let fear stop me from doing any of it."
We'll see how long the drama lasts, just like we'll see how long Sailor lasts.