Misty May-Treanor confirmed she is withdrawing from “Dancing With the Stars” at the conclusion of Monday night’s competition round of the popular ABC show.
“I am out,” Misty, who hit the stage in crutches and with her lower left leg in a cast, told “Dancing” host Tom Bergeron. “I’m not out of cheering on the competitors and keeping in touch with everybody, but I am now gonna be on the sidelines.”
As previously reported on AccessHollywood.com, Misty’s “Dancing” career was put in jeopardy after suffering an injury during rehearsals last Friday. And on Monday night’s show, Misty revealed that her torn Achilles tendon requires surgery, which she will undergo on Tuesday.
“I’m going into surgery tomorrow,” Misty said. “I came back from another serious injury [and] I know with this one I’m gonna come back even stronger.”
Misty, an Olympic volleyball gold medalist, previously injured her knee.
Despite the latest physical trouble, Misty said it will not impact her plans as a professional athlete too much.
“You know what? I was planning on taking time off next year anyway,” she said. “I get to spend time with my husband now, but also… it really didn’t throw a wrench into any of the plans that we had.”
Misty offered additional details about exactly how she injured herself while practicing the jive with Maksim last Friday.
“I was doing the lindy hop, finishing up, heard a pop over here… It felt like I got hit in the back with a baseball bat,” she explained. “Then I just couldn’t put weight on it.”
The volleyball star said she was sad that her departure ends Maks’ season as well.
“First off, I think all the women are going to be upset with me because he was only on the show for this amount of time,” Misty said. “I couldn’t have picked a better partner to be with. He’s taught me so much… He’s such an awesome dancer and I learned the best moves from him… He’s a very sensitive, caring guy and I feel like the world needs more Maksims.”
And Maks said he too was disappointed to see Misty go.
“Somebody described her as ‘angelic,’ and I think it’s a perfect description,” he said. “She’s a perfect person and there’s not a bad bone in her body. I’m really sad, but I hope that we’ll stay friends.”
And as for the dancers still left standing, for the third week in a row, Brooke Burke triumphed in the ballroom during the competition round of “Dancing With the Stars.”
Brooke, who danced the Viennese waltz with her partner, professional Derek Hough, obtained the first 10 given out during Season 7. The two were given a perfect score by judge Len Goodman who was thrilled by their moving ballroom dance.
Find out the finals scores of all your favorite dancers HERE!