Melissa Rycroft suffers herniated disc on 'Dancing With The Stars' set
Melissa Rycroft suffered a herniated disc while rehearsing for "Dancing With The Stars" on Sunday, October 21, according to a new statement from ABC.
It was initially reported that Rycroft was rushed to the hospital after practicing for Monday's group number. She was later released.
"Melissa Rycroft suffered an on set injury during yesterday's Sunday camera blocking rehearsal and was immediately taken to the hospital. We can confirm Melissa was diagnosed with a disc herniation at the C4-C5 level of her cervical spine," a spokesperson for ABC said in a statement obtained by OTRC.com on Monday, October 22. "At this time, Melissa's ability to perform in tonight's show will be a show time decision."
Rycroft took to her official Twitter page on Monday to thank fans for their support.
"Thank you so much for sending your prayers," Rycroft wrote. "Still seeing and talking to docs this AM, will give more details soon, but thanks for your love!"
Her "Dancing With The Stars" pro partner Tony Dovolani, who accompanied her to the hospital, Tweeted on Monday, "Thank you all for your prayers@MelissaRycroft 's health is the most important to me ! So fingers crossed that she's ok."
Last week, Rycroft and Dovolani finished in fourth place in the judges' scores with 37 out of 40 for their Jitterbug.
Rycroft is best known for participating on the 13th season of "The Bachelor." She and "Bachelor" Jason Mesnick became engaged at the end of the season. However, during the reunion show, Mesnick broke up with Rycroft and reunited with runner-up Molly during the episode to ask for another chance.
Rycroft later found love again and married Tye Strictland in December 2009 and welcomed her first child, a daughter named Ava Grace, in February 2011.
Due to the presidential debate, only four of the eight couples will dance on Monday. The remaining couples will dance Tuesday and there will be no elimination this week.