Ricki Lake Tweets about first 'Dancing With The Stars' injury - See photo
Ricki Lake has officially suffered her first "Dancing With The Stars" injury.
The actress and talk show host, who is paired up with three-time champ Derek Hough for the show's 13th season, Tweeted a photo a small gash on her leg, which can be seen in the photo above.
"Look, my first injury," Lake wrote on Thursday. "Don't ask how it happened."
The "Dancing With The Stars" staff seemed to take the injury seriously, even if Lake did not. Two hours after her first Tweet Lake wrote, "Not sure how my bruise turned into a medic showing up? I'm fine!! :)" She posted a photo of herself with Hough, fellow contestant J.R. Martinez and his dance partner Karina Smirnoff.
The 42-year-old is prepping for the big competition, which kicks off on September 19. Previously she told OnTheRedCarpet.com that she agreed to compete on "Dancing With The Stars" after watching actress Kirstie Alley overcome hurdles on the previous season.
Lake had attended a taping of an episode of the previous season, which saw Alley fall during a performance and even lose a shoe during a different dance routine. The 60-year-old actress placed second, while Pittsburgh Steelers wide receiver Hines Ward and partner Kym Johnson walked away with the big prize.
"I was like, I gotta do this," Lake told OnTheRedCarpet.com. "The stories, it's so compelling. Kirstie Alley ... that was what pushed me over the edge. Seeing what happened to her physically, seeing what happened internally. You could see on her face, every week, that confidence. You want that feeling."
Both Alley and Lake have battled weight problems throughout their lives. Alley dropped several pounds while competing on "Dancing With The Stars."
On September 8, Lake Tweeted to Alley saying, "I've got my work cut out for me. Channeling ya' mama. Xo." She also posted a photo of herself standing next to a poster of Alley during her stint on "Dancing With The Stars."
Among the other celebrities set to appear on the series this season - Chaz Bono, who underwent a sex change in 2009 and was born Chastity Bono, the daughter of Cher and Sonny Bono, reality star Kristin Cavallari, Los Angeles Laker Ron Artest, actor David Arquette and Chynna Phillips of the group Wilson Phillips.
Fashion expert Carson Kressley, TV host Nancy Grace, soap star J.R. Martinez, U.S. soccer goalkeeper Hope Solo, Italian actress and George Clooney's ex-girlfriend Elisabetta Canalis and "Keeping Up With The Kardashians" star Rob Kardashian make up the rest of the cast.
Lake is best known for her syndicated talk show 'Ricki Lake,' which ran between 1998 and 2004. She is also an actress who has appeared in films like "Hairspray" in 1988 and "Cry-Baby," a 1990 musical movie starring Johnny Depp. Lake also starred in the 1994 dark comedy "Serial Mom."
Lake hosted the VH1 reality show "Charm School" in 2009 and is currently set to return to television full time in the fall of 2012 with a new daytime talk show. She recently got engaged to boyfriend Christian Evans. Lake has two sons with her first husband, Rob Sussman.
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