Kim Zolciak has been eliminated from the Season 21 installment of “Dancing With the Stars.” And according to one of the show’s judges, Carrie Ann Inaba, there’s no way the Bravo reality star will be allowed back on the ballroom floor – regardless of how many fans sign the former competitor’s petition to have her return to the show.
“I feel bad for her but those are the rules, and you know, I am a strong abider by the rules,” Inaba told Entertainment Tonight Wednesday, adding that the “rules are important” to her. “I feel badly for her, but it would be unfair to the other competitors.”
During Week 3 of the 2015 installment, Zolciak and her partner, Tony Dovolani, were forced to withdraw from the competition after the “Real Housewives of Atlanta” star was unable to perform during Monday night’s episode. Reason being, Zolciak had suffered a “mini stroke” four days before the live performance and wasn’t given clearance by her doctor to board a plane from Georgia to California, preventing her from performing her routine.
“I can dance, I just can’t fly,” Zolciak attempted to make her case on Monday night’s show via Skype of why she should be allowed to stay.
However, “DWTS” co-host Tom Bergeron revealed that “rules are rules” and that the dancing duo were being eliminated from the competition.
“The rules state, and these are rules that we had since 2005 when we started the show, and I’m quoting from them: ‘In the instance of illness or other health related matters effecting a participant’s ability to participate in the game, they must withdraw,’” the longtime host revealed.
After getting eliminated, Zolciak and Dovolani took to social media to try and convince the network to let them return to the dance floor, even encouraging their fans to sign a petition. But Inaba stated that there’s no way the foxtrotting twosome would be allowed back onto the series.
“No, there’s no way she can come back,” the judge confirmed. “But it think it’s good – not good in that way – but good in that now she can spend time with her family. ‘Dancing With the Stars’ is very grueling, and that’s a serious thing to have a mini-stroke. I want her to take good care of herself. We wish you well, Kim," she told ET.
“Dancing With the Stars” airs Monday nights at 8 p.m. EDT on ABC.