Jewel’s fractured tibia, Nancy O’Dell’s torn meniscus force them out of Dancing

Jewel and Nancy O’Dell have both dropped out of Dancing with the Stars 8 due to injuries they sustained during rehearsals leading up to Monday’s premiere.

“Jewel was diagnosed with a fractured tibia in both legs while training and will have to withdraw from the competition,” ABC’s web site says, while “O’Dell was diagnosed with a torn meniscus while training and will have to withdraw from the competition.” Jewel’s injury is different than the knee injury she discussed on her web site.

O’Dell said she has “torn the meniscus in my knee in two places” and needs “surgery and eight weeks of rehab,” she told Access Hollywood.

Holly Madison will be joining the show, according to one of Hef’s other former girlfriends, and Us Weekly said she’d be replacing Jewel; ABC wouldn’t comment on that for Access Hollywood. Jewel was to be competing against her husband, Ty Murray.

ABC told Access Hollywood show that “both Nancy and Jewel will appear on Monday’s season premiere to talk about their departure from the show and ‘additional changes to the cast’ will also be announced during the premiere.”

Jewel was paired with first-time pro Dmitry Chaplin, while Nancy O’Dell was dancing with Tony Dovolani.

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Injuries Force Access’ Nancy O’Dell & Jewel Out Of ‘Dancing With The Stars’ [Access Hollywood]

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