Kathy Ireland concealed DWTS injury because she didn’t want “sympathy votes”

Kathy Ireland was eliminated from Dancing with the Stars in its second week, but has only now revealed that she needs knee surgery. That’s surprising considering how much the ABC series revels in injury porn.

On Friday, she wrote, over two tweets, “the truth is… after my little spin on DWTS am going 2 have knee surgery. Did not want people 2 know” “during voting process becuz sympathy votes & drama not my thing. Have not told many in my family.”

The revelation was prompted by an unnamed tabloid’s forthcoming story about her injury. Before revealing the injury, Kathy wrote, “Seeking advice from you…learned a tabloid is planning story on my DWTS experience. Do I ignore or bore you here with details b4 it runs?”

Review: Married at First Sight

Marriage At First Sight

In an era of Tinder and Grindr, instant acceptance or dismissal of a potential partner, or instant sex with another body, Married at First Sight offers the thrill of watching strangers deal with the very basics of relationships.

Beyond the headline-grabbing premise, the series has turned out to be a stripped-down, authentic exploration of something very interesting. Read the full review.

about the writer

Andy Dehnart is a journalist who has covered reality television for more than 15 years and created reality blurred in 2000. A member of the Television Critics Association, his writing and criticism about television, culture, and media has appeared on NPR and in Playboy, Buzzfeed, and many other publications. Andy, 36, also directs the journalism program at Stetson University in Florida, where he teaches creative nonfiction and journalism. He has an M.F.A. in nonfiction writing and literature from Bennington College. More about reality blurred and Andy.