Oct. 19, 2022 -- Actor Selma Blair is leaving mid-season from Dancing With The Stars amid her battle with multiple sclerosis. The announcement came in a taped segment on Monday’s episode, 4 weeks into the competition.
Blair, 50, waltzed a final dance with partner Sasha Farber to the song “What the World Needs Now is Love.”
“This is a dance for everyone that has tried and hoped they could do more, but also, the power in realizing it’s time to walk away,” she said. “I am so, so grateful to be able to do one last gentle dance.”
Blair, who starred in the film Legally Blonde and other blockbusters, announced her MS diagnosis in 2018. In Monday’s episode, she told Farber she has been monitored by her medical team throughout the competition.
“I had MRIs and the results came back, and it all adds up to [that] I can’t go on with the competition,” she said. “I’ve pushed as far as I could. With a chronic illness, you do have special considerations, and my body has taken a hit. It’s way too much for the safety of my bones. I could do extensive damage that I, of course, do not want.”
MS is a disease of the brain and spinal cord affecting the central nervous system, according to the Mayo Clinic. Symptoms vary widely among patients, ranging from losing the ability to walk for some patients to long periods of remission without any new symptoms for others.
There is no cure for MS, but there are treatments to manage the disease.
Longtime friend and fellow actor Sarah Michelle Gellar wrote on Instagram in honor of Blair: “You make the rest of us believe that we can do anything. That we can never give up.”