Selma Blair leaves ‘Dancing with the Stars’ due to MS health issues
On Monday night, actress Selma Blair announced that she would leave this season’s “Dancing with the Stars” due to health problems. Over the course of the previous five episodes, Blair, who revealed her diagnosis of multiple sclerosis for the first time in 2018, has shown she can hold her own.
But her body “has taken a hit,” she said. Blair said to her dancing partner Sasha Farber in a taped piece that aired on Monday night, “I have been monitored… I had MRIs, and the results came back, and it all adds up to, I can not go on with the competition.”
I have gone as far as I possibly go. My body has taken a beating, and there are unique considerations to be made while dealing with a chronic illness.
Too much for my bones, that is for sure. I may cause a lot of harm, which is something I definitely do not want to do,” the actress went on to say. To the tune of “What the World Needs Now Is Love,” Blair and Farber danced a farewell Waltz.
There is strength in knowing when it is time to walk away, and this dance is dedicated to everyone who has ever tried and dreamed they could do more. Blair expressed his gratitude for the opportunity to conduct “one last gentle dance.”
In the wake of the news, Sarah Michelle Gellar, who co-starred with Blair in “Cruel Intentions,” posted a photo of the two of them together on her Instagram account, along with a touching note expressing her love and admiration for their friendship.
“Selma, I have never been so proud of you (and I am proud of you often). You inspire the rest of us to know that we can achieve anything we set our minds to. That there is no point in giving up,” Gellar wrote.
I shall miss seeing Selma’s infectious smile every time she took the stage.
According to the Centers for Illness Control and Prevention, multiple sclerosis (MS) is an autoimmune disease that affects the brain and spinal cord. It causes problems with the brain’s ability to communicate with the rest of the body. Its precise origins are a mystery.
The Documentary “Introducing, Selma Blair,” in which Blair discusses her battle with illness, premiered this past weekend. The film depicts Blair enduring stem-cell treatment, which includes chemotherapy, and demonstrates the physical toll that it has had on her.