Melissa Gilbert suffers mild concussion and whiplash after ‘DWTS’ injury
Despite giving what the judges called “her best performance of the season,” it was not a dance to remember for Melissa Gilbert on Monday night’s episode of “Dancing With the Stars.”
The “Little House on the Prairie” star hit her head on the floor while dancing a rock-themed Paso Doble with professional partner Maksim Chmerkovskiy and was taken to the hospital after complaining of dizziness before the broadcast was over.
The 47-year-old actress did not let on during the judging that something was wrong. But professional dancer Karina Smirnoff later told “The Hollywood Reporter” that Gilbert was dizzy and lightheaded backstage and had to be carried down from the stage’s elevated “red room” by fellow competitor Gavin DeGraw.
Chmerkovskiy reportedly followed her to the hospital.
Although host Tom Bergeron announced at the end of the show Gilbert had left the studio, no further details were given.
But Gilbert later tweeted: "I'm alright. Mild concussion and whiplash. Very soon I will be safely home resting and being taken care of.” She also tweeted : "@MaksimC you are my champion. I adore you. @GavinDeGraw bless your heart for carrying me down those stairs!”
Chmerkovskiy responded by tweeting to Gilbert: “You're an ABSOLUTE ROCK STAR! You inspire me! Have so much more to say, but...... LOVE YOU!”
Gilbert has also been tending to an injured back, which she had surgery on in 2010 after suffering an injury on a musical adaptation of “Little House on the Prairie.”