Transcript for 'Dancing With the Stars' Contestant Leaves After Injury
Reporter: Last night in the first elimination of this season's "dancing with the stars" -- dorothy and tristan could come out. Reporter: The most shocking elimination ever. I've taken the advice of my spine surgeon and I need to withdraw from the competition. Reporter: Figure skating sweetheart dorothy hamill announced she was leaving the show after only two weeks of competition due to a recently discovered injury. I have an injury that could be irreparable and nerve damage and would be unfair for me to stay in this and have any of these people go home. Reporter: Her withdrawal meant neither lisa vanderpump or victor ortiz were eliminated despite being the bottom two couples. Hamill's announcement garnered a standing "o." I wish I could give it my all and I can't. Reporter: What was it like receiving a standing ovation tonight? I was trying to keep it together because I didn't want to be a blithering idiot. Denial is powerful until i really knew what I was dealing with, I realized this isn't just a muscle thing. Reporter: The diagnosis a cyst on her spine. It's radiating down my leg and ply foot and I have no stability in my ankle. You know, I can't put my toes back. Reporter: Although her dancing dreams were cut short she made a lasting impression amongst the stars. She's quiet today and I was watching her and wondering what was going on. Was she nervous because today is elimination day. I had no idea what was going on. She's even classier because she never said a word. I have a feeling we'll possibly see you back on the ballroom floor. Would you like to come back? I would love to come back. I would love to come back. I'm going to be sitting there rooting everybody on so I'll be here, definitely. Reporter: For "good morning america," rachel smith, abc news, los angeles. What grace, true, true champion. We are joined now by the two couples would are safe from elimination. "Real housewife" lisa vanderpump went jiggy there on her lap, yay. Her partner. Good morning. And in this corner boxing champion victor ortiz, his partner lindsay arnold. Thank you all forting up so early and being with us. Lisa and victor, so emotional last night, I mean, everyone in tears with what dorothy did. I know you had a chance to bond with her in a north amount of time, lisa. Yeah, she -- I became very close to her. I'm so sorry. It was a hard night for all of us but I think especially her. My heart goes out to her because she really wanted it and really fought against it all week. I just love that woman. A class act. I saw tears in your eyes too, victor. Yeah, it was -- you know, she's amazing. I was the guy that always kind of bonded with her before and after practices and I saw how hard she worked so I know she was working super hard for this one and I don't know, just for her to step in like at, it was very, very I guess to a point of bigger than someone else could do, you know, it was like -- she's amazing, though. She was fantastic. It was a sad ordeal my heart goes out to her, as well. We feel the same way and in a short amount of time the way you all have gotten so close. Do you have this second lease on life? You get the second dance now, lisa. What are you going to do with this opportunity that you have? Oh, good lord. I think we just got to work harder. It did shake us up a bit last night but we're having an incredible experience, I have to say that, just the camaraderie between all of us has been so positive but last night when we were standing there, I had gleb on one side and victor who was gripping my hand saying I'm going to throw up. It wasn't easy. Victor, gleb seems to be pushing you, almost teasing you out there. How are you going to wow him? You know what, I'm going to trust my partner lindsay and, you know, I'm going to work as hard as she needs me to. Apparently from this point on, I'm all hers, anything she wants 110%. There's a partner. Yeah. This is your first season on the show. How relieved are you to have another week? Oh. Honestly, after last night i just do not ever want to be in that position again. We're so happy to be here. That will inspire you. We're just really ready to bring it for next week. That's true. I want to ask the two stars, lisa and victor, is it much harder than you thought because victor, we saw you get so frustrated and almost walk out of a rehearsal. How does this compare to your life in boxing and what you thought this would be. You know what, this is -- it was a very -- well now I look back on it, a very embarrassing moment for me to try to give up on the dance. I've been at the top of my game in boxing and I just think something as simple as this little person next to me and me breaking down like that was just -- it was horrible, uncalled for. It does test you emotionally. It definitely does. Really tests me. You've lived to dance another day. Thank you all very much.
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