Melissa Gilbert Still ‘In Pain’ After ‘Dancing’ Concussion

Apr 11, 2012 12:46pm
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Melissa Gilbert before she was taken to the hospital Monday night. Credit: ABC.

After being rushed to the hospital during Monday’s edition of “Dancing with the Stars,” Melissa Gilbert is staying off the floor.

Though she was expected to return to “DWTS” Tuesday, host Tom Bergeron said the former “Little House on the Prairie” star had taken the day off to rest “on her doctor’s advice.” He said she is expected back on the show next week.

Representatives for Gilbert and “Dancing with the Stars” did not immediately respond to ABCNews.com’s requests for comment on her condition.

Gilbert and her professional partner, Maksim Chmerkovskiy, hurt themselves following an aggressive paso doble. Chmerkovskiy injured his elbow and pulled his groin; Gilbert suffered a mild concussion and whiplash and was taken to the hospital after feeling dizzy and nauseous backstage.

Gilbert was well enough to watch the show Tuesday night. In response to Sherri Shepherd’s elimination, she tweeted that she was “truly stunned.” “If they can go any of us is fair game!” she added. “This makes my head hurt even more…”

Following Tuesday’s show, Chmerkovskiy told reporters that Gilbert remains “in pain. She’s got a big headache.”

“I think the doctor said that she had a minor concussion. I know that’s very not pleasant,” he added. “I wish she could take a couple of days off. And honestly, at this point, with Sherri Shepherd getting eliminated I’m not really sure if it’s worth killing yourself and, you know, trying to put on a show when it is what it is.”

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