Dancing with the Stars frontrunner Alfonso Ribeiro is again plagued by injury, but as the Inquisitr previously reported, this time it might force him to leave the program. With only a short time left, Ribeiro is fighting to stay in a competition he may very well win.
TMZ reported Friday that Ribeiro hurt his back trying to overcompensate for his injured upper leg, which he hurt while performing his infamous Fresh Prince of Bel-Air “Carlton Dance” earlier this DWTS season. He skipped Thursday rehearsals and was being medically evaluated.
Today, Ribeiro sent good news to fans through a tweet that thanked his supporters and gave them hope of a recovery.
Hey #TeamWitfonso thanks 4 all the love. I’m working really hard to be able to dance Monday. Keep the prayers coming. Love you all.
— Alfonso Ribeiro (@alfonso_ribeiro) November 15, 2014
His partner Witney Carson was more specific, indicating Ribeiro’s recovery was in sight.
Thank you #TeamWitfonso for all the love. @alfonso_ribeirosback is better but still in pain… We are staying positive
— WitneyCarson (@WitneyCarson) November 15, 2014
Even Alfonso’s wife, Angela, who recently had her pregnancy revealed by Ribeiro on the show, indicated she was helping him through the crisis.
— Angela Ribeiro(@angiesue224) November 15, 2014
The news has invoked messages of support from fans.
— Mallory Jones (@MalloryJones13) November 16, 2014
Alfonso is probably best known as Carlton from Fresh Prince, but he had a notable career as a child actor. In addition to three years on Silver Spoons, co-starring with future NYPD Blue star Rick Schroder, Ribeiro was featured in a Pepsi commercial with Michael Jackson in the 1980s, where he danced in unison with the King of Pop. You can check out a clip of Ribeiro and Schroeder dancing on Silver Spoons in the clip below.
Monday’s DWTS is the show’s semi-final episode, with five couples competing — assuming Alfonso and Witney can stick it out for at least one more week. Each couple will perform two dances, but in a special twist, they will use the same song both times — one version “plugged,” and other version “unplugged.” Alfonso and Witney are set to move to “Love Runs Out,” originally performed by One Republic.
The other remaining celebrities on the show are Bethany Mota, Janel Parrish, Sadie Robertson, and Tommy Chong.