Just two weeks before Season 21 of Dancing With the Stars is set to debut, the show has lost one of its popular professional dancers. Peta Murgatroyd, who was set to star with musician Andy Grammer, is sitting the season out due to an ankle injury. Murgatroyd broke the news to fans by way of a lengthy post on Twitter.
“I learned that my ankle injury is at a stage that needs surgery immediately. I’m so sorry but I have to step out of Season 21 of DWTS. This is obviously one of the toughest decisions I’ve ever made and I seriously struggled with the idea of not being able to dance, but I know my health does come first, and the sooner I get this done, the sooner I can be back in the ballroom for all of you!”
Murgatroyd told People that it was a gut feeling that something was not right with her ankle that led her to seek medical advice.
“I wanted to check it out properly and make sure I was good to go for the season. I got my MRI results back and it was a really bad diagnosis. It showed I had four torn ligaments and a floating piece of bone at the back of my ankle. My doctor said I needed surgery and I knew I needed to put my health first if I want to keep dancing on the show into my 30s.”
Entertainment Tonight reports that Peta has been a Dancing With the Stars pro since Season 13, having started as a troupe member in 2011. The first-look promotional materials for Season 21 had featured Murgatroyd in an embrace with another pro, Artem Chigvintsev.
Murgatroyd said in her Twitter message that she expected to make guest appearances during the season, in the audience and in group dance numbers.
Grammer sent his best wishes to his almost-partner. His new professional teacher has yet to be announced.
Grammer has been on the Dancing With the Stars stage before as a musical guest, notably last year during Nastia Liukin and Sasha Farber’s routine.
— Official DWTS (@DancingABC) August 31, 2015
The full celebrity and professional roster for Season 21 of Dancing With the Stars is set to be revealed on the morning of September 2. The new season starts on September 14 on ABC.
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