Selma Blair graciously pulled out of “Dancing With the Stars” on Monday night due to ongoing health issues.
The ‘Cruel Intentions’ star and his professional partner, Sasha Farber, performed one last dance together at the ‘Most Memorable Year’ party, a tear-filled waltz to Andra Day’s ‘What The World Needs Now Is Love’ . The routine was choreographed to reflect the year 2018 for Blair, when she was diagnosed with multiple sclerosis (MS) after years of illness.
“It was a very emotional night for me,” Blair, 50, told Page Six after the show. “Because it was filled with so much love for me and my love for everyone here has really, really, really returned.”
When asked what she learned about herself on her journey through the dance competition, the ‘Legally Blonde’ star said she exceeded her own expectations in many ways.
“I learned that I could do things that I didn’t even think I wanted to do anymore,” she explained. “I learned this with passion and [hope] that you might feel as beautiful as the people you look at. That can be inspiring.
She continued, “To me, there’s never any hopelessness in comparison when you’re with a crowd like this, with these celebrities and these pros. I’m so proud of this show and this production to have hosted a few of us [like Daniel Durant, who is deaf] where it’s just a little extra challenge. But look at how we prove ourselves in different ways.
Farber, 38, also addressed his exit, reflecting on how inspiring it was to be associated with such an “icon” this season.
“There aren’t enough words to say how proud I am,” he told reporters on Monday night. “She is a real inspiration. She has not only inspired me, but so many people around the world…there is nothing this lady can’t do.
According to the National Multiple Sclerosis Society, MS is “a disease that affects the brain, spinal cord, and optic nerves, which make up the central nervous system and control everything we do.” Symptoms include memory and speech problems, pain, fatigue and difficulty walking.
Blair explained in a pre-recorded interview that aired ahead of her performance on Monday night that she had to leave the competition due to issues with her condition.
“I had MRIs and the results came back, and it all adds up to say I can’t continue competing. I pushed as far as I could,” Blair told Farber. “With a chronic illness, you have special considerations and my body has taken a hit. It’s way too much for the safety of my bones. I could do massive damage which of course I don’t want.
She further explained, “I really want to have one last nice dance with you and retire. So, it’s a dance for anyone who’s tried and hoped they could do more, but also the power to realize it’s time to go. I’m so, so grateful to be able to do one last sweet dance.
In September, Blair told Page Six that she said “yes” to Season 31 of “DWTS” just “four or five days” before the full cast was revealed on “Good Morning America.” While she was admittedly “terrified” about trying the dance herself, she told us she also had to convince her team to get into the idea.
“There was dread and nerves because I have no experience dancing with steps. I can pose like a dancer for maybe two seconds,” she said at the time.
“But once I decided and convinced my team that I could do this, that it wasn’t going to be too dangerous for me, that I could do this, [it was OK]. We do those things in which we want to find joy. And then I’m totally into it.
“Dancing With the Stars” returns Tuesday for “Prom Night” at 8 p.m. ET / 5 p.m. PT on Disney+.
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