Is Christie Brinkley’s ‘DWTS’ Injury Fake? Wendy Williams Thinks So

Christie Brinkley was set to hit the dance floor on Dancing With the Stars, but an injury sidelined her. Now her daughter, Sailor Brinkley-Cook, will be taking her place. A video showing Brinkley suffering the injury during rehearsal looked painful, but talk show host Wendy Williams thinks it was totally fake.

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Brinkley tripped and fell

Brinkley recounted the painful moment in an interview with PEOPLE, calling it “devastating.” She explained, “The second I landed, I felt the shards in my arm. Like, I literally felt it in my wrist, and I just instantly looked up and said, ‘I’m so sorry, I broke my arm.’”

She added: “There’s a little bone at the thumb that usually posts one way. Mine was in the opposite direction. Then there was bone, just it, it was just shattered into a thousand little pieces, just a millions of little pieces.”

Thankfully, her daughter, Brinkley-Cook, is going to fill her mom’s dance shoes.

Brinkley shared in a statement with GMA: “Showbiz is all about getting a break, and Sailor and I both got one on Dancing with the Stars this season. Sailor joined the cast when I got mine… ouch somebody stop me, it hurts to laugh!”

PEOPLE reports that a statement from BBC Studios and ABC explained that Brinkley “suffered injuries which required surgery to her wrist and arm. We wish Christie a full and speedy recovery and look forward to seeing her in the audience, whenever possible, proudly supporting Sailor.”

‘A crushing disappointment’

The situation was upsetting, to say the least, as Brinkley noted: “It was really, really a crushing, crushing disappointment in every way. Literally, figuratively everything that happened. And one of the worst feelings is to feel like you’re letting anybody down, you know? And I felt like my coach had worked so hard on this special choreography just for me.”

She continued: “And instantly I had a swirl of like, I’m letting my coach down, I’m letting the show down, I’m letting ABC down, I’m letting my fans down on Instagram… So I thought, I have to find a silver lining here. And I immediately thought, because of the personal nature of the song and everything, it’s gotta be one of my daughters.”

She said of her daughter: “Sailor is truly one fearless, strong, amazing person who just always impresses me. They popped her into my costumes. They fit her perfectly.”

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Sailor Breezes In to Save the Day! Hey My Friends! So here’s the news. I just broke my arm into a 1000 pieces requiring surgery with a metal plate and screws to hold my arm together..Im so sorry if I’ve disappointed anybody! Only something as bad as this could stop me from continuing to dance with my wonderful coach for @dancingabc …I was having a blast!!!! Shattering my arm was quite literally a crushing disappointment, i never ever want to let anyone down…so I looked for a silver lining and i think I found one that is is solid gold! Sailor! But first I would have to convince Sailor to replace me..she was already on the plane to come sit in the audience when I reached her! (Alexa has commitments in NY including her upcoming Cabaret Show at the @cafecarlyle ) I also had to convince my student/ @imgmodels Sailor to overcome serious stage fright to replace me on the show! Sailor always meets her challenges head on and realized she did not want to be defined by her fears so with just hours to learn my routine she is turning my defeat or should i say two left feat into her own victory of courage! So Ladies and Gents I give you my beautiful Sunflower Sailor Lee. And i think you are all going to have a blast together on this season of @dancingabc ! Sorry for the typos it’s my right arm! And Sailor Thank you for taking a very disappointing turn of events into something very special! you know Showbiz is all about getting a break and I guess you can say Sailor and I both got one on this season of @dancingabc #family #familyfirst #challenge #doitforlove #fearless #brave #dare #justtry #silverlining #dauntless #dance #lemonaid #gowiththeflow #carpediem #seizetheday #formom #TeamSailaV #c’est la vie! #teambrinkley

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Wendy Williams thinks Brinkley is faking it

Talk show host Williams took a deep dive into the injury on the season 11 premiere of The Wendy Williams Show. During her Hot Topics segment, she noted: “Well, that looked fake as hell. Let me tell you what I see.  I don’t see a wrist and a shoulder being fractured. But that was real cute.”

She added: “Here’s my thought: Dancing with the Stars called Christie Brinkley… and so she said yes. After she got off the phone, that’s when she plotted her schedule. In my opinion, I think what Christie did was she signed up for Dancing with the Stars knowing that she’d put her daughter Sailor in there.”

Williams believes Brinkley was looking to get her daughter some attention, sharing: “Now, you know, Sailor is beautiful. She’s a Sports Illustrated model, but that’s not as big as being a Kendall Jenner. In order for girls to get this leg up, it takes more than beauty, you have to have cache. And that Dancing with the Stars has got a lot of eyeballs watching, and Christie really doesn’t need that. You know who she is.”

She continued, “So my thought is that she said, ‘Look, Sailor, here’s what we we’re going to do. I’m going to go to a few of these practices, I’m going to go on Good Morning America, get all the press and stuff, I’m going to walk around looking hot and sexy, and then I’m going to play like I broke something.’ And she did break something, allegedly.”

In response to Williams’ accusation, Brinkley told PEOPLE: “I’m totally shocked, because I have been there for Wendy Williams. That is so weird. I have to give her a call… I’m really stunned.”