via NY Post:
Bad blood may have caused Kim Zolciak’s premature departure from “Dancing with the Stars.”
A source tells Page Six that Zolciak, 37, was blindsided by Monday night’s decision forcing her to withdraw from the competition days after suffering a stroke.
Zolciak’s relationship with ABC, the show’s network, dates back more than a year. According to the insider, Zolciak bailed on the show last fall roughly two days before casting news was to be announced.
Producers scrambled to find a last-minute replacement and eventually re-cast her for the current season.
The source suggests Monday’s ambush — when host Tom Bergeron told Zolciak during the live broadcast that she would not be allowed to return to the show because of the competition’s rules — was perhaps payback for ditching “DWTS” last fall.
The former “Real Housewives of Atlanta” star was released from the hospital and resumed practice Saturday. However, she wasn’t cleared to fly in time for Monday’s show.
The source says Zolciak isn’t pleased that producers didn’t judge her rehearsal video. As pointed out in a 2014 article by the Los Angeles Times, similar exceptions were made for Melissa Rycroft in 2012 and Amy Purdy in 2014.
Zolciak and her dancing partner, Tony Dovolani, have begun campaigning for their return.
Requests for comment from ABC and Zolciak’s rep were not immediately returned.
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