Jewel: ‘DWTS’ Injury Rule Comments Weren’t Towards Melissa Rycroft


is reacting to the response her comments on Thursday regarding how injuries were treated on ‘Dancing with the Stars’, seeming to refer to injured contestant Melissa Rycroft. “I think the rule about ‘judging a rehearsal if the person is too injured to perform’ was weird both times they have used it,” Jewel wrote on husband Ty Murray’s blog at MySpace (@officialtymurray).

Jewel now writes on her official web site:

Wow! I can’t believe my comment on Ty’s website got so mangled- and now gossip columns hijacked it and put words in my mouth! Go back to my original blog – I like Melissa and think she’s gifted (and a real sweetheart), and I adore Steve-O. My comment had nothing to do with either of them. My comment was on a sports website about a rule I have never seen in any type of competition before. Name another sport where if you can’t compete, they use your score from practice. Can you imagine an Olympic diver who can’t compete for any reason, and so they let them use their practice dives from that day? Or a chess match, for that matter. If Ty were in the same position, I’d still ask the same thing. I am not a mean-spirited person, and I think all my fans know that. Ty and I have fallen in love with all the contestants, and are in awe of how hard they all work. I can tell you that whoever wins this competition will have earned it, as I see firsthand how incredibly hard they all work. So please don’t believe what the gossip columns are trying to turn this into. This isn’t a catty girl versus girl thing they are trying to make it into- neither I nor Melissa are like that.

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