Kim Zolciak Eliminated From Dancing With the Stars After She Failed to Perform Following Mini Stroke

Kim Zolciak and Tony Dovolani
Kim Zocliak has been eliminated from Dancing With the Stars -- find out why here Adam Taylor/ABC via Getty Images

Kim Zolciak has been eliminated from Dancing With the Stars after she failed to perform on Monday, Sept. 28. The Don’t Be Tardy star didn’t compete due to her recent hospitalization for a mini stroke. During Monday night’s broadcast, Zolciak explained via Skype from her Atlanta home that her doctor didn’t clear her to fly, and that if she had lived closer, she would have driven to Los Angeles, where the show is taped.

Host Tom Bergeron explained that according to the ABC show’s rules, since she couldn’t dance because of medical reasons, she had to be eliminated. Her partner, Tony Dovolani, danced their scheduled I Dream of Jeannie routine with a fellow pro and the show’s dance troupe instead. 

“The rules of the competition dictate that @Kimzolciak must withdraw, but her health is the most important thing. #DWTS,” the show's account tweeted on Monday.

"She is bummed,” a source tells Us Weekly. Zolciak shared with followers on Instagram that she was “really sad” to be eliminated. “I practiced for hours Saturday I was so excited to be there tonight!” she captioned a video with Dovolani. “I just needed a few more days and then I'm cleared to fly! #ImReallySad #ImStrong.”

As previously reported by Us, the RHOA alum was hospitalized after she suffered a terrifying mini stroke on Sept. 22. The mom of six shared on Instagram that the left side of her body went completely numb and that she was temporarily unable to speak.

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