Carrie Ann Inaba Shuts Down a Kim Zolciak 'DWTS' Return: 'There's No Way She Can Come Back'
By Meredith B. Kile
Dancing With the Stars judge Carrie Ann Inaba has a reputation for being a bit of a stickler for the rules and she’s sticking to her guns when it comes to Kim Zolciak’s elimination from the dancing competition.
Zolciak suffered a mini-stroke last week while at home in Atlanta, Georgia, and though she recovered in time to learn her dance, she was unable to return to Los Angeles in time for Monday’s live show. After pro partner Tony Dovolani performed the couple’s samba with another dancer, Zolciak -- who joined the show live via Skype -- was forced to withdraw from the competition.
"I feel bad for her but those are the rules, and you know, I am a strong abider by the rules," Inaba told ET at PETA’s 35th anniversary event in Hollywood, California on Wednesday.
"I am the Lift Police so the rules are important to me," Inaba continued. "I feel badly for her, but it would be unfair to the other competitors."
Despite Zolciak’s best efforts -- the reality star has been petitioning for her and Dovolani to be reinstated in the competition -- there is no chance she can return as a competitor this season.
"No, there’s no way she can come back," Inaba said.
"But I think it's good -- not good in that way -- but good in that now she can spend time with her family," the DWTS judge added. "Dancing With the Stars is very grueling, and that's a serious thing to have a mini-stroke. I want her to take good care of herself. We wish you well Kim."