The supermodel broke her arm during rehearsals and is being replaced by daughter Sailor Brinkley-Cook.
Christie Brinkley “burst into tears” after she discovered Wendy Williams had accused her of faking her “Dancing With The Stars” injury.
During her season premiere of The Wendy Williams Showon Monday, the host claimed something wasn’t adding up when Brinkley announced she was being replaced by her daughter Sailor Brinkley-Cook after breaking her arm during rehearsals for the dancing competition.
“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,” Williams said referencing a video clip of Brinkley’s tumble.
Brinkley was taken aback by Williams’ allegation. “I’m totally shocked, because I have been there for Wendy Williams. That is so weird,’ she told People after the show aired.
“I have to give her a call… I’m really stunned,’ she added while crying.
BBC Studios and ABC did release a statement saying Brinkley “suffered injuries which required surgery to her wrist and arm.”
But Williams, 55, had a conspiracy theory about why Brinkley, 65, would allegedly pull such a stunt in the first place.
“Here’s my thought… ‘Dancing With The Stars’ called Christie Brinkley … and 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,” she continued during the show’s monologue.
Williams went so far as to speculate that Brinkley wanted to give her daughter a “platform” for her brand.
“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 doesn’t have to dance with the stars for you to know who she is.”
According to Williams, Brinkley was a mastermind in concocting the scheme.
“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,'” Williams said, further explaining her out-there theory.
“She’ll go every week to support Sailor, looking sexy, they’ll swing the cameras her way so she’ll get her camera time,” she added. “And Sailor will be dancing. It’s a win-win for the family.”
Williams ended her speech by letting Brinkley know the TV personality wasn’t the only one who had doubts. “Christie, I must tell you, there wasn’t a believing person in my entire bureau meeting this morning.”
In a statement released before Williams announced her conspiracy theory, Brinkley had quipped “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!”