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Tamar Braxton was rushed to the hospital on Monday during dress rehearsals for Dancing With the Stars and was unable to perform her first dance during the live taping of the hit ABC show.

“This is very much a live show,” Tom Bergeron explained. “We don’t have all the information right now. She might return in time to dance live here, we’ll keep you posted as we find out more.”

The details regarding Tamar’s medical emergency are unclear, but according to reports, the singer has been battling pneumonia.

Because Braxton was unable to perform her first dance, the pop star was judged on her rehearsal footage. After the tape ran of the singer’s rehearsal, her partner, Val Chermokovskiy, made an emotional plea on Tamar’s behalf.

“You just saw a person that shouldn’t have been here, and was here because she felt bad for her partner, teacher, you know, that’s why I feel really bad, because it shouldn’t be like that,” he said. “It should be a fun journey. I’m not here to make her life hard. We want to celebrate her effort.”

But shortly after Chermokovskiy’s speech, there was a joyful turn of events.

In the words of Tamar, “Won’t he do it,” because the beauty managed to arrive during the last twenty minutes of the show in efforts to avoid being eliminated. Braxton took the stage, straight from the hospital, and performed a routine to a cover of The Beatles alongside dancing partner, Nick Carter.

You might remember, back in September, Kim Zolciakk Biermann was kicked off the show following a mini stroke which kept her from competing.

Dancing with the Stars airs Mondays at 8 p.m. on ABC.


Exclusive: The Bullet Scars That Will Forever Haunt Sheryl Lee Ralph’s Son, Etienne Maurice



Sheryl Lee Ralph shared a graphic photo on Instagram earlier this week of her son, Etienne Maurice, laying in a hospital bed bandaged up from bullet wounds. The purpose of the image was to be yet another voice calling to end gun violence.

On Wednesday, students across the country walked out of class to protest against gun violence, something that hit home for Ralph four years ago. “This mother wants #gunreform now! #guncontrol now,” she wrote.

It was during a night out in West Philadelphia that Ralph’s then 22-year-old child was robbed at gunpoint and shot three times; twice in the leg and one which grazed his forehead.

So as Ralph joined Wednesday’s national conversation about gun laws, HipHollywood talked exclusively with Etienne who shared exactly what went down the night a gun could have taken his life for good.

“I was shot four years ago, November 9 … I was black out drunk. The next thing I know I remember I woke up in the hospital, doctor said I had two bullet holes in my leg and a grazed bullet hole above my eyebrow.”

Maurice, who was robbed for his iPhone and his wallet, went on to tell us that this is something that he is reminded of constantly. “Having been shot is something that I carry with me every day. I still have numbness at the bottom of my leg from the nerve damage.”

And while he will always remember how he felt knowing his life almost ended, Etienne had a hard time fathoming how his famous mother felt. “We had the conversation about it last week and she said she peed on herself,” he told us.

For Maurice, he’s proud to see young children use their voices to make change. “There’s so many angles where we can talk about gun violence and how it’s effecting different communities,” he said. “Gun reform needs to take place now.”

Since that night, he hasn’t picked up a drink and has been now sober for four years. As for the suspects, a father-son duo, they are behind bars for attempted man slaughter.

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