“Dancing with the Stars” pro-dancer Cheryl Burke has tested positive for COVID-19, she announced in a tearful Instagram video posted late Sunday. Burke is partnered with celebrity fitness guru and Peloton
instructor Cody Rigsby this season.
“I have really bad news. I am positive, which means I have COVID,” Burke said, adding that she’d been feeling progressively worse throughout the day Sunday while she waited for her PCR test results. Burke said that she received the Moderna
vaccine and is fully vaccinated.
“I just feel so bad,” Burke said, fighting back tears. “I feel so bad for Cody. I feel like I’m letting him down. I just feel like s— to be quite honest, and it’s so overwhelming because it’s Sunday and the show’s tomorrow.”
Reps from the Disney-owned
ABC, which broadcasts the reality competition, were not immediately available for comment.
Burke and Rigsby were set to dance the salsa to Camila Cabello’s “Don’t Go Yet” during Monday’s live show.
“I do feel really sad, because I don’t want to let Cody down, and our freakin’ salsa was so good,” Burke said.
Burke and Rigsby danced the tango to “Physical” by Dua Lipa during the show’s season premiere last week, scoring 24 out of 40 points. Burke received an outpouring of support from fans on social media after announcing her test results.
“I figured I should let you guys know, since I’ve been as open and as real and vulnerable as I could be here,” Burke said in her video.
Rigsby has not yet publicly commented.
“I just hope I didn’t spread it,” Burke said. “For those of you who don’t think COVID is a real thing, it’s f—— real dude.”
Burke said she would be in quarantine for the next 10 days, per CDC guidelines for fully vaccinated people who have tested positive.
Another ABC show recently had a COVID scare, as well. “The View” co-hosts Sunny Hostin and Ana Navarro were pulled from the show’s set last Friday moments before an interview with Vice President Kamala Harris after they tested positive for COVID-19.
Their tests turned out to be false positives, and the hosts will return to the show, host Joy Behar announced during Monday’s show.
“I’m thrilled to report that Sunny and Ana’s Friday results turned out to be false positives,” she said. “No one’s got it. It was a mistake of sorts.”