Katherine Webb Leaves 'Splash' After Injury

Gabe ZaldivarPop Culture Lead WriterApril 17, 2013

Photo Credit: ABC
Photo Credit: ABC

Katherine Webb was forced to leave the show Splash because of a back injury. Before you pour out your malt beverage of choice, please note that she was replaced by the full-figured Louie Anderson. 

Crisis averted. 

Apparently, Tuesday night was a whirlwind of emotion and self-sacrifice, and it all started with Webb, a Sports Illustrated model, bowing out of the diving competition because of injury. 

E! Online broke down a memorable night:  

During the episode, Webb, who modeled in the 2013 Sports Illustrated Swimsuit Issue, said that she was forced to exit due to injury. "I went to the doctor and, unfortunately, he told me I'm out for the competition," she said. 

Because she had to leave the series, Splash brought back a recently eliminated contestant to dive: Louie Anderson!

Besides the fact that this is essentially like the waiter coming back from the kitchen to tell you he is out of lobster but has a nice gruel special, I have to say I like this move. Anderson has quickly become a fan favorite for the emotion he lends the show. 

Yahoo! Sports had more on the departure from the lovely Webb, girlfriend of Alabama quarterback A.J. McCarron:

I've had the worst time training this week because even the most simplest dives shot pain all the way from the middle of my back down my leg. I went to the doctor and unfortunately he told me I'm out for the competition.

Anderson sounded off on how much he has grown to admire Webb and offered that she is in great pain and really couldn't continue on the show that features B-List celebrities thinking up creative ways to fall into a pool. Some call it diving. 

Sure, we may have lost the superstar who continues to gain publicity as America's sweetheart, but we have the lovable big guy to take her place and offer tears and smiles as we traipse toward the end of the show. 

What's that? He left the show right after he came back? Splendid. 

The comedian proved he is indeed one of the better personalities on the show and a class act. Coming in from the bullpen for Webb, he was not about to take out another diver on the show. Per E! Online:

Unfortunately, his return to the pool was short-lived as he opted not to dive against Brandi Chastain after they landed in the bottom two. 

 "I know I have very little chance of winning this competition," Anderson said. "And I am going home, and I am going to defer to Brandi because she has a chance to win this competition."

The classy funny man departed, and we are left to wonder who has the star power to keep the show a hit. 

It's dire times near the pool on Splash, and we may need pint-sized host, Joey Lawrence, to bring back his iconic, "Whoa."

While we are at it, Webb is now in need of a new reality-TV vehicle. Get on it, America. 

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