October 7th, 2009
03:13 PM ET
5 years ago

DeLay calls it quits

An injured DeLay had to call it quits on Dancing with the Stars Tuesday night.
An injured DeLay had to call it quits on Dancing with the Stars Tuesday night.

(CNN) - Tom DeLay's dancing days have come to an end.

While miraculously escaping another round of elimination on ABC's "Dancing with the Stars" Tuesday night, the former Republican House majority leader voluntarily withdrew from the widely-watched competition on recommendations from his doctor and the show's producers.

The man once known as "The Hammer" on Capitol Hill said he was just too injured to continue, developing stress fractures in both his feet that made it very difficult to endure the rigors of the competition.

Delay originally remained defiant in the face of such pain, declaring last week, "nothing's going to stop me from doing this dance." But this week's round of competition proved too taxing on the 62 year-old, evidenced by a wince-inducing performance Monday of the samba to War's "Why can't we be friends."

In the end, the man who gave in to few fights in Washington had to call it quits on the ABC hit series.

"If you can't practice, you make a fool of yourself out here," DeLay said. "I don't want to do that to [my dancing partner] Cheryl."

Carried out on wheelbarrow on "Jimmy Kimmel Live" Tuesday night, DeLay appeared slightly embarrassed over the development: "A boy from Texas breaking his feet dancing...," he said to laughter.

Still though, DeLay remained confident his skills could have carried him forward.

"Can you shake your booty like I can?" Delay asked a skeptical Kimmel.

Asked if he his performance will inspire other indicted politicians to dance, Delay - who was charged with criminal violations of state campaign finance laws but never convicted - said "hey, it keeps you out of jail."

"But God for bid if you end up in jail, it's not a good thing for the inmates to see on reruns," Kimmel replied.


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  1. sifto77

    Delay is a good sport! good for him!

    October 7, 2009 09:26 am at 9:26 am |
  2. Roger

    He hurt himself dancing? Are you kidding? What a sissy.

    October 7, 2009 09:27 am at 9:27 am |
  3. Joe

    It's no longer "Hammer time"

    October 7, 2009 09:29 am at 9:29 am |
  4. John, Brooklyn, New York

    Hmmmm....seems to me that Mr. DeLay "calls it quits" on a lot of things.

    October 7, 2009 09:31 am at 9:31 am |
  5. rich

    Good! Now I can watch the show.

    October 7, 2009 09:31 am at 9:31 am |
  6. Ed, Santa Fe, NM

    Shouldn't this unfunny clown be in jail somewhere?

    October 7, 2009 09:33 am at 9:33 am |
  7. jennifer

    Hey, is Richardson from New Mexico next, to put on his dancing shoes?

    October 7, 2009 09:35 am at 9:35 am |
  8. Librarian

    Carrying out that pathetic clown in a wheelbarrow is appropriate.

    October 7, 2009 09:37 am at 9:37 am |
  9. Mage

    I'm a "dyed-in-the-wool" Democrat, but I loved watching DeLay dance. He didn't have to be good. I think it's great when politicians let down their guard and become a bit more like us normal folk.

    October 7, 2009 09:38 am at 9:38 am |
  10. Crazy, Ignorant, Uneducated, Misinformed, Rightwing Nutjob

    Oh no...it can't be.
    The Hammer is cut and running!

    October 7, 2009 09:41 am at 9:41 am |
  11. ch

    "If you can't practice, you make a fool of yourself out here," DeLay said.

    LOL! He made a fool of himself when he could practice! Get ready for prison Tommy!

    October 7, 2009 09:43 am at 9:43 am |
  12. Never Repub again

    He should be dancing with Bubba, and Lefty Louie in prison. And so should Bush, Cheney and Rumsfeld. Repubs dont love America, Only Money. OBAMA-BIDEN 2012

    October 7, 2009 09:44 am at 9:44 am |
  13. Doug, New Jersey

    He does look like a fool but this is much better than Obama's reality program, Dancing with the Czars. Obama only gets positive reviews for his BlagoMambo, anything else, well as Jimmy and all the other Democrats in America will tell you, your a racist.

    October 7, 2009 09:45 am at 9:45 am |
  14. Anonymous

    Good riddance. Now this indicted corrupt scumbag can await prosecution and be held responsible for his crimes, I will watch the trial and the frog marching with glee. Lock him up.

    October 7, 2009 09:46 am at 9:46 am |
  15. mike

    isn't funny that delay dance on national television with the republican elephant plaster on his back and no one said a word but if it was the democrat the RUSH party would be jumping up an down saying it was the liberal media WHAT A JOKE

    October 7, 2009 09:46 am at 9:46 am |
  16. J.Crobuzon

    Ewww! Why not get Kim Jong Il on there next? Who watches shows like that anyway?

    October 7, 2009 09:48 am at 9:48 am |
  17. Robert

    Another Republican quitter. I wish more members of the Party of No would follow Delay's and Palin's examples and quit. Maybe then Congress could get something done and the country could move forward.

    October 7, 2009 09:48 am at 9:48 am |
  18. Rod

    What a lame excuse....its clear that he didn't have what it takes and found a way out. I think its much like his political life...Always looking for a way to skirt the rules or the process...cause the rules don't apply to him. Good luck in recovery of those foot fractures ;) ,)

    October 7, 2009 09:49 am at 9:49 am |
  19. Susan in NC

    What a loser! Another Rethuglican quitter! Cheryl's probably delighted!

    October 7, 2009 09:50 am at 9:50 am |
  20. James From Chicago

    He is an idiot

    October 7, 2009 09:50 am at 9:50 am |
  21. jano1234

    My husband and I thought Tom Delay was great!! It is so nice to see and realize that a politician can be "human". Sometimes they act so above us and actually they are just citizens like us. Best wish Mr. Delay.

    October 7, 2009 09:51 am at 9:51 am |
  22. AMERICA LOST AND REPUBLICANS REJOICE ON US LOSING THE OLYMPICS

    not realy news

    just another republican crook who got rich of the american family taxes and then cut and ran and play the partisan libera media card to avoid conviction LOL

    go show off your REPUBLICAN TERRIORST PRIDE LOL

    October 7, 2009 09:52 am at 9:52 am |
  23. Just Me

    Yeah right..stress fractures my foot. I'll have to see the xrays before I believe that story. It would not surprise me if Delay is not continuing his crooked ways by conning ABC out of a quick and easy quarter mil. The man got legal bills to pay. In this economy, we all should have a shot at Dancing with the "Stars" to make a quick buck. Wouldn't that be nice.

    October 7, 2009 09:53 am at 9:53 am |
  24. Lynda

    Thank God he looked like a NERD anyway up against the other dancers........He failed as a Politician and now he's failed as a dancer.......what is next for this loser

    October 7, 2009 09:54 am at 9:54 am |
  25. Linda Haas

    Awwww, DeLay was awesome!!!! He will be missed :(

    October 7, 2009 09:55 am at 9:55 am |
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