Valerie Harper was given the terrible news that she had terminal brain cancer and might not live through the spring this past March. But now the actress is doing Dancing with The Stars, and the producers are taking every precaution to make sure she is safe.
“Extra medical staff will be at the show,” an ABC source tells NAUGHTY BUT NICE ROB. “They want to make sure Valerie is protected and nothing is done that might harm her or make her condition worst.”
“When they asked, I thought, ‘Why would I say no?’ ” Harper tells PEOPLE. “When life asks you to dance, you just have to dance.”
Valerie started dancing on Broadway at 17, and hopes joining the show will inspire others. However, not everyone is happy about it.
“She has a huge advantage. I hate saying it but she is going to get a sympathy vote. It is terrible and I feel terrible for her but we must be honest, who is going to vote off someone that might only have months to live,” a past celebrity dancer tells NAUGHTY BUT NICE ROB. “It is just not fair to the other celebrities.”
REALLY? Come on guys. Cut Valerie a break!