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Kim Zolciak-Biermann's 'Dancing with the Stars' Partner Responds to Wendy Williams' Criticism

Tony Dovolani opens up about the duo's #DWTS elimination and the #DontBeTardy mom's health scare. 

By Jocelyn Vena

Following their exit from Dancing with the Stars on Monday (September 29), Kim Zolciak-Biermann's dance partner Tony Dovolani has responded to criticism the Don't Be Tardy mom faced from talk show host Wendy Williams, who questioned her health scare. "I don't really know what happened between them … but I can tell you this: I was at the hospital," the dance pro said, via People. "I know what happened. It was definitely not fake." 

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For those who may have missed it, on her Monday show, Wendy said, "[Kim] allegedly suffered a mini stroke after returning home from Dancing With the Stars last week. My thought is, um, I hope you're not fibbing about the stroke." Prior to Tony responding to Wendy, Kim took to Twitter to shoot down rumors she "faked" a mini-stroke, calling the allegations "absolutely appalling!!"

Tony later went into detail about what happened in the hours before Kim was hospitalized last week after suffering a mini-stroke. "She had a headache. She was dizzy. You could see her veins on her left arm," he said. "On Tuesday night, when were dancing, I was like, 'Babe, you're not yourself. Get your head in the game.' By the time we got to Atlanta, we parted with each other, I went to the hotel and she went home — I could tell she wasn't her chipper self."

Since being dismissed from the show, Kim and Tony have been campaigning to re-join the show on Twitter, despite the show's rules which state "in the instance of illness or other health related matters affecting a participant's ability to participate in the game, they must withdraw." Tony spoke to E! News about the pair's exit, sharing that he found out about it live on the air. "We didn't know until Tom announced it," he said. "I didn't know but when Tom hugged me, I knew."

A new episode of Don't Be Tardy airs this Sunday, October 4 at 10/9c. Watch a preview, below.

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