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DWTS: Could Kim Replace Injured Misty?

Kim Kardashian, Mark Ballas, Misty May-Treanor, Maksim Chmerkovskiy, Dancing with the Stars ABC/KELSEY McNEAL

E! News' very own Ryan Seacrest just spoke with Kim Kardashian, and it looks like she might (possibly) be returning to Dancing With the Stars despite her shocking elimination last week!

This news comes, of course, in the wake of fellow Star Misty May-Treanor's injury. ABC says that "[Misty's] condition will be addressed on the show," and Kim is not officially confirming that she is back in if Misty is out, but when contacted by E! News, Kardashian (who is in New Orleans for boyfriend Reggie Bush's Monday Night Football game at the Superdome) says: "If they ask me to, I'm available. I'm back home tomorrow. We'll see!"

So why would Misty's injury add up to Kim's return? Well...

We've all seen reality shows before, and this definitely fits the formula of what happens after a contestant leaves due to injury or illness.

Remember when Jack Mackenroth had to bow out of Project Runway season four because of a medical condition? Chris March, the most recent eliminee, returned to fill the empty slot. Or when Jessica King dropped out of So You Think You Can Dance this summer because of an injury? Most recent eliminee Comfort Fedoke stepped in to fill the empty slot.

In case you didn't hear the news about Misty, Olympic women's volleyball star May-Treanor suffered an injury (said to be to her Achilles tendon) on Friday. Producers released a statement saying, "Doctors will reevaluate her condition on Monday and determine the outcome of her participation on the show." No telling what that determination was, but it sure seems possible that Misty could be unable to continue with season seven of ABC's hit dance-competition reality series.

There's also no word yet on what this might mean for Kim's former partner, Mark Ballas, or for Misty's partner, Maksim Chmerkovskiy.

Story developing...Check back frequently for updates, and be sure to tune in to E! News tonight at 7/6c and 11/10c for the latest on this breaking story.

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