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Ricki Lake Says 'DWTS' Gave Her Post-Traumatic Stress (VIDEO)


First Posted: 01/19/12 01:37 AM ET Updated: 01/19/12 09:36 AM ET

"Dancing With the Stars" was very good for Ricki Lake's figure and health in general. But it was also an eye-opening experience for the former talk show host for a few other reasons she talked about on "The Rosie Show" (Weeknights, 7 p.m. EST on OWN). She broke a rib during filming, which certainly isn't the worst injury the show has seen.

While having Rosie O'Donnell feel her ribs on both sides to see the aftermath of her injury, O'Donnell grabbed her butt briefly. "And this is nice," she laughed. "Everything's good." Putting up a picture of Lake performing during the second week of competition side-by-side with one from the finale, it was evident how much weight she'd lost.

But the experience has had a lasting effect on her mental health as well. "I sort of have Post-Traumatic Stress from it," Lake said. "I haven't been used to that kind of level of fame."

She talked about the weight loss from the show that led to magazine covers and interviews and a much higher public profile than she's enjoyed in years. "You've lost all this weight and you want to maintain it, but you're not dancing six hours a day anymore."

But she is grateful for the experience, and she has managed to keep the weight off. "I think it's great because I'm going to go back to TV next year," Lake said. She's anticipating her return to the world of syndicated talk shows with "The Ricki Lake Show," coming in September 2012. "Ricki Lake" aired from 1993-2004.

"The Rosie Show" airs weeknights at 7 p.m. EST on OWN.

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