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Katherine Webb quits ABC’s ‘Splash’; Louie returns, then exits again

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Joey Lawrence, Katherine Webb and Louie Anderson on ABC’s “Splash” on Tuesday, April 9, 2013.

Katherine Webb at Encore Beach Club and Andrea's

Katherine Webb at Encore Beach Club on Saturday, April 13, 2013. Launch slideshow »

It was a stunning same-night return and exit on “Splash” for Louie Anderson, our Las Vegas resident and Palace Station comedy headliner. Bounced one week earlier from the ABC show, he surprisingly returned to replace Sports Illustrated Swimsuit Issue beauty Katherine Webb, who was forced out under doctors’ instructions for damage to her back.

Amazingly, Louie showed no fear jumping off the 33-foot-high dive board Tuesday night. He also revealed that he’s shed more than 40 pounds since starting the show practices in January and was now less than 400 pounds.

However, he wound up in the bottom two facing a dive-off against Olympic soccer star Brandi Chastain, who was here for Michael Jordan’s Celebrity Invitational golf tournament two weeks ago as the defending champion. Instead of diving, Louie graciously “retired” as he believed that she had a better chance of making the finals.

Our coverage of Louie’s first exit on “Splash” was posted last Wednesday. This second exit was remarkable and proved his measure of being a true gentleman.

“Katherine wanted to go on, but she was truly hurt and in pain,” said Louie. “I really went farther than I ever thought I could. I know that I have very little chance of winning this competition. So I’ll withdraw, go home and defer to Brandi because she has a chance to win. “

Show host Joey Lawrence said it beautifully: “Louie, you won our hearts the first time you took a dive. Tonight, you have won our hearts forever.” Meantime, 2013 Miss Alabama USA Katherine was at Encore Beach Club and Surrender in Steve Wynn’s Encore this past weekend ahead of the airing of her exit from the show.

Robin Leach has been a journalist for more than 50 years and has spent the past decade giving readers the inside scoop on Las Vegas, the world’s premier platinum playground.

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