Amber and Derek*Poor Amber Riley. Her hard work on “Dancing With the Stars” might be in jeopardy for reasons far beyond her control.

Though Amber’s knee issue has been mentioned on-air during the DWTS broadcast, last week the “Glee” star’s challenges were exacerbated and she couldn’t even accompany dance partner Derek Hough to the post-show press line.

“This week was really tough,” the four-time mirror ball champion told TODAY. “She literally couldn’t walk. It was pretty bad.”

Hough worries that his partner may not be able to continue, and now they must have a serious convo around the possibility.

“We had some talks about things (on Sunday),” he said. “Now, we’re going to get the MRIs and the injections — all the tricks. We’re going to see what’s going on and assess the situation.”

Patti LaBelle Bodyguard*Patti LaBelle‘s bodyguard has been acquitted of the misdemeanor assault in a confrontation with a drunken West Point cadet at a Houston airport terminal.

A verdict was returned on Monday by the Harris County jury that has cleared Efrem Holmes in the 2011 confrontation with Richard King at a Bush Intercontinental Airport terminal.

According to trial evidence, King had a blood-alcohol level almost 3½ times above the Texas legal threshold for intoxication and claims he doesn’t remember a thing about what happened on the day of the incident. Testimony and surveillance video reveals King approached a limousine containing LaBelle and verbally abused the performer when her son tried to block his way. King punched him, and the bodyguard punched King several times.

King filed a lawsuit against the singer and Holmes, to which LaBelle filed a counter suit.

Nobody plays with patticakes.