“Dancing With the Stars” was very good for Ricki Lake’s figure and health. 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 ‘DWTS’ 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 returning to her talk show roots with “The Ricki Lake Show,” coming in September 2012.