Here's Why Gabby Douglas Wasn't at the VMAs

And didn't get to meet Beyoncé :(

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Kim and Kanye (opens in new tab) basically had the audience cam to themselves, Rihanna curved Drake on national television (opens in new tab), and Michael Phelps went "OH MY GOD," but perhaps no guests had more fun at Sunday night's MTV Video Music Awards (opens in new tab) than the Final Five—sadly, minus one, though it was for an extremely good reason.

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When Madison Kocian, Aly Raisman, Laurie Hernandez, and Simone Biles—in the embellished Sherri Hill prom dress she never got to wear before (opens in new tab)—hit the stage, the world asked "But where's Gabby?!" The answer is in the Instagram the gymnast posted pre-show, though she doesn't give a reason for the hospitalization.

Awww. But at least the Final Five was whole for part of the night, with some VIPs standing in for Douglas.

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Chelsea Peng
Chelsea Peng

Chelsea Peng is a writer and editor who was formerly the assistant editor at MarieClaire.com. She's also worked for The Strategist and Refinery29, and is a graduate of Northwestern University. On her tombstone, she would like a GIF of herself that's better than the one that already exists on the Internet and a free fro-yo machine. Besides frozen dairy products, she's into pirates, carbs, Balzac, and snacking so hard she has to go lie down.