Rocker Little Richard endured so much pain in his leg during the shooting of US TV show CELEBRITY DUETS he sometimes had to be carried to his seat. The 73-year-old was one of three judges on the show - which was won by THE FRESH PRINCE OF BEL AIR star ALFONSO RIBIERO last Friday (29SEP06) - has a jewel-encrusted cane to help him move around. His spokeswoman GLORIA BOYCE says, "Over the years he has developed trouble with his legs - one of them actually has pins in it. "Now it's the other one that creates a lot of pain. The problem is the sciatic nerve. Within the next couple of months, Richard is scheduled to have laser surgery on that leg. Hopefully, after the procedure he will be pain free." A source tells US publication National Enquirer, "His nerve endings are so inflamed, he cries out in pain. Richard is constantly battling pain, but he won't let it beat him. "He shot Celebrity Duets in the afternoon, then he went straight home to bed. But he's back there the next day to shoot another show."