*During his exit interview on “Dancing With the Stars” Tuesday night, D.L. Hughley admitted he was “playing with house money” getting this far in the series.
He and fellow comic Andy Dick were tied for the judges’ lowest scores this week. But Dick made it through…and wasn’t even in the bottom two. It was boxer Victor Ortiz who survived the cut.
Hughley hugged his pro dance partner, Cheryl Burke, when he learned his fate during the results show, and joked with judges Len Goodman and Bruno Tonioli, who had given him some particularly strong criticism.
“I’ve had a ball. I played with house money,” Hughley said of his experience. “Thank you team DL and Cheryl for keeping us in this long. I’ve had a ball.”
Emmitt Smith and Cheryl Burke dancing to a classic song from “BAD25,” the album released to celebrate the 25th anniversary of Michael Jackson’s legendary “Bad” album, on “Dancing with the Stars: All-Stars” Monday, Nov. 19, 2012
*He may have three Super Bowl trophies to his name, but after last night, Emmitt Smith will have to live with just one Mirrorball Trophy.
The former NFL star was voted off of “Dancing With the Stars – All Stars” on Tuesday, ending his chance to repeat as champion.
Emmitt Smith and his partner Cheryl Burke, who placed first in season 3, had the advantage of being one of the All-Star season’s few reunited original pairings, but it wasn’t enough to save him from elimination.
“You know, it’s been a tremendous experience. It’s been a great ride,” Smith said, adding that Burke, has pushed him “to another level.”
“Season three was something else, but this right here takes it over the top,” he added.
Smith’s exit paves the way for an exclusively female finale that puts two former winners – Melissa Rycroft and Kelly Monaco – against a second runner-up, Shawn Johnson.
*The audience and judges may have given Chris Brown a standing ovation after his performances on “Dancing With the Stars,” but things weren’t quite as warm and fuzzy for the singer backstage.
Not only was he snubbed by domestic abuse victim, Cheryl Burke, who said earlier Monday that she didn’t agree with him coming on the show, but Kirstie Alley and Wendy Williams also gave him the cold shoulder backstage, according to Popeater.com’s Rob Shuster.
“Usually when a big star comes in to sing, the entire cast is excited to meet them and spend the day together at rehearsals,” a “Dancing” insider told Schuster. “With Chris, no one wanted to be around when he rehearsed.”
In particular, my source observed that “Kirstie wanted to spend as little time as possible around him. It was hard enough for her to be in the same building as him.”
To viewers at home, Chris’ performance went off without a hitch. Accompanied by a crew of backup dancers, Chris avoided getting booed and sang “Yeah 3X” and a melody of his hits “Forever” and “Beautiful.”
But while everything went smoothly on stage, the same can’t be said behind it.
“No one wanted anything to do with him,” a “Dancing” insider tells me. “Most of the cast think it’s disgraceful that ABC invited him on in the first place, but after he smashed a window backstage at ‘Good Morning America,’ almost everyone participating in the competition thought he should have been canceled.”
*Chris Brown’s appearance on “Dancing With the Stars” was drama free, despite a lead up in which the show’s host and one of its professional dancers expressed negative feelings about his invitation to perform.
During Tuesday’s results show, Brown’s high-octane performances of “Yeah 3X” from his new album “F.A.M.E.” and the song “Forever” were well received by the audience.
In an interview Monday on Ryan Seacrest’s radio show, Bergeron said that if he were asked by producers of “Dancing” to interview Brown he wouldn’t agree to avoid any issues — an apparent reference to Brown’s visit last week to ABC’s “Good Morning America.”
The singer threw a destructive tantrum in his dressing room after he was asked on-air by the morning show’s Robin Roberts about his beating of then-girlfriend Rihanna in 2009. He later apologized, saying he got upset and needed to “let out steam.”
Bergeron got his wish. Not only did he avoid an interview with Brown, but he was never even in the same camera shot.
Burke, who’s paired this season with Chris Jericho, told “Extra” she disagreed with the decision to invite Brown but the matter was out of her hands.
Meanwhile, struggling contestants Wendy Williams and Sugar Ray Leonard escaped elimination. Radio host Mike Catherwood was the first celebrity to be voted off of season 12. He earned the lowest score when the audience vote was combined with the judges’ tally.
“It puts me on the Mount Rushmore of terrible dancers,” responded a good-natured Catherwood, who was paired with dancer Lacey Schwimmer. He said being on the show was “nothing but a pleasurable experience.”
*Another “Dancing With the Stars” regular is speaking out about the scheduled appearance of Chris Brown on tonight’s live results show.
On Monday, host Tom Bergeron joked that he should be kept far away from the singer in case he accidentally ad libs something snarky about Brown’s violent behavior last week at “Good Morning America.”
Today, hours before Brown’s scheduled performance, professional dancer Cheryl Burke says she is against the singer’s appearance altogether.
“As a victim of domestic violence, I don’t agree with him coming on the show, but it’s out of my control,” she tells Extra.
Brown is set to perform two songs tonight, but he might have to introduce himself.
As previously reported, Bergeron dished to Ryan Seacrest: “I did tell the producers it may be to their advantage to not have me interview him.”
“DWTS” contestant Wendy Williams made her feelings about the Chris Brown “GMA” incident known to her talk show audience last week.
She said: “Listen I don’t think Robin [Roberts] was wrong for asking [about Rihanna]… Interviewers have every right to ask about it… Your rage was uncalled for. Robin was right to ask you about Rihanna. You will get asked that question from now until the end of time… and you’d better figure out a politically and mature way of answering it! And P.S., why are your arms girly but everything else is manly?”
*Virgin America celebrated its first international flight from California to Toronto on Tuesday (June 29) with a party aboard an Airbus A320 aircraft dubbed the “Air Drake,” named after the Toronto-raised rap star.
Hosted by Virgin Group Founder Sir Richard Branson, Governor of California Arnold Schwarzenegger and Drake himself, the flight marked the first international destination for the California-based airline.
Bronson and Schwarzenegger took off from LAX and made a stop in San Francisco, where they picked up more passengers, including actors Gregory Smith and Gilles Marini and dancer Cheryl Burke, among others, for the mile-high bash.
“Flying on ‘Air Drake’ is truly humbling. I’m truly honored to have a plane named after me,” Drake said via video about the experience.
Upon touchdown, the plane was greeted in Canada with a water cannon salute, an international welcoming committee and a red carpet party on the arrival tarmac.
The first flight of Air Drake comes less than a month after his debut, “Thank Me Later,” dropped on June 15, selling more than 400,000 records in its first week and reaching #1 on the Billboard albums chart.
As previously reported, Drake was forced to cancel the European leg of his tour and return home to Toronto due to his mother’s illness.