It might have been an expected exit – and perhaps one week too late – but it certainly wasn’t a graceful one.
Not only did talk-show host Wendy Williams diss her “Dancing with the Stars” partner, Tony Dovolani, onstage after getting the ol’ heave ho Tuesday night, but she wasn’t very gracious backstage with the press after the show either.
In case you missed the “DWTS” results show, the parting pair usually has a last shimmy or boogie together. Not so much for Williams, who instead opted to say goodbye to her pals in the audience, leaving her partner alone onstage. When the cameras weren’t looking, it was hard not to notice that the fellow contestants and dance pros hugged Dovolani first when saying goodbye.
Backstage after the show was no different. When asked what she’ll miss about her partner the most, the long pause was uncomfortable. “Ummm…” Williams told reporters backstage after the show. “There are a number of things, actually, that I will miss about Tony, including him asking me to please stand straight. Because, actually, as a woman of a particular age, it’s going to help me as I approach osteoporosis.”
When asked a similar question of what she’ll miss the most from the show – and by the way, having covered this for three seasons now, the typical answer is “the cast” – Williams said, “Oh, craft services.” Ouch.
This is all likely because she clearly was happy to go home. When asked moments after her elimination about how she felt, Williams quickly and proudly stated, “Relieved.”
Why? “Because I’m getting on a jet and I’m going back to everything that’s near and dear to me that I have neglected personally for this six-week journey,” she answered. “And I have a 10-year-old son and any parent knows that fifth grade and 10 is a child on the brink. I have a 12-year marriage and I’ve got a talk show that demands my attention. This was a fun experience. But it is time for me to go home.”
Williams left the press crew with these final thoughts: “I don’t feel I deserved any of the scores I got, but yet and still, I am ironically pleased to be going home.”
As for Dovolani’s next move, he told reporters that he starts filming a golf show for the Gold Channel in a few months with a possible Fall 2011 air date.