And when Brant met reporters backstage after the show, the actor was still so devastated he could barely answer questions.
“I’m not going to say I’m not sad,” a teary-eyed Brant said with devoted dance partner Peta Murgatroyd by his side. “But I’m grateful for the opportunity.”
The 28-year-old star, who plays the recurring role of Noel Kahn on “PLL,” had an exhausting week while doing double-duty on both shows.
But it was still surprising that Brant was sent packing because he got a score of 27 out of 30 for his Monday-night foxtrot with Peta.
However, he also lost a rumba “dance off” competition later in the show against former “King of Queens” star Leah Remini during a week in which superstar Cher served as a guest judge.
“I don’t know what any more points would have done for us,” he shrugged. “It’s the viewers who send the couples home.
“We had the lowest votes this week and that’s what that is.”
Brant admitted, “It’s going to be really weird not seeing Peta every day for rehearsals. I’ve seen [her] every day for almost three months.”
But he said his total “DWTS” journey was a win. “I just really learned a lot about myself,” he said. “I could push myself further than I thought I could. I could learn new things and I can always keep growing.”
The “PLL” star tried to be philosophical, telling reporters about the “DWTS” elimination process: “It could always be anybody. We knew that starting out. We knew every week it could be us going home.
“Here we are,” he sighed.
Brant’s “DWTS” co-star Elizabeth Berkley, who dances with Val Chmerkovskiy, was sorry to see Brant go. “I’m really sad,” the “Showgirls” actress told XfinityTV. “Brant and Peta specifically, we were on kind of a similar rehearsal schedule, so certain people you just looked forward to seeing like at school.”