Corky Ballas and Cloris Leachman, Dancing with the Stars
It doesn't seem to matter that Cloris Leachman gets a standing ovation from the studio audience every time she hits the parquet on Dancing with the Stars. Or that she wasn't even in the bottom two last week. Judge Bruno Tonioli wants her out.
"I think Cloris should go home," Tonioli said after Monday night's show. "I don't take anything away from what she's done. She's fantastic. She's entertaining. She's a legend. But we have to be realistic. We're past the halfway stage, and the best dancers should be the ones left in the competition." Tonioli shares the opinion of fellow judge Carrie Ann Inaba, who told Leachman after her cha cha cha on Monday night that losing Toni Braxton from the competition tipped the balance. "Losing Toni?" said Tonioli. "That was like, okay, that hurts. It's nothing personal, but Toni didn't deserve to go. Cloris should have gone. And we love her. She's proved that even at 82, you can come out here, do your best, kill it and entertain."
Leachman herself may have reached her limit. On the press line after the show, she kicked off her right tennis shoe, grimacing in pain and telling her partner, Corky Ballas, that her right foot was hurting her. Ballas suggested shaking it out, but Leachman got no relief and had to excuse herself to sit down. She had danced two dances on Monday night, the cha cha cha and the group hip-hop. To add insult to possible injury, two of the judges want her to go home.
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