The Dancing with the Stars ballroom was unable to transform a Jackass into a gentleman, but Steve-O's OK with that. "I wasn't going to win the whole deal, so I think I got out of it at the right time," the latest casualty tells TVGuide.com. But don't think he's not appreciative of the experience. Find out what else Steve-O — who can next be seen on the small-screen in his MTV special Steve-O: Demise and Rise, which chronicles his recovery from drug addiction — has to say about his time on the hardwood, that lowly score of 4 he got and why he's looking for redemption.
TVGuide.com: Does it feel weird not to be rehearsing?
Steve-O: Well, there was going to come a point where I wasn't in the studio dancing anymore. And as shocking as it is that I didn't win the entire competition, it's nice to be able to relax. [Laughs] I don't think I actually respect the level to which it was wearing me down. After I got eliminated, I told Tom Bergeron and Samantha Harris that I'd been man-struating. I have PMS — pissy man syndrome. It was all so much so soon. I can't say my heart wasn't in it anymore. It was just taking up a lot of time and wearing me down. I would've been happy to continue. No matter what happens, it would've all been a positive experience and I'm grateful I had it.
TVGuide.com: Did Lacey know you felt that way?
Steve-O: I'm sure she did. We're both cool with it. I think we stayed in significantly longer than we probably should have considering it's a dancing competition! [Laughs] Every single elimination, I was in the bottom two or dead last [with the scores], so to stay in for six weeks, that's really a blessing. I just have so much support from the fans. Had I had really high judges' scores and left the competition this early, I'd probably be really sad. But I felt the love of the fans and I'm just not good at dancing and I'm OK with that.
TVGuide.com: You improved a little bit.
Steve-O: Yeah, maybe I did. Looking back with 20/20 hindsight, it's pretty incredible to me how ballsy it was for me to do that. Initially when I got the call from my agent about trying out, I told him, "You're not going to find a worse dancer than me. I'm as bad at dancing as you can be."
TVGuide.com: But that's the whole point — you're not supposed to be able to dance.
Steve-O: Yeah, that's what [my agent] told me. It's obvious some of the people have had experience dancing and I'm not upset about that, but just to go out there and do something I'm that bad at, I'm really proud of myself for summoning the balls to do that. Doing what I'm doing in my life — I'm working so hard on staying sober — I thought it was really an OK thing to do. ... After going completely off the radar for the whole year, it seemed like a pretty smart idea. I don't know if a career in entertainment is all that healthy and smart for me, and while I figure that out, I want to keep options open, so it seemed like a smart way to come back into the picture.
TVGuide.com: There has been some criticism about having you, an ex-drug addict; Lil' Kim, an ex-convict; and Holly Madison, a Playboy model, all in the competition because it's a family show. What do you think about that?
Steve-O: I'm not an ex-drug addict; I'll always be a drug addict! I think the fact that there has been criticism is exactly what they're shooting for. Common sense would tell you they want some controversy to drum up ratings and they're incredibly smart to do that. As far as Lil' Kim goes, what a great opportunity for her. I don't think anyone ever understood what a sweet, good person Lil' Kim is and I applaud her. As far as I go — shoot — I've done plenty of stuff I'm not proud of in the past and that's not what I'm trying to be today.
TVGuide.com: Have you talked to Len about that 4?
Steve-O: Len seemed pretty confident I would stay in another week despite his 4 with what he called the "sympathy vote." I believe that would've been true had it not been for all that farting, ass-scratching and nose-picking. [Laughs] But I'm really glad all the footage that represented me was really natural and wasn't anything that was forced, artificial or awkward.
TVGuide.com: You had a bromance with Gilles. Is he going to be OK without you?
Steve-O: Well, I'm going to be there rooting him on on Monday. I don't think I can go every Monday, but I'm going to be sitting next to Steve Wozniak. He goes back every Monday. He probably would be a little grumpy with me for mentioning that because he doesn't want any attention for returning. He has to be seated off-camera and just wants to go back to show support — but I'll be sitting right next to him.
TVGuide.com: Are you excited to go back and dance on the finale?
Steve-O: Sure. The foxtrot — I drew a blank and forgot some steps, so I'm going to go back for that.
TVGuide.com: But you missed your salsa completely.
Steve-O: Yeah, but I had such a bad attitude that week. When I showed up for the first dance, the waltz, I really lost a lot of confidence due to being discouraged by everyone else's skills. I felt like an inferior dancer. As a result, I lost humility and so I thought I would do it the Jackass way. I was just acting like a jerk that whole second week. When I said I made mistakes and was grateful to stick around and learn, I was referring to that week. And I hurt myself! That whole salsa number, I'm happy to put behind me, so I'm going to go back for foxtrot redemption.