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Cloris Leachman said what?

October 21, 2008

114361_0021_pre.jpgABC’s “Dancing with the Stars” hit its midway point on Monday, and  it seems no better time than now to write about it. The star of this year hasn’t been the dancing so much as the comedy provided by 82-year-old Cloris Leachman, who continues to hang on in the ballroom competition. And again on Monday night,  Leachman gave the show what was perhaps its most entertaining moment. 

When co-host Samantha Harris interviewed Leachman and and partner Corky Ballas backstage after they danced a salsa, she asked Leachman what kind of character she had tried to portray in her routine. Leachman said Ballas wanted her to play “A something ho.” She struggled to remember exactly what Ballas wanted until, finally and proudly, blurting out “A skanky ho.”

As for the actual dancing, there was plenty for the judges to gush about in an evening that featured celebrity competitors showing off th114361_0086_pre.jpgeir best West Coast swing, hustle, jitterbug and salsa steps. Brooke Burke and professional dance partner Derek Hough got a top score of 29 our of 30 for their jitterbug performance and were followed closely by fellow jitterbuggers Cody Linley and his dance partner, Julianne Hough with 28.  
It was a night for the athletes, as the judges praised former Olympic sprinter Maurice Greene and his partner Cheryl Burke, and former pro football player Warren Sapp and his partner Kym Johnson.
And if there was a DWTS version of the Purple Heart, it would go to daytime TV star Susan Lucci, who hit the dance floor soon after visiting the hospital and being diagnosed with a fractured bone in her foot. “I didn’t see any ounce of pain in your body and I love it, you just went through it like a trooper,” said judge Carrie Ann Inaba. 
The next elimination will happen on Tuesday’s show, but if you want to get in your favorite pick now. Here’s your chance. Tell us who should go.

(Writing by Alex Dobuzinskis)

(Photos: copyright 2008 ABC Inc., Kelsey McNeal)


Cloris does seem to be somewhat liberal with “street talk”. The shock-jock of the 80s? (Her age of course).


I don’t watch these shows after I wasted time with last season’s American Idol with that horrendous individual who beat out true talent. I love Cloris Leachman and obviously it’s all in fun and I’m almost tempted to watch it but I don’t like how hateful people can be. Best of luck to them all!!

Posted by Cassandra | Report as abusive

Cloris is fantastic – a breath of fresh air. She’s busier than ever in her 80′s.

Posted by CARL HAUGLAND | Report as abusive

get rid of ANYONE of them EXCEPT Cloris! I am in a wheelchair and can only walk for short distances with crutches.I was born with 16 broken bones and was diagnosed at 3 days old with a rare bone condition that caused me to suffer my best guess 75+ broken bones & 30 or so surgeries on my legs, arms and spinal fusion for scoliosis.It took the 1st part of my life trying to walk without leg braces just my crutches all with the love and help of 2 totally WONDERFUL PARENTS.I will be 50 in NOV. and in 1999 my whole life was ripped away due to a fracture in my lower rt. leg and have been stuck in a wheelchair ever since.My Dad passed away 3 days after my 30th birthday & I lost my MOM a yr.&half ago.She was 80 BUT not old cause she said the number may change but she would NEVER get OLD! To see Cloris is to see part of my Mom–I wish I could walk again like I used to & have a life again.That is just part of why I hope Cloris wins the whole thing–do you think you could do it when your 82? Don’t think so.Cloris stay young,keep making me laugh(something I don’t do to much of anymore)and may you always DANCE! LOVE YA GIRL! Susan

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