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Cloris Leachman bows out of “Dancing With the Stars”

October 29, 2008

(Reporting and writing by Alex Dobuzinskis)

The judges on ABC’s “Dancing With The Stars” won’t have Cloris Leachman to kick around anymore. The grand dame of the show was shown the exit door on Tuesday night, but she was slow to leave.
 
The Oscar-winning actress and her dancing partner, Corky Ballas, were voted off a day after the judges gave them a rock-bottom score of 15. Leachman, 82, managed to stay in the competition beyond the season’s halfway point with a loyal base of fans, despite scoring at the low end of the judge’s rankings most weeks.

She always played up the humor of her being in the competition when she is way past retirement age, and Tuesday’s show was no exception. First Leachman said she was not leaving, even before the show’s hosts had announced her elimination. Moments later when she was kicked off, the crowd gave her a standing ovation. 
 
In the middle of it all, after thanking the judges, Leachman decided she needed a rest. So she sat down on the dance floor. Ballas and the show’s hosts followed suit.
 
“I’m going to get a pretty costume and be here next week,” Leachman said. “I’m going to sit right over there.” So, viewers of “Dancing With The Stars” and her fans can expect to see more of Leachman, — just not on the ballroom floor.
 
In the meantime, viewers will not see professional dancer Julianne Hough for at least a couple weeks. The partner to “Hannah Montana” star Cody Linley, 18, announced on Monday that she was diagnosed with endometriosis, a condition in which tissue normally found in the lining of the uterus grows in other parts of the body. 
 
On Tuesday’s show, Linley told viewers that Hough underwent surgery to remove her appendix and the procedure went well. 
 
On her Web blog at Fancast.com, Hough on Tuesday also shed more light on her condition, which among other things involves complications from cysts. She wrote that she ruptured a cyst that was on her ovary, which required a widely reported trip to the hospital last week and led to her diagnosis.
 
Hough wrote that doctors wanted to “clean out the cysts” and remove her appendix also, “because later on it can be affected by the cysts.”
 
Hough said she expects to resume dancing with Linley in two weeks. In the meantime, Linley is partnered with dancing pro Edyta Sliwinska. And, as they say in Hollywood, the show goes on.

Comments

As a huge fan of DWTS I’m so disappointed in this season. Carrie Ann’s comments to Cloris were unnecessarily harsh and down right cruel. Carrie Ann needs some lessons on how to give a constructive critique that gets the message across without being humiliating. It appeared she was being deliberately mean to Cloris–not good form. I agree Cloris had worn out her welcome on the show, but honestly why was she ever even invited to participate? Maybe a one time “special” appearance would have been much kinder to all involved. This last show certainly was a bust. Let’s hope the judges take the high road on the remaining shows.

Posted by Jeweldee | Report as abusive
 

I guess I’m in the minority, because I definitely felt it was Cloris’ time to go. Although she did an amazing job, the hogging of the limelight and using comedy to cover up her inabilities was getting tedious. I also thought some of the choreography was too risque for someone her age. To me,it wasn’t classy or funny. I hope DWTS isn’t going to continue having competitors on who cannot manage for the long haul – serious competition or not. If that is the case, it might as well be a variety show instead.

Posted by Sonya | Report as abusive
 

im sad to see closis go but i didnt want her to win anyways.
now on tho the real deal! CODY!! i hope edita helps him win because he is my favorite! he better win my favorite almost always loses it makes me sad. :{ and all the comments none about cody and julianne. i hope she feels better soon. i mean really ‘don’t worry everyone ill be back in two weeks’ id be out for a month haha best of luck toa ll the stars.

Posted by morgan | Report as abusive
 

Carrie Ann should be the one to go. If DWTS invited Cloris on the show knowing she was 83, shame on them for allowing the rude remarks from Carrie Ann. Cloris could have been voted off without making us cringe at the inappropriate and biased remarks of Carrie Ann. Furthermore, and to specifically mention Toni should not have gone off was dispicable. I was so angry I mentioned it to several people the next day and won’t be watching anymore until Carrie Ann is voted off.

Posted by Jo | Report as abusive
 

While Cloris’ time was probably up, Carrie Ann is the one who should be voted off. Her treatment of Cloris was dispicable. Furthermore, mentioning that Toni was a superior dancer and should have had Cloris’ spot was way out of line. Carrie Ann has to go or I won’t be watching ever again.

Posted by Jo Johns | Report as abusive
 

I LOVE CLORIS. SHE IS ONE OF MY MANY IDOLS.(INCLUDING SUSAN LUCCI)WHEN I SAW SUSAN LUCCI AND CLORIS IN THE BOTTEM TWO, I WAS SO SCARED. I WANTED TOM TO SAY THAT BOTH OF THEM ARE IN. I THINK THAT CLORIS IS SUCH A CHARECTER. SHE ALWAYS MAKES ME LAUGH. I’LL MISS HER ALOT… OF COARSE WE’LL PROBALLY SEE HER IN THE AUDIANCE. I WOULDN’T BE SUPRISED IF AT THE END SHE GETS UP AND STARTS DANCING!
WE LOVE YOU CLORIS!!!!!!!!!

Posted by SharonOsbourne4ever | Report as abusive
 

BY THE WAY, CARRIE ANN IS SUCH A BITCH.
HOW CAN SHE BE SO ROUD TO CLORIS.
I WANT TO SEE CARRIE AT 82 GET UP AND DANCE LIKE THAT.
SURE MABEY CLORIS WAS LAKING SOME SKILL, BUT SEE IS ENTERTAINMENT. DOSN’T THAT COUNT FOR SOMTHING? I VOTED FOR CLORIS THE HOLE WAY THROUGH, ANY CHANCE I GOT.
CLORIS (AND SUSAN LUCCI) IS THE ONLY REASON I WATCHED DWTS, AND I’M NOT ALONE. MABY CARRIE SOULD GET SOME LEASONS ON HOW TO RESPECT HER ELDERS!
BY THE WAY, YOU ALL SHOULD CHECK OUT WHEN CLORIS WAS ON THE BONNIE HINT SHOW ON YOUTUBE, ITS HILARIOUS!

Posted by SharonOsbourne4ever | Report as abusive
 

By the way, i tink that carrie should have a bit more repect to cloris. I want to see her at 82 get up and dance like Cloris did. Sure she was laking some dancing skills, but still, she was entertainment. Dosn’t that count for anything? Mabey carrie should get some lessons on how to reaspect her elders. I voted for Cloris the hole way through, any chance I got. Cloris and Susan Lucci are the only reason i watched DWTS and i’m not alone. By the awy, check out when Cloris was on the Bonnie Hunt show on youtube- hillarious!

Posted by SharonOsbourne4ever | Report as abusive
 

I love Cloris. She is one of my idols.(Including Susan Lucci) When I saw Susan and Cloris in the bottem two I was so scared. I wanted Tom to say that they were both in. I think that Cloris is sush a charecter, she always made me laugh. I’ll miss her alot… of coarse we’ll probally see her in the audiance cheerign everyone on. She’ll probally get up and hug everyone at the end… mabey even sart dancing! WE LOVE YOU CLORIS!!!!!!!!!

Posted by SharonOsbourne4ever | Report as abusive
 

There is way too much criticism here. This is based on VOTES. Whoever watches this show is voting for a favorite.
All the Stars age good until voted off. So people lets lighten up. The judges are who they are and what they are supposed to be,Carrie Ann can say what she wants in good taste what ever the age. Cloris is a big girl she can handle it. If you are going to criticize this much do not watch. The viewers who are voting for favorites have fun and I hope Susan can count on us for a few more weeks like Cloris did.
Ltes pull Susan from the bottom this week people.
P.S. It was nerve wracking but fun…..(sharonOsbourne4ever)

Posted by Lalucci#1fan | Report as abusive
 

I was ecstatic that Chloris was voted off. I respect her for being 80 and getting this far, but she got this far clearly from sympathy votes, the fact of the matter is this is a competition and we have to keep that in mind. I do agree that they knew here age ahead of time, but we have to remember that they do put some people on strictly for entertainment purposes only, which I believe was the case here. I will continue to watch dancing with stars.

 

I love watching the show and was disappointed in Carrie Ann’s remark to Cloris last week. I personally think she should apologize to Cloris for saying it. How can we get these thoughts to the network and the producers of the show?

Posted by terry Akery | Report as abusive
 

I think Carrie Ann should apologize publicly on the show to Cloris. I like to see her win as many honors as Cloris has. What they fail to realize Cloris was invited to be on the show, and her many fans must have wanted to keep her on the show, to keep her in the competition that long. Why invite a 82 year old woman on the show to dance, was it only to boost the ratings. It was uncalled for the way Carrie had mouthed off last week to Cloris, that goes for Bruno too. I think we need new judges, or in the future do not make the mistake of inviting an elder dancer who they know can not keep up with these younger dancers. It was disgraceful how a legend like Cloris wast treated.

Posted by O Simone | Report as abusive
 

I am really happy Cloris was voted off. It became a laugh and absurd that good dancers were shut out & she left to go on. The show is about dancing not feeling sorry for Cloris. She’s had her day in the spotlight and it’s time for her to let others shine. Besides this she acted very silly for a woman her age. She didn’t add anything to the show….thank goodness she’s gone & I can resume watching the show.

Posted by Kitty | Report as abusive
 

I was surprised that Cloris was let go last week when I watched your show tonight and I forgot to watch because I wasn’t feeling good myself. I give her an A+ on her performances anyway. I got to vote for her three times before she was voted off and I vote Carrie Ann off as being one of the judges that’s not being so nice about giving some good scores on her behalf on some celebrities and give them a break once in awhile. I am so sadden by all this on what the judges have put them through in order to get the perfect 10 cross the board to make a perfect even 30.

 

I was shocked and surprised that I didn’t watch your show and to see Cloris Leachman go. I vote the judges off your show and pick new ones and give them a chance at it and plus you’re not even fair with the celebrities. I am so sadden that Cloris was let go because she was a good and funny dancer I say. My heart goes out to Julianne Hough and I hope that takes care and easy on her recovery.

 

That is it for me! I am no longer watching DWTS. Who does Carrie think she is? What a rude bitch! She needs to be a bit more tactfull when criticizing the stars.(People in general) It was disgracefull how she and Bruno spoke to Cloris. She has shown what a classless person she is. I couldnt bear to watch it anymore. I wont bother to watch it again. cheryl

 

For what it’s worth, I have to sound off on the harsh, overly critical treatment of Cloris Leachman, and the out of line tongue lashing she received from judge Carrie Ann Inaba. First of all, this show is designed to be entertaining and light hearted. It is not a serious ballroom competition, or else they would not have ill-mannered, uninformed simpletons such as Carrie Ann Inaba judging. She has no training or experience in ballroom dancing, is pro male and critically harsh to the female contestants, and is as out of place as a cat in a dog show. Get over yourself, Ms. Inaba, before you trip on your ego and injur yourself, Don’t you understand that the dancers are really performing for the viewers, not the judges! Your animosity towards Cloris Leachman was way out of line, and you certainly owe her an apology. And, you should apologize to the viewers, too. Too bad we can’t use our votes to get rid of you!

Posted by Kai Kense | Report as abusive
 

Susan Lucci is like watching a cardboard figurine try to dance. Lacey it’s not all about you dear!!!! oh boo hoo.go Warren your personality will take you far and Brooke your great. Get well soon Julianne Edyta’s doing a fine job she a great dancer. Lance needs a new partner.

Posted by Ginso | Report as abusive
 

I want to thank DWTS for having Cloris Leachman on; it was my first time watching the program, and i stayed
because of her passion to learn, spontaneousness, and for the judges respect demonstrated toward her. Her example is totally open, honest, and persevering, and i
was glad for that.

I’m having a hard time caring about watching your show again, because it was cruel of Carrie Ann to make such
an unnecessary remark about Braxton being sent home instead of Cloris. The rules were followed, and that should have been enough, that Cloris left.

Adding a public unnecessary humiliation was unthinkable. If Carrie could apologise to Cloris for saying that, I would watch this show regularly. I believe Carrie has the courage, decency, and a warm heart to be able to do this. Thanks.

Posted by Kathleen Thurin | Report as abusive
 

DWTS cloris was worth watching and at her age of 82 God bless her for being a good sport. one thing is to critique another is to shame some-one deliberately, shame on you for taking your-self to serious, after all this is for competition and entertainment keep it there, if people want to tune into watching the pro dancing they would turn on to ball-room competition. keep it fun and light no need to ruine a good thing.

Posted by dena | Report as abusive
 

With the new stars that are going to be dancing this year pretty soon. I hope you will go easy on them and try to give them a break because they are going to do their best this year on your show.

 

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