'Dancing With the Stars': EW interviews latest eliminated contestant

SPOILER ALERT: We talked to the latest contestant eliminated on Tuesday night’s Dancing With the Stars! After the jump, learn more about the hoofer who said goodbye to all those blisters and grueling workouts.

dwts-gosselinThough she took a beating by the judges for her “catatonic” rendition of a foxtrot, Kate Gosselin may have single-handedly kept the viewers coming back to Dancing with the Stars. But the tabloids won’t have the mother of eight to knock around anymore (at least, not until her next TLC show, Twist of Kate, fires up sometime this summer). Gosselin and her partner Tony Dovolani talked to EW about her teary-eyed goodbye, and just how hard it was to deal with the relentless press coverage.

ENTERTAINMENT WEEKLY: You said to Tom Bergeron coming into this night that you were expecting to go, and yet you were speechless. What was going through your head?
KATE GOSSELIN: I have been crying all day today and telling the hair and makeup and everybody I saw goodbye, even though they hated to hear it. I knew. My gut feelings are always right. You can make them go away but I woke up this morning and I knew it was today. And it was okay. Everybody else — they are better dancers, they are wonderful people. I love watching them, I loved hanging out with them, I loved the opportunity. I love the Dancing with the Stars family and I was thrilled for the opportunity.

How did it feel when Bruno said you looked catatonic during your performance?
TONY DOVOLANI: Tonight we are focusing on the great journey we had together. The competition is over for us at this point. What’s great about it is we have a great friendship that we are going to continue. We had a lot of laughs, we had a lot of fun with each other. They didn’t show that, but we know we had a great time. She has a friend here [points to himself].
KG: Back at you!

Tom asked to forgo your goodbye package so he could keep going with the live interview. What did you think of that?
KG: I didn’t give it much thought. I love Tom. He’s been a great supporter. He always made sure I was okay, going out of his way to find me. He’s a great guy. I love Brooke. I love everyone here. I just think it was so amazing to have met such a wonderful group of people.
TD: I thought Tom was amazing for taking that moment. It was such an emotional moment and he wanted to share it with the audience. And he was amazing, he’s so great on his feet. The fact that he gave both of us the opportunity to speak from our hearts was emotional. Kate was very emotional but she was still able to find the strength to thank the fans, to thank me, to thank everybody around her, and to give all the other contestants hugs.
KG: He allowed me to finish crying so I could speak.

What are you going to tell your kids? Have you called them yet?
KG: I strategically had them watch a movie tonight instead of watching the show, and then I will tell them tomorrow personally. Every week they were getting more and more nervous with me. I wouldn’t discuss it with them, but every week they would come and say, ‘Mommy, I hope you make it.’ They were getting more and more concerned. They will be upset, but they will be okay.

Which dance did you think you did the best?
KG: The tango was the best.
TD: The tango was the best, yes. But I thought every week she showed improvement. That was the thing that was very impressive to me. She was slowly transforming, and I felt so thankful to the fans for giving us the opportunity to show that. It truly means that anyone can learn how to dance, regardless of what is going on in their life or with their physical ability. In this case, Kate had three other lives going on at the same time and still gave me 100 percent for my lessons. Where she found the energy, I don’t know. It’s beyond me, what she deals with in everyday life. Most people would probably crawl up in a corner and cry themselves to sleep. This one dusts herself off every day, and I mean every day.  She had no clue what she was waking up to, reading the tabloids, what was being written about her, what was made up every single day — to the point they were making up stories about how we don’t get along, which was complete nonsense.

What was it like for you, Tony? She’s articulated what it’s like to endure all the press, but what was it like having a partner who was being constantly written about?
KG: I’m going to answer that and I’ll tell you why. Originally, when I met Tony I said, ‘You have no idea what you are in for, you have no idea what you are facing. Let me try to warn you.’ I tried to warn him and he said, ‘Oh, okay, we’ve dealt with paparazzi and press before.’ And I said, ‘yeah oooh-kay.’ So it wasn’t until two or three weeks ago when he called me after practice. I was standing at my kitchen sink and he called to say, ‘Honestly, seriously? Is this really what you deal with every single day?’ And I said, ‘Tony, YES.’ [She looks at Dovolani.] You didn’t have any words. He was silent.
TD: I didn’t have the words. Some tabloid had taken my words and twisted them. And I was very clear about my words. I don’t stumble very often. The fact that they took my words and twisted them, I was like, wow. I can only imagine. That made me read some of the articles about Kate. And I was like, whoa.  This is weird. I can’t believe people actually read that.

Can you take a vacation now, Kate?
TD: You mean with those three other lives she has? She gave me six hours she didn’t have!
KG: The one thing you can say is that I don’t have six extra hours, but there were days of the week that I didn’t run for an hour. I will never NOT have an hour to run every day. To be honest, I’m looking forward to going back to running every day. It’s my stress relief.

Would you ever consider doing a scripted show in the future?
KG: I thought I would. I’m so real, I see myself as a co-host in the future, maybe not so much acting. Maybe after 150,000 acting lessons. But I don’t know. I wear my emotions on my sleeve. [Dovolani chuckles.] Tony is shocked to hear that.

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  • HadEnough?


    • Nite Hawk

      Now the haters will have field day. What is it about a powerful women that so upsets people? Maybe these people just have unresolved mommy issues. Time to grow up people.

      • KC

        Ding dong the witch is dead!

      • snarkle

        She told the hair and makeup people and everyone she saw goodbye and they hated to hear it?? Lol lol, yeah right Kate. Talk about a lack of self awareness!

      • Nobody

        Khate isn’t powerful, people hate her because she’s the biggest f’ing b*tch on the planet. Hilary Clinton is powerful. Khate Gosselin is a wannabe fame wh0re. Big difference there.

      • Erik

        Wait, Kate is POWERFUL???

        She’s an opportunistic woman who’s uterus was in the right place at the right time. Maybe now she can actually stay home (like she lied and said she was going to do while training/practicing during the taping of DWTS). Her kids need to be raised.

      • redbull

        a powerful woman–chuckle- how about a woman who cant even control her own mouth and as she said says the first thing that comes to her mind- not a good quality always- but you know kate- she thinks she is interesting–chuckle again–gut feelings–where was her gut when having marital problems—????? Her as a cohost—oh my goddd — thinks alot of herself doesnt she–oh yeah== for the sake of the kids–enough already

      • Teeneer

        If by “powerful woman” you mean a self-absorbed, whiny, controlling, stuck-up little BITCH, yeah, she was powerful

      • Garry

        What’s so “powerful” about her? She’s a whiny, b*tchy attention addict who complains about the media following her every move, but she still keeps appearing on TV! And she’ll have yet another new show this summer!

        Is being a “celebrity” with no talent for anything the only way she can earn a living?

      • Jammy

        There’s a big difference between being powerful and being abusive.

      • kross

        lol@ powerful. The only difference between her and the other fame wh_ _ _ Heidi Montag is Heidi paid for bigger boobs!

      • deedee

        she has a powerful uterus, that’s true

      • Leslie

        Ha ha! So true – definitely the haters have mommy abandonment issues – get over it haters and find some other strong woman to bash all over!

      • Leslie

        Ha ha! So true – definitely the haters have mommy abandonment issues – get over it haters and find some other strong woman to bash all over!

      • Leslie

        Ha ha! Totally true – the haters definitely have mommy abandonment issues! Go away haters and find another strong woman to bash all over!

      • robert

        Dear Nite Hawk – there are powerful women and there are POWER IS CORRUPTING women – Kate belongs in the CORRUPTING class

      • What

        What is it about weak women that some of you weaker women need to follow worship martyr and relish in your/their fake victimhood. Meanwhile I bet you hate all the really strong an powerful women in the world.

      • Carm

        I don’t hate her. She was the worst dancer. She should have been written off first. It is called Dancing with the Stars. It is not supposed to be a popularity contest but that is exactly what people made it into.

      • msd

        Powerful my A$$! She is a walking uterus and a fame whore. Tony has been a complete gentleman throughout this whole debacle. He will never say it publicly but you know he is thinking “thank **** that is over”.

      • JB

        Powerful woman?

        That just might be the dumbest thing that I have ever seen anyone say.

      • Alison

        Kate is NOT a powerful woman. She is a control freak that stikes out and drives everyone away from her and then whines, cries, and plays the pity role because she is alone. She gets off totally humilating Jon, cashing in on her kids, and living a life with no value to anyone. Everyone is tired of her crocodile tears, daily pity party, and pretending that she is anything like a real working, single woman. Kate is nothing but a national joke. She has failed at everything and her kids in long term therapy is next.

    • Elle

      Nothing bothers me about a POWERFUL WOMAN. I am extremely bothered, however, by an emotionally manipulative, abusive one, though.

      • Pete

        Well said!! I totally agree, she’s also a whiny sour puss! I’m glad she’s gone, now maybe a powerful woman will win this season!

      • Teeneer

        EXACTLY!!!!! Oprah Winfrey, Madonna, Maya Angelou, Barbra Streisand, Hilary Clinton, THOSE are powerful women. Kate Gosselin is just a manipulative harpy.

      • adam

        Come on! Whoever said Oprah is retarded. She is a self righteous vain selfish biotch.( just cuz she gives a lot doesn’t make her a saint. She only does it for self promotion) “Oprah doesn’t do stairs” Haha.

      • bill

        woah there “teener”. you are certainly not a teen if babs and the material girl are on your short list of powerful women. hahahaha

    • LAJackie

      I want to know what her three other lives are?

    • MrsDolly

      She wears her emotions on her sleeve? She only has one emotion. What does she do with the other sleeve?

  • doodle

    And in the end…..you suck…..we all knew it…..and you finally did too….

    • kate #2

      Kate is beautiful, ugh,you shrewish women are SOOOOOOOOO jealous of her!!!!! It’s okay, you can admit it.

      • Josie

        *looks down ashamed* yeah, you’re right kate #2 . I am SO ridiculously jealous of her!!

  • doodle

    And in the end…you suck…we knew it all along….I think in your gut..you did too…hahahahahaha

  • B

    Does her gut feeling tell her that she needs to stay off TV? Because mine does.

  • itsama

    What bs…her whole being is based on media coverage. Without it she is NOTHING!

  • Bobbi Jo Roth

    Kate has nothing to be ashamed of! She gave it her best shot & I’m proud of her! With everything else she has going on in her life, she needed something fun to focus on! I hope she takes some “ME” time! She deserves it! I’m so happy she’s rid of the “biggest-loser” baby/brat, John G. I pray she can move forward to better days. You Go Girl! Head Up High! xo bjr

    • Anna

      Nothing to be ashamed of except that she’s a self centered spoiled whining miserable piece of ****!

    • snarkle

      Hey Bobbi Jo Ruth, by any chance were your parents siblings???

    • Chloe

      Takes some ME time? Her entire life to date has consisted of ME time.

      • JB

        Amen, Chloe.

    • kross

      by “ME” time if you were referring to her just getting away from the kids and doing her own thing, well..isn’t that what she’s been doing of the last 1 1/2 years?????

    • C.

      Kate has a lot going on??? Nothing that she hasn’t brought on herself. Soooo busy at home?? She has nannies, housekeepers, groundskeepers. I would bet she doesn’t ever do laundry much less cook. Bought a million plus dollar house for THE KIDS? Give me a break.Needs the money?? She writes books. Soooo sick of hearing her whine.

  • Wherethewindblows

    Na na na na, na na na na, hey hey-ey, goodbye.

    Good F$#%#^^# riddance. Kate, its about time.

  • sam

    I am really not trying to be mean to this woman, but what makes her think that anyone would want to see her host anything? I have never seen her other show, but from what I have seen of her on DWTS, she is a rather unpleasant person who is not very bright. She should save her reality show money.

    • Dan

      Who cares what you think!

      • J.P.

        I do. That’s why people read message boards, dumbass–because they are interested in other points of view regarding stupid subjects like celebrity dancing shows.

    • KNeff

      I’m with ya Sam…I have a friend who was an avid J&K+8 watcher. HE said Jon was a wimp for not bitch slapping Kate~but did say that she was extremely abusive and just downright awful to everyone~not just her family.
      I have never seen the show, never wanted to. All of these reality show people are all of a sudden CELEBRITIES?
      She doesn’t spend enough time at home. She talks all of the time about providing for her kids. I am a single mother (no, not of 8 kids) and I have a full time job, receive no child support, yet my children are able to get to school, church, dance, soccer, etc. on time & all by myself.
      That’s the problem…she believes she is entitled to be a co-host of a show. I would like her to go home & BE A MOTHER.

  • Diane

    Tony is such a gentleman.

    • Annie

      Classy guy!

    • redbull

      kudos to Tony– first class fella–as she said on departure- he put up with the same scenario every week with her..can only imagine…

    • Nobody

      News flash for you, Diane. Do you think Tony is going to tell people how he REALLY feels about Khate with her sitting right there?
      The truth is much different than what you read in this article. I’m sure he’d rather have his nuts whacked off with a weed eater than have to spend 5 more minutes with Khate.

      • kross

        Tony is not stupid. He is contractually obligate to ABC and DWTS. He isn’t going to say anything that would jeopardize his job.

      • KC

        Newsflash “nobody” that’s why he’s a gentleman. And under contract!

    • C.

      I felt bad for him with the interviews. I was so proud of him when he walked off from one.

  • Torey

    Kate’s departure (and Glee) made my evening. Something about her rubs wrong, she seems so fake. I hope she takes her children far away from the cameras and lets them have a normal, untelevised childhood. She makes plenty of money off of reruns and her books, so its not like they are going to starve without a show. What I find most perplexing is her fans, who have an intensity normally reserved for Twihards and “Palin Americans”.

    • Torey

      *it’s not like they are going to starve. I am my own Grammar Nazi ;)

      • T.C

        You are also cluttering up the message board with irrelevant nonsense nobody cares about unless they are a pretentious know-it-all who loves nothing more than to assert their intellectual superiority by finding fault with the most minute of details (sorry, the smiley face doesn’t make you any less obnoxious.)

      • T.C

        Woops, I didn’t realize the above correction was from the same poster. My bad. Sorry, grammar Nazis just piss me off.

      • Nishii

        Wow T.C, that was embarrasing to watch.

      • dana sugarman

        Ummm, actually TC it’s *whoops*.

      • @Nishii


  • plushpuppy

    The problem I have with Kate is that she never seems authentic. She comes as fake and I believe that is why people dislike her so much.
    Kate has discovered something that Lohan and Spears know that if you have no acting, music, tv, movie talent and use the media to make yourself famous that they will never leave you alone, that they eat you alive and go onto the next.

    • Janizzle

      Sorry but I have to disagree, Lindsay Lohan is a good actress! Otherwise she is a hot mess though haha.

  • Can we get to the Final Three Already


  • Mayu

    While Jon is a prick, maybe “team Kate” peeps finally see what a Bee-yah she is. She emasculated, belittled and humiliated Jon on national tv for years, and underminded his parenting skills. (Remember when she went ballistic when he used the pink bows which are meant for sundays only?)

    She did the same thing to her dance instructor. She always knew better… heck, he even almost quit on her once… Yet she never thinks it’s her fault.

    I’m sorry but her attitude sucks just as bad as her dancing, which was more awkward than the class nerd attending the prom, solo, in a blue powder tux, trying to do the Robot to a slow song.

    • Mayu

      PS, I’m on Team Niecy!!

    • Cat

      He’s proven to be such a classy, thoughtful father, NOT! Maybe there might have been a reason she was so hard on him…he wasn’t/isn’t all that good of a father now, he doesn’t even have a job!

      • What

        And someone could say maybe if she wasn’t a bitch he would have acted better. See how that works? shocking isn’t it. You have no evidence to disprove it any more than someone can disprove your fantasy of how it went. Fact is she is bitch and hag and he is an ass and a jerk. He didn’t make her that way any more than she did him. They just are period!

      • Mayu

        was there a reason she taught the professional who was trying to help her win the same way she treated jon? is there a reason she treated the makeup team with disrespect by showing up late and acting like a diva? Is there a reason her own family sided with Jon?

    • C.

      She is a user. Uses her children for money and sympathy. And we all (including me) watch the shows she is on, I guess to see how downright awful she can get.

  • Mayu

    as to the people who tout her as a working single mother who just happens to do this as her job…

    Look, she’s had tummy tucks, boob jobs, obviously she either had a brow lift or collogen injections, she had $2000 hair extensions which lasted a month. TWO THOUSAND DOLLARS!!! I had hair extensions that I wore for almost a year that costed $300 to put in and $100 every other to every third month to adjust that looked better.

    How is any of that stuff for the benefit of her kids?

    • RealityTVCheck

      I love people that go “OMFG SHE HAD TUMMY TUCK” <– if you say that, you didn't watch J&K+8 and don't know what you're talking about. The tuck and breast job were gifts, FREE ones, from a compassionate plastic surgeon who saw how bad the damage of having six infants inside of her at once. So, yeah, Kate, you suck for accepting a kind gift — I mean, what kind of person accepts a gift? What a terrible woman.

      Also, which mother in the world does not indulge in vanity? Just because you have kids doesn't mean you aren't a human being with desires, needs, and a self-image they wish to uphold. Get off your judgmental high horse and try to think about how awful her emotional life is — self caused or not.

      • Mayu

        she had a tummy tuck, boob job, TWO THOUSAND DOLLAR hair extensions, collegen injections, a brow lift.

        Tummy tuck I can understand, I can even understand the boob job… but two thousand dollar hair extensions? Injections? Partying in New York at night clubs? yeah that’s great for her kids.

      • NoChance

        The tummy tuck was free but the breast augmentation was not (that I’m aware of). Dr. Glassman wouldn’t do it so it happened at a later time.
        Giving Kate a little slack, the tummy tuck was needed after carrying 6 babies at the same time.

    • Annie

      Yup… and don’t forget the tabloids quoted Kate as saying she was going to WIN DWTS. Yeah, right. I did not watch DWTS due to Kate and will not watch her TLC shows period. Just posting this for the network boobs who read this — Kate may get ratings — but she is 12 minutes into her 15 minutes of fame. Yeesh. Enough of her already!!!

    • C.

      Bravo, Well said!!!!!

  • Debbie

    Congrats to Tony!!!!

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