It was a double-elimination on Dancing with the Stars tonight. To read the parting words from the booted male and female, head to the jump:
No more laughs and no more hot abs – Kirstie Alley and Gilles Marini were both knocked out of the competition Tuesday! While that gives their partners a chance to spend more time together (in case you’ve been living under a rock, Maks Chermkovskiy and Peta Murgatroyd are dating), there will be no more skin shots from the Switched at Birth star and no more comic relief from the likes of Alley, who worked like a zen master when it came to de-grumping her Ukrainian hoofer.
What’s her secret? “Tranquilizers, horse tranquilizers,” she told reporters afterwards. “The human ones didn’t really work!” All kidding aside, she appreciates the work her partner did. “I’m so glad I did it and it was a great run. You know, Maks tried his hardest but come on. The bottom line is, there’s extraordinary dancers on here and the first time we did the show it was sort of, everyone was even Steven. From the time I saw this cast I was slightly flipping out and rightfully so.”
Marini was also complimentary of his partner. “Peta pushed me to the limits. Two weeks shy [of the finals]. It’s all good. It’s not always about winning. It’s about how hard you try.”
He did suspect his days were numbered last week, when he and Murgatroyd finished second to last in the swing dance marathon and only earned five points. (Alley and Chermkovskiy finished lower). “We were pretty much the first one to go [in the marathon dance],” he said. “That makes us having to catch points. The marathon just did it.
“This is probably for a lot of people, maybe a little shocking,” Marini continued. “It’s a very good show. They know how to make drama and it’s good.” When asked if he regrets doing all-stars, the French actor was rather cryptic: “I plead the fifth. Um, no regrets because I met Peta.”
As for Alley, “I think we got better and we had fun and we got to meet a lot of amazing people, truly. I’ve learned you’re insane for joining this cast and I think that Maks and I have an amazing relationship that evolves and before this show, I didn’t know our position with each other really and I do now. You love me! I love him.”
Next up for Alley — sleep. “I’ve decided for 48 hours, I’m going to hire someone to wait on me and give me whatever I want while I watch Law & Order: Criminal Intent and Criminal Minds marathon. I’m obsessed with forensics!” Adds Chermkovskiy, “she’s trying to find the best way to kill me and get away with it on Law & Order.”
After that, Alley will shoot her pilot Giant Baby, a comedy in development for TV Land that’s about a Broadway star (Alley) who gave up her son for adoption 26 years ago. She plans to invite Chermkovkiy as a guest star, but not to play a dancer. — With reporting from Carole Gilnes