Dancing With the Stars

'Dancing' star Maria Menounos asked boyfriend for permission before kissing Derek Hough

April 20, 2012 at 2:39 PM ET

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Pro hoofer Derek Hough and TV host Maria Menounos shared a big smooch during their "DWTS" performance on April 16.

If you think those dance-floor kisses between actress and TV host Maria Menounos and pro hoofer Derek Hough might mean romance between the two, think again. As it turns out, Menounos has a boyfriend, and he gave his A-OK for the platonic lip locks on "Dancing With the Stars" before they ever happened.

"I have the most understanding boyfriend on the planet," Menounos told Life & Style Weekly. "It's legal. I mean, I asked permission first, too, so that helps."

Menounos dubbed Hough a "great kisser" -- she should know with two smooches shared so far -- but she saves her off-screen kisses for producer boyfriend Keven Undergaro. As for the on-screen variety, he's used to it.

"Derek's not the first other man I've kissed, because between movies and TV shows, it happens," Menounos explained.

Having a boyfriend in the biz helps.

"It's the same as if she were acting in a movie," Undergaro assured Life & Style. "It's a role. I'm fine with it, I promise."

See if the "Dancing" star has any other kisses in store for her pro partner when the next live episode of "Dancing With the Stars" airs Monday night at 8 p.m. on ABC.

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