"Dancing With the Stars" host Tom Bergeron said it best when tennis legend Martina Navratilova and her pro partner, Tony Dovolani, became the first pair eliminated from season 14 on Tuesday: "Sorry, buddy."
Sorry indeed. As many readers have complained about in our "DWTS" chats, Tony has been paired with quite a number of underperformers who had little chance of advancing far into the competition. And as Tuesday once again proved, many of these underperformers have come after season 10, when the pro was paired with reality TV mom Kate Gosselin, perhaps the dancer's most challenging partner to date.
On Friday, the pro hoofer, who has yet to win the coveted mirror ball trophy, appears on Anderson Cooper's talk show "Anderson" via satellite to dish about the popular ballroom bash, and he doesn't shy away from talking about his experiences with the mom of multiples.
"I always feel bad for you because you got stuck with Kate Gosselin," his host said. "I remember watching her dance. I'm still traumatized by that experience."
"Wait, wait. Anderson, did you just call it a dance? We didn't dance," the pro replied.
Ouch! And here we thought the pro who has a seemingly infinite amount of patience with his partners was one of the nicest and would never speak ill of a current or past celeb partner!
That wasn't all Tony had to say about his experience ... um, performing with Kate.
The pro told Anderson that after he and Kate finished in eighth place during season 10, he needed some professional help. "There was a lot of therapy involved," Tony admitted with a chuckle.
For fans of the show who watched the season, that revelation may not come as a complete shock. After all, the pro became so frustrated during a rehearsal with Kate that he quit and walked out of the dance studio.
Tony and Martina's "Anderson" interview airs Friday, March 30. Check AndersonCooper.com for local air times.
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