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Kristi responds to Penn’s cheating accusation

“I think he was just doing it all in fun — you know — his sense of humor and everything,” she said.
/ Source: Access Hollywood

Earlier this week, Penn Jillette told “Access Hollywood’s” “Dancing With the Stars” correspondent Mel B, that Kristi Yamaguchi is cheating.

“Kristi Yamaguchi, she is a cheater,” he said. “She has been dancing 30 years professionally — on ice — to make it harder.”

And Friday, the Olympic champ has her say on whether his accusations were serious.

“I think he was just doing it all in fun — you know — his sense of humor and everything,” she said.

“Really?” “Access’” Maria Menounos asked.

“I don’t know,” Yamaguchi said.

“I think he was kidding around,” Yamaguchi’s dance partner, Mark Ballas said. “And (he) went a little bit too far with it as well.”

Things began Tuesday night after Yamaguchi left the competition in the dust with the highest week one score in “Dancing with The Stars” history — 27 out of 30.

After Jillette shared his comments with Mel B, he found his way over to Yamaguchi and Ballas.

“He just said he was sorry,” Ballas said.

“Right after it happened, he was, ‘Oh! Sorry, just didn’t mean to go that far with it,’” Yamaguchi recounted.

But does she think she has an advantage from her ice-skating background?

“Believe me, it wasn’t just me, it’s him,” Yamaguchi said, referring to Ballas. “Every detail. He’d stop and move my fingers, he’d stop and move my elbow. He is so amazing with the attention to details.”