Shortly after The Situation was eliminated from "Dancing With The Stars" on Tuesday (October 12) night, rumors began to circulate that the "Jersey Shore" star was sore — not physically sore, but so irritated by the results that he stormed off the set. But his partner, Karina Smirnoff, told MTV News that the reports got it wrong, and that he was actually in pain.
"No, Mike didn't storm off after we got voted off. [He'd] been hurting a lot on Tuesday," she clarified in an email. "Not sure what was wrong, but it was in his neck area. He had a doctor come in right after the show. I really hope that the injury isn't from those crazy lifts, especially since they didn't pay off. Either way, of course we would have preferred to stay, but at the same time, we had a blast dancing together."
While Smirnoff would have loved to take another spin on the dance floor with her partner, she isn't too shocked that they were voted off this week. "I think it was very predictable after Monday night," she said. "We were given some harsh criticism and the lowest scores of the night. But at the same time, I hoped that we would stay and try our luck in the next week's dance.
"I think it would be wrong to say [he's] mad. Disappointed, maybe. Mad, no," she continued. "The good news is now we can both concentrate on our other projects. For one, we both have a fitness DVD coming out. I might actually beat Mike in my release date!"
The pair had hoped that their lift-filled routine would show the judges that The Sitch was improving as a dancer, and Smirnoff was surprised that it garnered as much as it did. "The difficulty of those lifts was very high, and the judges didn't even mention anything about them as if they didn't even see them!" she said. "The audience was very supportive in ballroom, screaming, applauding throughout the performance. So at least we had the support of the audience."
In the end, Smirnoff is satisfied with the way things worked out — and happy to have a new friend. "I think we did everything possible and impossible, and I think that's the main reason why we are not mad, angry or anything like that," she wrote. "On the contrary, we are very appreciative to our fans for believing in us and keeping us in the competition that long. [I would change] absolutely nothing. I had a great partner this season. We had an awesome time dancing together. And we've become great friends because of the show."