"Mike didn't storm off after we got voted off. [He'd] been hurting a lot on Tuesday. 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."
-Professional dancer Karina Smirnoff, commenting on the exit of "Dancing With the Stars" partner Mike "The Situation" Sorrentino. After three weeks of squeaking by in the competition, the Situation was finally shown the door on Tuesday night (October 12) after bringing in the lowest scores of the week from the judges. Though he disappeared immediately after being eliminated, dance partner Smirnoff explained to MTV News' Jocelyn Vena that the Situation's reasoning was medical, not emotional.
Though that's not to say he wasn't a little bummed by the results. "I think it would be wrong to say [he's] mad. Disappointed, maybe. Mad, no," Smirnoff said. "I think it was very predictable after Monday night. 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. 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!"
Smirnoff also defended the Situation's abilities, insisting that the judges didn't take into account the fact that the "Jersey Shore" star was challenging himself. "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."