‘Dancing With The Stars‘ takes pride in their “wholesome” show. Now one dancer may be getting to boot after Hugh Hefner announced on his website that she posed for a May edition of Playboy. Karina Smirnoff – who dances with “Karate Kid” Ralph Macchio on the hit show – supposedly posed for the May edition of Playboy according to Hefner’s Twitter where he called the shoot ‘unforgettable,’ and now the powers-to-be at ABC are less than thrilled. I guess Maksim Chmerkovskiy dropping Kirstie Alley doesn’t seem that bad now!
Per Celebrity Gossip:
An insider told press, “If Karina posed naked, she can kiss her dancing days goodbye. I hope for her sake that this isn’t true. ABC publicity department controls the image of this show with an iron fist. It’s a cash cow and they are not going to allow its reputation to be soiled by a dancer who wants to do Playboy.”
This seems a little drastic for the show being they invited Playboy model and Hef girlfriend, Kendra Wilkinson, to dance on the show and she’s been in the magazine naked many times. Besides, from the D-listers they court to the skimpy costumes they wear, the whole thing isn’t exactly Disney on Ice. Smirnoff’s naked cha-cha will likely generate a fresh wave of new interest in the show, even if it’s only from sketchy dudes praying for a wardrobe malfunction.
However – stripping is one thing, but vote pandering with your vahjayjay is another. She is a current contestant and the mag will be out before the show ends. But given the popularity of her partner and their good scores this season, I’m sure they will keep the couple on the show until the magazine is about to come out anyway. Ratings trump all!
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