'She's a single mom, so I give her all the credit in the world for showing up,' partner Tony Dovolani says.
Fan favorite Kate Gosselin and her partner Tony Dovolani were sent packing on Tuesday night's "Dancing With the Stars," whittling the celebrity contestants down to seven.
Gosselin and Dovolani landed in the bottom two for the first time this week, and it was an emotional end to her run. In spite of continually receiving low scores, fans of the reality-TV mom voted for her to stay on the show week after week.
"Well, you know, it is what it is," Kate offered when co-host Brooke Burke asked if she was surprised to be in the bottom two. "Kind of, maybe, but not really."
The judges didn't seem all that surprised, but they were baffled that Pamela Anderson and partner Damian Whitewood landed in the bottom two.
"It's crazy, and it's not right!" an animated Bruno Tonioli said.
Gosselin was so worked up, she initially was unable to speak upon learning that she had been voted off.
"I'm very proud of Kate, because I know she gets a lot of criticism out there and it is difficult â especially knowing my wife is watching with three kids â [Kate] has eight kids, and she's a single mom, so I give her all the credit in the world for showing up," Dovolani said. "As exhausted as she was, she still showed up every day. As a teacher, I'm very proud of you, because I thought you danced beautifully. You showed America that it doesn't matter how much things go against you, you still come out here and give it your best."
Finally, after crying for a bit, Gosselin could speak. "My gut feelings are always right, and it's OK," she said. "I had the opportunity; I'm very, very honored to have been here. I love everyone that I met. It was a great experience, and I'm sorry I'm crying. I'm a crybaby!"