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Edyta Sliwinska announces she has quit 'Dancing with the Stars'

By Reality TV World staff, 08/30/2010 

Edyta Sliwinska has announced she is leaving Dancing with the Stars.

Sliwinska -- the only professional dancer who had participated in all of the ABC ballroom dancing competition's first ten seasons -- has quit Dancing with the Stars due to "a major disagreement" with the show's producers, TMZ reported Monday.

"The producers' vision of what they wanted my career to be did not meet my expectations. They wanted my career to be the show. I can't be a dancer my whole life," the 29-year-old dancer told TMZ.

In addition, Sliwinska said she was also frustrated that Dancing with the Stars' producers haven't included her husband Alec Mazo in the show more.

"I want to work more with my husband and [the producers] didn't make him a big part of the show or very involved,' she told TMZ.

Mazo won Dancing with the Stars' first season with Kelly Monaco but didn't participate in another edition until the show's Spring 2007 fourth season, when he was paired with supermodel Paulina Porizkova, who ended up being the first celebrity voted off by viewers.  He was then cast in Dancing with the Stars' Fall 2007 fifth season with supermodel Josie Maran, but was once again part of the first couple voted off.

Mazo then returned for the show's Fall 2008 seventh season, where he was paired with singer Toni Braxton and finished eighth in the competition, and its Fall 2009 ninth season, where he was paired with Olympic gold-medal swimmer Natalie Coughlin and finished in tenth place.

Sliwinska told TMZ she has several post-Dancing with the Stars projects in the works.

"I am also going back to school to get my degree in Communications and Dance. I also have more projects that I want to work on," she said.

However Sliwinska is still under contract to the show, according to a TMZ source, so her immediate plans are unlikely to include another dance show.

Dancing with the Stars had no comment on Sliwinska's remarks.

Sliwinska and Mazo wed in 2007.

ABC will formally announce Dancing with the Stars' eleventh-season cast during tonight's Bachelor Pad broadcast.

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