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Louis van Amstel sorry for saying Kate Gosselin needs a psychologist

By Christopher Rocchio, 04/27/2010 

Louis van Amstel has clarified and apologized for recent remarks he made that ousted Dancing with the Stars' tenth-season celebrity participant Kate Gosselin "needs a psychologist."

"I want to apologize to Kate. I really do. She grew on all of us so much," van Amstel told Us Weekly following Monday night's performance episode.

"What I was meaning to say is that dance is like therapy. It's such a great way to use movement without having to talk about it -- just move and go to a certain place. That's what I said and that was what Kate needed."

The former Jon & Kate Plus 8 star and her professional partner Tony Dovolani became the fourth couple eliminated from Dancing with the Stars' tenth season last Wednesday, and van Amstel subsequently told Us later in the week that Gosselin "showed more of herself" in the competition "at the last minute."

"You'd have to break her down and then teach -- what's going on, what's holding you down. She needs a psychologist, that's what it is," he told Us at the time. "In the end, I felt really bad for Kate."

Even before Dancing with the Stars' tenth season premiered, reports surfaced that Gosselin was acting like a "total diva" on the set.

While Gosselin denied the report, Dancing with the Stars' professional Mark Ballas subsequently described her as "standoffish" during their first meeting.

After the competition began, judge Bruno Tonioli compared her dancing to "crap."

Van Amstel -- who is paired with actress, comedian and Clean House host Niecy Nash for the show's tenth season -- told Us on Monday night that "it was hard" for Gosselin to receive the harsh comments from the judges but added "she coped with it really good."

"It's a shame that she couldn't be here long enough to really show people at home," he told Us.

Nash agreed and added that "a lot of people didn't really get that Kate wanted to be here."

"It didn't translate on camera. But we saw it a lot backstage -- she really did want to be here," Nash told Us. "Finding a way to break through so that the audience got it was, I think, where she struggled."

In addition, Nash said she understands what Gosselin was going through since she has three children at home.

"And I'm struggling to get out of the house -- if I had eight I would want to stay and be the last woman standing!" she told Us. "It's difficult -- it's not an easy thing."

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