Steve Guttenberg talks about "man-go" performance, 'Dancing' ouster
By Christopher Rocchio, 04/02/2008
When Steve Guttenberg learned he'd be performing a "man-on-man tango" with professional Jonathan Roberts during last night's live sixth-season results show broadcast, the popular 1980s actor said he should have seen it as a sign his Dancing with the Stars journey was probably coming to a close.
"I got to dance with a man -- I did a 'man-go.' I think the producers knew that I was leaving so they just said, 'Let's put him with a guy!'" said Guttenberg during a Tuesday night Jimmy Kimmel Live appearance that followed his elimination from Dancing with the Stars sixth season.
"I did what I was told and I had a great time. The truth is I knew it'd be entertaining."
Despite being entertaining, Guttenberg and his professional partner Anna Trebunskaya -- Roberts' wife -- became the third couple eliminated from Dancing with the Stars' sixth season based on a combination of the judges' scores from Monday night's performance episode and home viewer votes cast immediately following the broadcast.
"I think there's so many talented people on it -- that's what's great," said Guttenberg. "It's a chance for everybody in America -- we're in a tough economic time, we've got a crazy presidential race going on -- so I think that this show is so good for everybody and it makes the world a better place. I was glad to be on it."
During the interview, Kimmel also asked Guttenberg what he thought about Penn Jillette's recent comments that he felt it was unfair that Dancing with the Stars casts celebrity participants like Olympic gold medalist figure skater Kristi Yamaguchi, who has been atop the judges' leaderboard two weeks in a row. (Jillette and fellow competitor Monica Seles were eliminated in last week's initial Dancing with the Stars sixth-season results show.)
"It's not a real competition," explained Guttenberg. "In a real ballroom competition, 10 couples dance together and the judges have a clipboard and they never talk. This is more of a television show -- an entertainment show -- so it's not a real dance competition."
In addition, the Police Academy star said home viewer votes can balance out the judges' scores.
"You've got some really talented people there, but the people who vote even it out and make it happen," he added.
While he seemed at peace with his Dancing with the Stars' ouster, Guttenberg wasn't entirely sure what caused it.
"Who knows what it is?" he asked. "The great thing is, it's an entertainment show."