Cheryl Burke Apologizes for ‘Dancing With the Stars’ Comment — But Not to Ian Ziering

Cheryl Burke did not mince words while talking about her "least favorite" Dancing With the Stars partner, Ian Ziering, but she probably wishes she had. After her comments about the Beverly Hills, 90210 alum made headlines over the weekend, which you can hear in the video above, Burke, 31, took to Twitter to apologize — not to Ziering but to her family, friends and fans.

"I've always lived by the rule that if you don't have anything nice to say, don't say anything at all," she began on Sunday, April 17. "Recently and regrettably, I broke that rule."

As previously reported, the DWTS pro blasted Ziering — her partner in season 4 back in 2007 — on Matthew Cole Weiss and Theo Von's Allegedly podcast, telling the hosts that spending so much time with him "made [her] want to slit [her] wrists."  

Cheryl Burke and Ian Ziering on Dancing With The Stars.
Cheryl Burke and Ian Ziering on 'Dancing With The Stars.' ABC/CAROL KAELSON

Those words have since come back to haunt her. "In the heat of an interview conversation, I used a phrase that seemingly makes light of suicide and I deeply regret it," she wrote on Twitter. "I have many friends and family members that struggle with depression and thoughts of suicide. To have said something that seemingly makes a mockery of what they've gone through and what they live with is something that I apologize for."

She continued: "I never meant to hurt anyone or trivialize the topic. I was out of line and for that I apologize."

Cheryl Burke and Ian Ziering on Dancing With The Stars.
Cheryl Burke and Ian Ziering on 'Dancing With The Stars.' ABC/CAROL KAELSON

Burke made no mention of Ziering in her tweet, but she said plenty about him in her interview. "The fact that his name is not EE-AN and it's EYE-AN makes me want to throw up," she joked, adding later that she went "crying to [DWTS] executives" to ask them to eliminate her and Ziering from the competition.

For his part, the Sharknado star, 52, has yet to acknowledge or respond to Burke's comments.

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