Don't cry for Kirstie Alley, Dancing With the Stars fans! The actress, 61, may have been hysterical after her cartwheel on Monday's episode of Dancing With the Stars: All-Stars, but she swears it was with laughter, not tears.
"Clear the record. She wasn't crying after the cartwheel — she was dying laughing!" the star's partner, Maksim Chmerkovskiy, told Us Weekly after the show. "I said I would walk her through it slowly, but I whipped her around and she was terrified! She just stood there! Laughing!"
"It freaked me out!" Alley chimed in. "I was in a state of shock. It was hysterical laughter. Like the kind serial killers do when they rip someone apart!"
Alley and the Ukrainian-born Chmerkovskiy, 32, tore up the floor with a fun, energetic Charleston but earned just 30 points out of 40 from Carrie Ann Inaba, Len Goodman, Bruno Tonioli, and guest judge Paula Abdul. That put the dynamic duo in last place, two points behind Bristol Palin and Mark Ballas.
Chmerkovskiy, for one, thinks he and his partner were robbed.
"This woman does things that she shouldn't. And it's not an age thing. There have been celebrities before in her demographic, and they have done nowhere near what Kirstie and I are doing," he said. "We work crazy hours, we have incredible physical output — she literally has no life! I'm very proud of her, and the scores don't reflect what she deserves."
Chmerkovskiy isn't the only one who thinks that. Alley has plenty of people rooting for her — including her kids, William True and Lillie Price, two of her biggest fans.
"They're really proud of me. They think I am Superwoman and can do everything," she boasted to Us. But that has its drawbacks, too. "They aren't offering me something to eat, some ice, anything! I'm like, 'I need some ice up here! I've been doing this all day long!'"
Still, the actress says all the blood, sweat, and tears are worth it.
"I'm happy to be here," she said. "During the week, I go through an evolution probably like everyone else does, where I'm like, 'What am I doing here? I'm going to kill myself. What am I doing?' But then you get some confidence, and you're like, 'Oh, I'm sort of good. This is fun!'"
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