Soccer star Hope Solo has been kicked off of Dancing With the Stars.
Solo was eliminated from the ABC ballroom competition Tuesday after finishing in last place during the semifinal performance round. Dancing for the mirror ball trophy Monday will be actor and Army veteran J.R. Martinez, TV personality Ricki Lake and reality star Rob Kardashian.
“Instead of winning the mirror ball trophy, I’m going to try and win a gold medal this summer at the Olympics,” said a smiling Solo, who won gold in the 2008 Olympics, after learning her fate.
She didn’t seem quite as happy during Monday’s semifinals. In backstage footage shown Tuesday, Solo was seen complaining about her scores and telling the judges, “kiss my booty.” When eliminated from the ballroom, Hope’s partner Maksim Chmerkovskiy said, “It is what it is.”
Instead of acknowledging her partner’s efforts during the season, Solo cracked a joke. “I have to thank you, Maks, for casting me to be on your show,” referring to his outburst, when he said, “This is my show. I help make it what it is.”