On Tuesday night's "Dancing with the Stars: All-Stars" results show, it may not have been a surprise that Bristol Palin was eliminated from the competition (the reality star and her partner Mark Ballas were regularly at the bottom of the judges' leaderboard), but what was a surprise was how quietly she went down.
After Palin's not-so-shocking (and to some, long overdue) elimination, she left the scene without talking to any press. Perhaps she was still smarting over being the last kid picked for next week's Team Dance.
Bristol Palin's "DWTS" reign has been the subject of scrutiny by fans of the show, and a mysterious package even turned up on the CBS lot with a warning to remove her from the show.
Sandwiched amid past mirror ball winners such as Shawn Johnson, Emmitt Smith, and Apolo Ohno, Palin was a clear underdog. Still, she managed to outlive former champs Helio Castroneves and Drew Lachey in the All-Stars competition.
Throughout the season, some of Palin's fellow "DWTS" competitors didn't hide their feelings about her presence on the All-Stars cast.
On the show's premiere, former "Baywatch" actress Pamela Anderson remarked that Bristol "has got the whole Tea Party" on her side.
During an appearance on "Jimmy Kimmel Live," ousted contestant Drew Lachey called Palin "the ultimate underdog," while "DWTS" pro dancer Anna Trebunskaya quipped "maybe the election" had something to do with Palin's longevity on the show. Trebunskaya also joked, "They showed her clip of shooting guns and I think people kind of got concerned, like what if they don't vote for her."
Even Ballas told reporters, "You can drag a horse to water but you can't make it drink," when describing working with Palin on this week's dance. (He wanted her to think outside the box a bit more, in a bunny costume sort of way.)
Last week, even Anderson Cooper got his two cents in. The talk show host said, "I am thinking of starting a job fair for people ... who just need to get jobs, [like] Lindsay Lohan, Bristol Palin. I think they just need to get jobs, stop being on TV."
Despite her backstage press diss, Palin did the obligatory "Jimmy Kimmel Live" appearance late Tuesday night. When asked what she attributed her reign on the show to -- in light of having some of the lowest scores in the competition -- she said, "I think people just enjoy our dances…enjoy the normalcy of it."
But Jimmy Kimmel had some advice for the 21-year-old reality star. "There's something about you people are rooting for. You could probably take this further," he said. "You probably could run for Vice President or something if you wanted."
Next week on "Dancing With the Stars": It's Guilty Pleasures week (think really cheesy songs!), and two one-hour performance shows that include those Team Dance freestyles!
The next episode of "Dancing with the Stars" airs live on Monday Oct. 22 at 8/7c on ABC.
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