Cheryl Burke reveals her worst Dancing with the Stars partner: Ian Ziering?

Ever since Mischa Barton had to sashay away on this season Dancing with the Stars, the show has been lacking in drama, so let’s give the floor to former DWTS dancer Cheryl Burke to dish on the drama of the past. Cheryl, who left the show in 2014, spilled the “T” to the podcast Allegedly with Theo Von & Matthew Cole Weiss.

Cheryl, 31, whose other DWTS partners included Rob Kardashian, Drew Carey, Wayne Newton, Gilles Marini, Jack Osbourne, and Antonio Sabàto Jr., told the podcast that Ziering made her want to “slit my wrists.” Steve Sanders? Over Rob Kardashian? Really? You would think a dancer on a reality competition would be a little kinder to the C- and D-list celebrities she worked with, but not Cheryl. The full podcast won’t be released until tomorrow, but TMZ gave us a sneak peek:

She wanted to be eliminated: I was like crying to the executives, ‘Is there any way to please eliminate us?’ They were like, ‘We can’t. We can’t do that.’ And then I swear everytime I asked, we just kept going. We would last until the end.

Her seemingly biggest beef about Ian: The fact that his name is not Ian and it’s ‘Eye-yan’ makes me want to throw up! Think of spending time with that for like 8-10 hours a day, seven days a week, for three months.

[From TMZ/Allegedly podcast]

I guess I get it. Cheryl is in the process of putting together her own dancing stage show, Love on the Floor, starting up in late June at Japan’s Tokyu Theatre Orb. Why dredge up stories from 2007 when, in fact, she and Ian came in fourth on DWTS? Not too shabby, right? Actually, if you listen to the interview, she doesn’t sound all that bothered by the experience. I’m kind of thinking she felt like she had to deliver some kind of dish on the show and this, sadly, was the best she had. Don’t get me wrong, I’m no big Ian Ziering fan, but I kind of feel like he doesn’t deserve the slam. Especially after almost 10 years. We’ll have to see if she has some good stories to back it up though.

Update by Celebitchy: Burke has apologized for making light of suicide. She published this twitlonger:

I’ve always lived by the rule that if you don’t have anything nice to say, don’t say anything at all. Recently and regrettably, I broke that rule. In the heat of an interview conversation, I used a phrase that seemingly makes light of suicide and I deeply regret it. 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. I never meant to hurt anyone or to trivialize the topic. I was out of line and for that I apologize.

As E! Online notes, it’s not like she’s apologizing to Ziering though.

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  1. Bridget says:

    The dancers spend LONG days for weeks on end with their celebrity partners, so if it’s going badly I can understand how it would be utterly miserable. It’s not like an office where you can just go back to your own desk and try your best to ignore someone you dislike. You’re not just working together, you’re working TOGETHER and in each other’s personal space.

  2. says:

    I guess he wanted to slit her wrist too if after “8-10 hours a day, seven days a week, for three months” she still couldn’t make the effort to pronounce his name the right way.

  3. MC2 says:

    I’ve seen him on a few things (hangs head in embarrassment that 14 yr old self comes out when old 90210 people pop up)…..he is super annoying, controlling & just kind of weird sometimes BUT he seems to have a good heart, want to do well & cares about people. So while I would likely feel like her it seems really mean to share it like this. Oh- he also comes across as extremely sensitive so this seems extra mean. She had a job, got paid well & should be kind.

  4. HeidiM says:

    what has she done to her face? I can’t place it.

    • Pumpkin Pie says:

      Imo she lost a lot of weight. I can’t tell if she had work done.

    • GingerCrunch says:

      I think this is a good example of bangs being very complementary on someone. There tends to be some bangs hatred on Celebitchy, which I can’t understand. Probably because like Cheryl, I NEED bangs on my face! 😳

      • Lama Bean says:

        That’s exactly what it is! I couldn’t place it and you just solved the puzzle for me. It’s most evident that she needs her hair down and with bangs in the HRC picture. Not a good look for her.

    • bucketbot says:

      I think bangs work well for people with big foreheads. Its what I’ve come to notice. She does have a big forehead so it works to minimize the length of the face or something.

  5. it's like you know says:

    It seems so out of left field, after all this time. She didn’t even have any specific stories about him in the preview, either. Just that he’s keen on his name being pronounced in a super precious way. It was probably a personality clash, but it feels…mean. Not dishy.

  6. Michelle says:

    I am sure she is not the most positive person 24/7 either. Not liking the pronunciation of his name? Give me a break. If she truly did not like the guy, she should have something a little more professional like “our personalities clashed” or “we did not mesh well together” and be done with it, but saying that she wanted to slit her wrists? That’s serious, tacky, and unprofessional. Then again, we are just talking about a FORMER professional dancer, not an Oscar winning actress, member of congress, or Olympic athlete or anything.

  7. Tifygodess24 says:

    Wow it was that long ago? Time sure flies. 2007 feels like it was just last year! Yikes. But hell anytime someone says “10 years ago” I think back to the late 90s!

  8. Embee says:

    It’s good gossip, from where I am sitting!

    Of course he (and his 90210 character) always rubbed me the wrong way so I get an extra thrill. I just want some details!

  9. Cait says:

    Wait, hold up, her criticism of him is that his name doesn’t have a standard pronunciation?


  10. Carol says:

    Ian seems to have a bad rep in Hollywood at least amongst other actors – that he is very difficult to work with and too opinionated. But even if he is a douche, Cheryl shouldn’t be griping about the pronunciation of his name. That’s just so petty.

  11. Rhiley says:

    Wasn’t there a rumor that she had an affair with Drew Lachey when his wife was knocked up? Now that would be a good story. Also, I think it would be fun if Nick and Vanessa Lachey competed on the same season.

  12. MC2 says:

    Update! Cheryl apologized which is sweet……..for the slit the wrist comment NOT anything about Ian.

    This just got a little funnier.

  13. lucy2 says:

    I got really confused when I read one of her partners was Gilles Marini. I only associate that name with DwtS, I thought he was one of the professional dancers.

    • Nanster says:

      Gilles Marini was in the first Sex and the City movie – he was Samantha’s neighbor. That’s his claim to fame before DWTS.