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Will 'DWTS' Producers Fire Karina Smirnoff After She Posed for 'Playboy'?

by PopEater Staff, posted Apr 8th 2011 8:00AM

Karina Smirnoff's future on 'Dancing With the Stars' could be uncertain after Hugh Hefner announced on Wednesday that she had posed nude for the May issue of 'Playboy' magazine.

"If Karina posed naked, she can kiss her dancing days goodbye," a 'DWTS' insider told Popeater immediately after hearing of Hef's announcement on Twitter. "I hope for Karina's sake that this isn't true."

Oh, but it looks to be true as Us Weekly says they've confirmed, though Karina's rep has yet to respond and ABC told me they weren't commenting. In the meantime, the sexy dancer will continue to wow audiences each week with surprise favorite 'Karate Kid' Ralph Macchio. However, the biggest surprise is going to come later this month when the May issue of Playboy hits newsstands.

Given Ralph and Karina's popularity so far this season, it seems more than likely that they will still be foxtrotting away when the issue is released to the world.

The immediate response of ABC, I'm told, is that having one of their dancers pose naked during an ongoing season could "soil" the wholesome show's image.

"ABC publicity department controls the image of this show with an iron fist. It's a cash cow and they are not going to allow its reputation to be soiled by a dancer who wants to do Playboy," an ABC source tells me.

Aside from getting into hot water with family-TV fans and the network, I'm told that Karina may have violated the terms of her contract by posing for the venerable lad mag without getting her bosses to sign off on it.

It wouldn't be the first time a member of the 'DWTS' family has had to be stopped.

"Just a few weeks ago, ABC PR stopped [the show's host] Tom Bergeron from doing a live webcast with an outlet they didn't approve of. I can only imagine is going on right now after Hef's tweet."

Karina also wouldn't be the only person on the ballroom floor who has posed naked in Playboy. Hugh has visited the ballroom several times to cheer on his former girlfriend Kendra Wilkinson as a contestant on the show, but obviously he was paying close attention to another lady on the dance floor.

'Dancing With the Stars' airs Mondays at 8PM ET and Tuesdays at 9PM ET on ABC

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DJ Nyxx

So? Kendra Wilkinson is on DWTS and she was in Playboy. Type in "Kendra Wilkinson nude" on Google image search and tell me that's not something that would "soil" ABC's "reputation".

April 09 2011 at 5:33 PM Report abuse rate up rate down Reply
valeriejeann

Frankly, I don't think she should be fired. She is one of their very best dancers, but I am disappointed that she posed nude for playboy. Those Playboy models are brain dead and have to use their bodies to "be someone" and Karina is smart and talented. I guess money talks.

April 08 2011 at 1:06 PM Report abuse -1 rate up rate down Reply
NicholsCordero

This show almost always has at least one woman who has posed for Playboy per season. It's way too late to play the morality card now. From the first winner to the current co-host...Kelly Monaco, Rachel Hunter, Tia Carrere,Lisa Rinna,Shanna Moakler, Denise Richards, Holly Madison, Joanna Krupa, Pamela Anderson, Brooke Burke.

There may be more but those are the names that i came up with.

April 08 2011 at 12:00 PM Report abuse rate up rate down Reply
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Kathi J

The show and network have no control over what the "stars" have done in the past ... it's an entirely different story when one of the dancers, under contract with them, poses nude for Playboy.

April 08 2011 at 1:42 PM Report abuse rate up rate down Reply
cadotso

Who cares if she poses for Playboy anyway? If you have young children watching the show over the years then they have already gotten an eyeful of about 80% of Karina's anatomy while fully costumed....seriously ABC putting a few Disney stars on every year does not make for wholesome....

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April 08 2011 at 11:43 AM Report abuse rate up rate down Reply
cadotso

WHAT WHOLESOME IMAGE??? Am I watching a different show??? HUH?? Playboy models, Pam Anderson and the costumes on many many many of the female dancers with parts looking to pop out, heck in season 1 a contestants "chesticles" as Len puts it DID pop out. Now lets talk about the outfits worn by the cohost. All of the costumes and ladies are beautiful, dont get me wrong I have no objection to any of it other than suggesting that it is light years away from being wholesome by any definition of the word.

AND DONT GET ME STARTED ON BRUNOS COMMENTS....... YIKES, HES MADE ME BLUSH

April 08 2011 at 11:39 AM Report abuse +1 rate up rate down Reply
devinmcmusters

They can put that ho Kendra on there and forget what her past is?

April 08 2011 at 8:55 AM Report abuse rate up rate down Reply

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