Jaleel White claims that his altercation with Dancing with the Stars partner Kym Johnson was blown out of proportion, according to Reality TV World.
White told People magazine, “It was completely exaggerated.” Following Monday’s performance, White alleged told Johnson she was “acting like a baby” after he stepped on her foot during Friday’s rehearsal.
White said, “We go to work every and there is an alley full of tabloid reporters. It’s not fair to us and that’s life, and I hope people can see through it. There’s not drama in my life.”
The argument apparently started after White became upset with Johnson’s reaction and he “got in her face,” proceeded to yell at her and called her an idiot.
Another participant on the show, Donald Driver attempted to calm White down, but reports claim he continued to yell at Johnson. Dancer Mark Ballas stepped in and then before the situation could have resulted in something physical, producers came and broke it up.
The producers of the show apparently banned White from the studio for the rest of the day.
This incident has not hindered the dancing partners’ relationship. Johnson still had pleasant words to say about White.
“This has been a stressful week for us, and people have stressful weeks. [Today} was horrible. I thought we got through it really well, and our dance tonight will show everyone that we really have a great connection. This is really the first week we only had four days to learn,” Johnson said.
White claims that his meltdown is a result of the stress of the competition and not because of personal feelings towards partner Johnson.
“They literally do not let you rehearse without a camera. You’re watching everything and it’s tough. I’m a sitcom generation kid. I’m not used to all this tabloid stuff.”
The dancing duel managed to tie for fifth place on Monday night, scoring 25 out of 30 points.
No footage on Dancing with the Stars has shown the incident between White and Johnson.