Paula Deen Says She's 'Relieved' to Be Leaving 'Dancing With the Stars'

by Raphael Chestang 12:10 PM PDT, October 20, 2015
Playing Paula Deen Says She's 'Relieved' to Be Leaving 'Dancing With the Stars'

Paula Deen was voted off of Dancing With the Stars last night, but the celebrity chef told ET after the show that she's cool with it.

"I can't help but feel relieved," Deen, 68, admitted.

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In fact, Deen was so exhausted from the past six weeks of the rigorous DWTS routine that she actually rode her pro partner, Louis Van Amstel, backstage.

"I was tired," Deen said.

While Van Amstel was surprised by the elimination, Deen saw the writing on the wall.

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"I told Louis, 'I'm going home tonight,'" Deen shared.

Now that she's been excused from the ballroom, Deen will head back to more familiar territory, shaking hands and talking to fans about her latest cookbook, Paula Deen Cuts the Fat.

"I hadn't been out there to do my book signings, my book tour, so I'm so ready to get on the road," Deen said.

Even though she won't be competing every week, don't expect Deen to hang up her dancing shoes just yet. She told us she hopes to join a dance club with her husband, Michael Groover.

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While Deen and Van Amstel's night was bittersweet, there was virtually no downside to Bindi Irwin's performance with Derek Hough. They dominated the dance floor by earning a perfect score!

Watch the video below to see Irwin and Hough's flawless rumba set to "(I've Had) The Time of My Life."

Dancing With the Stars airs Monday nights at 8 p.m. ET/PT on ABC.